Have been pondering this one since my clinic stopped issuing the new Roche Insight pump a. because of problems patients were experiencing and b. because the support from Roche seemed to be severely lacking. I was told in May that I would have the choice of the Animas Vibe or the Medtronic next month when my renewal is due. I wasn't looking forward to having a pump without a bluetooth handset. A week or so back, during a trip to Bristol, Julian and I met up with Mike (Everydayupsandowns) for dinner and Mike was kind enough to demonstrate his Medtronic to me (it was actually quite funny with the pair of us waving our pumps at each other across the table). Looked like a very handy sort of pump with all sorts of options, but it was quite a bit more bulky than the Combo and although it had a sort of bluetooth it wasn't fully "hands free". My thoughts were that it wouldn't be easy to conceal in a dress (a fact which I am sure doesn't bother Mike. LOL!) Since Animas has pulled out of the USA/Canadian market I had some misgivings about that option too.
Fast forward to this morning when I had a phone call from the pump nurse regarding my prospective new pump. I said "I think I can tell you what you are going to say.... because of Animas.... so I only have the option of the Medtronic?" No, she said, not quite... and proceeded to ask if I'd like the Medtronic or whether I would prefer to stay with a replacement Combo. Well I would really... the devil you know and all that, plus I know what I am doing with it etc and actually the technology is not all that much behind than the Medtronic especially since I am unlikely ever to get a CGM. So she said she'd email the Endo and see if he would agree. Rang me back an hour later and confirmed I can stay with the combo. So actually I am quite pleased!
My thanks to Mike though, for taking time to give me an overview of his pump. It really is very refreshing to talk to someone in person who uses the thing. Also to compare BGs etc I've always respected Mike for the effort he puts into his control and it was fantastic to know I'm actually doing OK and the odd blip happens to everyone.