As most of you know who have followed me through my whole pump decisions/indecision, I have used a LOT of different pumps. Each have their own pluses and minuses and they truly are an individual decision. One thing I wish was that all pump companies would/could do a one-month trial of their pump for potential users so that the prospect could get a good feel for it and know whether or not they want to get into a 4-year commitment to their company’s product. I mean, this is a device they will be using day in and day out 24/7/365/4 – we as consumers need to know if the decision is best based on our own experience and not some chart that makes their product look so much better than the competition.
I have come to the conclusion that though I miss features of each pump that I’ve used and wish there were a few things I could change about the t:slim, I am still loving this pump as much as I did when I first played with one. There are a number of things that I don’t like – like having to keep the face of it turned away from my body, and that I don’t have the “option” of a meter-remote like I did with the Ping *should* I need to wear a dress and hide my pump away. I don’t like that it takes a whole 10+ units more to prime the tubing verses other pumps. Or that I can’t use Apidra very well with it.
On the other hand, I still love how fast the touch screen lets me bolus. I still love that I can use Leur-Lok sets and use whatever one suits me. I love that I can switch up my clips to my mood even mix/match them to give a different colors, or I can just slip it into my pocket naked and it can barely be seen. With just a tap over the Insulin status, I can get my current basal profile, my last bolus amount and when, and all of my other factor info right there. I love that I don’t have to buy expensive batteries anymore. I love the history screen, the delivery status screen that gives me an average of insulin usage and how it was delivered… and SO many more features that I love!!
But my most favorite feature… the one I absolutely need the most…. is the IOB (Insulin On Board) being RIGHT.There…. on the FRONT SCREEN. This little feature has saved me more than once. Either from wanting to rage-bolus a high, or when I over-estimated carbs from a meal and ended up with 5u IOB before bed. And it’s possibly the one feature that will make me never leave this pump.