The Pump Newbie trying to decide what one

By briannamom Latest Reply 2013-06-19 15:53:17 -0500
Started 2013-04-04 12:34:30 -0500

My 14 year old is a type 1 diabatic, we went to her endo doctor today and was given options for the pump, the omini, medtronic, and one touch ping. I was wondering what ones people are on and what are the pros and cons on them thanks!

22 replies

briannamom 2013-05-17 09:43:14 -0500 Report

We decided on the one touch ping. We get the training on Sunday. Kind if excited but nervous at the same time

type1skillset 2013-04-07 13:36:13 -0500 Report

I have the ping. Bottom line, they are all good options. Each pump has an advantage or a disadvantage. Being waterproof is why I chose my ping, basically because I cycle and swim a lot and then don't have to take it off or worry when it is raining. I wrote an article which might help if you are interested…

Dr John
Dr John 2013-04-06 14:17:30 -0500 Report

I'm using the Animas Ping. It is a good pump. But, I may go to the pod next time because dealing with tubing and clothing is difficult.

briannamom 2013-04-07 13:06:09 -0500 Report

That was the one thing we liked about the pod. We got a dummy sample said it was too bulky. From what we were told thou they are making.a smaller less bulky one

adamr1989 2013-04-05 17:55:59 -0500 Report

I have the Medtronic Paradigm pump with the sensor. Works great for me and I love it. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. I've had diabetes since I was 9 years old. Here is my cell number. (636)484-2776

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KG66 2013-04-05 14:59:29 -0500 Report

I use the One Touch Ping and I love it! :D My mom and I decided it would be a good first pump since I get used to the tubing and maybe one day move onto the pod. However I am allergic to adhesive and plastic canulas and the One touch ping offers metal canulas which don't affect me at all. It's comfortable and after a while you don't even notice you're wearing it! I love how it is waterproof so I don't have to worry about taking it off when I go swimming. There are different canulas and a lot of accessories you can buy with them. The remote glucose meter comes in very handy when wearing dresses or skirts! I love my pump! :)

Type1Lou 2013-04-05 13:53:54 -0500 Report

I've been using a Medtronic Paradigm Minimed pump for about 19 months now. The Medtronic pump has a tubed connection to deal with, whereas the Omni pod doesn't. The tubes come in varying lengths depending upon the users needs. One of the adjustments is being connected to a device 24/7. I sewed small, stretchy pocket to the insides of my nightgowns to keep my pump secure while I'm sleeping. I cannot submerge my pump and must disconnect from it when taking a shower or bathing or swimming. I am required to change out my infusion set and reservoir every third day as a pump user. I also find that I am testing my BG around 7 times per day. I do not have a Continuous Glucose Monitor. These are all factors to consider. I do find that I have better control of my BG's with the pump and would not wish to go back to MDI (multiple daily injections).

ShellyLargent 2013-04-04 15:58:37 -0500 Report

I'm on the Omni Pod now. I had an older Animas before. I like the pod over the Animas. There's pros and cons to each pump, it's just a matter of which one will fit your daughter's personal preferences. You can have a free demo pod (it's a dummy pod, so no playing with the actual PDM or controls). It will give her an idea as to what it feels like to wear one. You can also make an appointment to meet with a rep from Omni Pod and they can demo the actual unit for you. Animas did the same thing for me as well. You'd just have to give them a call and see if they still do that.

Harlen 2013-04-04 15:32:23 -0500 Report

I use the Medtronic I love it but if I had a choice I would go with the pod
It's better to hide

JiMMy DCC 2013-04-04 12:48:33 -0500 Report

I use the new Tandem tSlim and love it so much.

Gwen214 2013-04-04 19:27:24 -0500 Report

Never heard of Tandem tSlim.. I have Medtronic, any features that stand out?

JiMMy DCC 2013-04-05 08:31:47 -0500 Report

Just google Tandem tSlim. It's the first pump I've used. It touch screen. Small. Easy to use. Great company. Also they were just awarded the patents for the Cozmo pump. And they're working on Dexcom G4 integration this year as well. Look them up.