I've used almost all of the insulin pumps on the market (that's a long and winding story itself) over the last 14 years of pumping, so when people want my opinion on a pump, I ask them to pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. I'll drop some knowledge.
As Tech Editor for ASweetLife.org, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the pleasure of perusing. I hope you'll click over and show me some love there.
And if I could go back and add things, I'd probably do so every 10 minutes. I keep thinking of more I could have said to help you choose the right one for you. These devices power our wimpy pancrei and we need them to fit into our lives the way WE use the products. As I often say, we're lucky to have choice at all (and not all of us do) where diabetes devices are concerned. Not every insurance plan covers every pump and not everyone can afford the expense of upkeep for these products.
But for the savvy shopper, I want you to know that I spent hours upon hours going through user manuals and websites and reaching out to friends on each device (even the pumps I've used myself) to check my own bias and answer the little things - what could they have done better? what gets in your way? what's your biggest complaint about the device?
Special thanks to Karen Graffeo, Mike Hoskins, Christel Aprigliano, Mike Lawson, Alecia Wesner, Marie B, and Alanna Swartz for letting me reach out to them with my user questions! (The Accu-Chek user guide was just not giving up what increment of time it used for Duration of Insulin Action.)
If you want to know what a pump can do - from it’s waterpoofability to its max bolus to its clunkiest human factor mistake, click on over to ASweetLife and bring a notepad. It’s almost 2015 and it’s time to shop for your next insulin pump.