CGM Possibility

By monkeymama Latest Reply 2010-05-21 11:39:28 -0500
Started 2010-05-19 13:19:14 -0500

I was kind of wondering for those of you who are using a CGM how often you use them? My pumps warranty is going to be up soon and I am starting to look at new insulin pumps. I am now considering a CGM combo thing. I never realized how hard this choice is going to be for me. I love my Animas insulin pump but I am trying to keep an open mind to the new Medtronic Revel. I've done the research on both pumps and compared the two to each other. What technology does Animas not have that Medtronic does have and vis versa? I guess I should write out a comparison of the two myself. Evaluate what I want now in a pump now that times & things do changed. Is there any other advice for me? I could use a little help me.

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Richard157 2010-05-21 11:17:01 -0500 Report

I used the Minimed CGM along with my Minimed pump in the fall of 2008. I never had any agreement between the CGM and meter numbers. I was allowed to use the CGM for only one week, so I did not have time to adjust to it. Perhaps the Minimed Revel has a much better CGN than their old one. I do not know.

I have now used the Dexcom CGM for 4 months. It is great. It did not start out so well. Then I found a Dexcom User's Group on there are more than 200 members in that group. They gave me tips and advice that you will not find in a CGM manual. That is exactly what I needed.

My warrantry on my Minimed pump expires in June, 2011. I am also planning to use the Animas + Dexcom combined system at that time. I know people who use the Animas pump. It has nice features that my Minimed pump does not have. The two are scheduled to integrate by the end of 2010.

monkeymama 2010-05-21 11:39:28 -0500 Report

Hello there Richard! Is Animas now going to try to link the two systems together? The timing will be perfect for me. So you don't use the CGM all the time? That is very exciting to know this. I love my Animas insulin pump. I only change my batteries every 6 weeks when I use lithium (there are other qualities I love too). Thanks for the additional info on this. It has helped me put things in more perspective with what I WANT to do. You have to like the system you going to be on, or you're less likely to work with the treatment. Again thank you Richard!

kdroberts 2010-05-19 13:41:15 -0500 Report

If you are undecided and love the Ping, hold back for a little while. Animas have a combo pump under approval right now I believe, the Ping with integrated dexcom7+ CGM.

I recently had a meeting with a medtronic nurse about the revel system and the guardian CGM. It's decent but lacks some features that the ping has that I think are essential. The big one being the wireless connectivity between the meter and the pump. With the revel you have to do most things, work out bolus and deliver it for instance, on the pump rather than on the meter.

I think your idea about writing down what you really want and use in a pump is a good idea. Also, call medtronic and ask them to give you an iPro trial. It's basically their CGM system but everything is recorded on the transmitter and you don't get a readout, but you do get a printout after. You will meet with a nurse educator who will have demos of the pump, CGM, infusion sets and CGM transmitters so you can have a look and a play with them to see what you like and don't like about them. They are also not sales people so will give you some honest answers and will recognize your concerns and will tell you what they think are the bad points of the system. You may need your doctor to set that up but you should be able to do it via medtronic themselves.

monkeymama 2010-05-19 20:01:37 -0500 Report

There is so much I love about the Animas pump. I did hear that they were teaming up with Dexcom with their CGM. Are they planning on trying to link the PING with the Dexcom CGM? I've seen the Dexcom. I have already tried the Medtronic CGM. My doctors office uses them when he wants to do a 3 day CGM test. I just got off of the test last week Friday. Are you on the PING right now? I am hoping by the time it is time that my insurance will pay for the CGM portion of it. Otherwise it is going to be a expense that I will have to figure out in paying. Thank you for the information and input here. :)