I am an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic that reacts more like a type 1 diabetic. I am going to try the pump but I get concerned when I read about peoples problems. I am a 56 year old Canadian male with a active construction job that has a various activity level day to day. I am not overweight and do not have any weight control problems.
I would like to hear you recommendations on pumps and reliabilities.
To be fair I had the 2020 pump, the one that came out just before the Ping.
The housing looks the same to me though.
2020 not good with the waterproof part? I was seriously considering that pump for that reason (or else its the medtronic veo)
I've read other accounts of people buying "waterproof" and having the problems that Tim mentions.
The 2020 isn't available any more, the current Animas pump is the Ping. I haven't taken it swimming in a pool/ocean, but it's waterproof in the shower.
here in australia the only choices are the 2020, veo or accucheck spirit. I wish the ping was on the llist Omnipod would be awesome. But with our government? noooooooooo
If your pump is covered under warrantee then You can go ahead and try it, They will replace it for leaks. I had both the battery and the cartridge compartments leak. I would change the O rings regularly. They were very good about replacing it, if you can manage the down time. I think the seals would breakdown from the chlorine in the pool water, but the micro cracks are impossible to get around.
The Animas pumps have a hard plastic screw down for the cartridge.
IT was always a difficult choice either tighten it down so it wont leak or risk overtighten and risk the micro cracks.
If you ignore it those cracks, they will turn into a major crack.
This pump was out of warrantee so they would not fix it, I keep it as a backup.
You have to click on the photo , I think it is too large to open by itself. Notice the crack goes all the way through the bottom.
wow thats a nasty crack through the pump!
on the subject of cracks in pumps:
i had to have my pump replaced b/c i acquired too many cracks and i was concerned about the integrity. i don't treat it roughly. i'm not a child and when i asked medtronic about this they stated that it was not a normal complaint. however, they did replace my pump, both quickly and without any extra charges. 1 year later my new pump is strating to crack in the same areas. ????
Post us a pic. I want to see where they form because I had not seen that complaint. It was the cracking of my Animas pumps that made me want to try Minimed. The cartridges are held in differently so I thought I was not going to deal with it, I don't expect it to be waterproof anyway, and even my badly cracked Animas2020 still works even with that deep crack. My MM pump is only 2 months old so I would not expect to see anything yet.
I would like to know what to expect and keep an eye on it.
if i can post a pic i will try. i'm not computer savvy.
i can decribe them in the meantime. they run from the screen in a diagonal fashion. also, they crack along the cartrige area too. infact, it wasn't until the threaded area that holds the cartrigde in started cracking that i was convinced i needed to trade it in for another. it appears this newer pump is developing cracks in the same area. the window area where you see the insulin...from there i have diagonal cracks forming.
animas and medtronic have sent me all their info packs within 2 days of contact. Have had return phone calls from both wanting to know if i would like to set up an appnt with them to view the pump etc. Good customer service so far. Judging by the info given in the packs, animas do a loaner pump for 3 months which is handy.
I think both do loaners. I think you can get a couple of trial pods too if you want to try that, I think you should try each one and then make the decision,
It is an expensive product. My insurance only covers one pump per 5 years. The warrantee is only 4 on most pumps. You need to make the right choice for you, because you will be using it for a long time.
I will keep an eye on cracking. If my cracks at all I will be sending it back.
No sign of any trouble as of yet.