OmniPod, Ping, or Minimed?
My doctor gave me literature to absorb, and I’ve tried to gather some info from the discussion forums. However, I don’t know enough about pump therapy to fully understand the conversations taking place here.
I like the CGM feature of the Minimed, and the idea of having an alert if levels are too high or low, but does this mean that users of other pumps are still using finger sticks to monitor glucose levels? Don’t the other pumps have features that monitor what your levels are so that your body is getting the correct dosage of insulin? Or do you need to test your blood sugar, as if you where still taking injections, and program the results into the pump somehow?
The Animas Ping seems small, discrete, and well designed. But how do you stay balanced if it doesn’t tell you what your current BG level is, or alert you as to highs or lows. Also how does it “use One Touch Ultra Test Strips” - are they inserted into the meter somehow when you test? I think I like the idea of having to change the lithium battery less often, but is it more expensive to replace the lithium battery and is there anyway you can plug it into the wall and charge it like a cell phone? Would anyone recommend this over the Minimed and for what reasons?
Finally, the OmniPod - who doesn’t enjoy the idea of tube-free pumping, however, I’ve read some complaints about the device leaking, or not staying intact. Thoughts?
I would appreciate some advice that may help me arrive at a decision. Please share all pros and cons that come to mind.