Good afternoon everyone!
I've been been using the Omnipod for a little over 2 years with success for the most part. I immediately went on weeks after a Type 1 diagnosis (25 years old, 6'2", 210lbs, sorts came out of nowhere).
Due to various circumstances (Moving from FL -> HI -> NY) and simply not being on top of my diabetes management as I should be (my A1C had jumped back up into the high 7's, low 8's from low 6); I'm floating the idea of moving to the Minimed Revel to gain the benefit of a integrated CGM for better visibility into my food and exercise as well as some addition pros/cons.
I've seen various accounts, but without much detail, of those who have gone to the OmniPod from the Minimed as well as the other way around... I know OmniPod has been saying new/smaller pods with Dexcom integration, but I've also seen rumors that it's pushed back into 2012 and there's almost no literature guaranteeing anything. So here are some pros and cons I'm looking at of adding the Dexcom to my arsenal vs. going to Minimed...
- Gain CGM integration (the big win I'm aiming for)
- Consolidate what I carry to a single device (the Minimed pump, vs PDM & Dexcom receiver), this actually frees up a pocket and I lose the concern of "Do I have my PDM with me?" (which it always is, but I'm quite paranoid when traveling....)
- I can say goodbye to faulty pods and losing significant amounts of insulin (I've been on a good run, but recently had 3 pods go on me 3 days in a row)
- Batteries (1 AAA vs. 2 that need changing more frequently, not a deal breaker by any means)
- Hellllllo hot tubs! (I can remove the minimed vs. a pod stuck to my hip, preventing me from enjoying a hot tub)
- No more pod snagging, ouch (though I'm sure tubes catch on things as well; but the pod is a much larger target)
- Fewer finger pricks with the CGM (the number needed to calibrate daily will be less than what I do on a daily basis now (5-7).
- Costs may be lower (luckily, I have pretty good insurance, the monthly out of pocket costs for infusion sets per month I believe is going to be less than a box of pods)
- I gain tubing... the biggest and obvious con, which will require getting used to (primarily when sleeping, though rolling over on a pod isn't that pleasant either...)
- I need to adjust to a new workflow and hardware
- No more showing off a very cool piece of technology
- Minimed may be less accurate than the Dexcom (not sure if there's enough science to prove that, simply reporting what I've researched)
- Running out of cons... which is why I came here...
So I welcome any thoughts, suggestions, opinions, corrections on my assumptions above, etc etc. Purely on the topic of the pump switch though, I have a great endo and we're working on what I need to do in order to get my diabetes under control properly. I appreciate your thoughts!