I just have a question for anyone who has switched between pump brands. Not necessarily interested in doing this just yet, but curious.
I have a Minimed Revel pump. So far, I've loved it. Had very few issues, it's withstood a fair amount of abuse since I got it a year ago, and it meets my needs for management. I initially went with the Minimed because it was a system I was familiar with, I liked Carelink, the pump is reliable/durable, and it had an integrated CGM.
Overall, I've been happy with my decision. While I ended up not using the CGM, it's a nicer feature to have if I ever want to use it. The pump has been incredibly reliable and my control hasn't ever been this good.
There are three things that bug me about the Revel:
1. It's not completely waterproof.
2. The screen is hard for me to read (and I have pretty decent vision!)
3. No remote bolusing feature.
So, I had two questions - 1. Am I only able to switch pumps once my Minimed is out of warranty? and 2. When will Minimed be updating the Revel and, when that happens, are they going to be including any of the three features I list above?
In general, I would prefer to stay with Minimed if they had plans to include any of the above features, but I am starting to wonder if it wouldn't be better to have a pump that is truly waterproof.
Thanks, all. Your responses have been very helpful! The one thing I remember when seeing/handling the Animas Ping at a seminar was that it was slightly larger than the Minimed and when I clipped it on my waistband, the little black cap where the tubing came out of kept hitting me in my stomach. It was annoying and one of those little things that I was worried would bug me enough to affect compliance once I had it. Also, I didn't like the number of button pushes I had to go through to deliver a bolus. BUT, the waterproof feature was nice and so was the screen.
Bottom line, I think I'm sticking with my Minimed for now. It works so well and things have improved so much that I don't want to rock the boat. I just really, really hope that Minimed at least makes its next model to be both waterproof and to have a better screen.