Medtronic CEO talking about new patch pump…

I saw the new nurse practitioner that is now working under my endocrinologist the other day, I didn’t get an A1C result back because the lab was slow about getting their results in but I’m pretty sure it hasn’t improved yet. I guess my biggest problem is bolusing. I have a bad habit of not bolusing before I eat so I need to work on that and my carb counting. I’m still in deep debate as to what pump I want to change to… when I mentioned that I wanted to switch from my Animas pump the np was surprised by this (probably because she is an Animas supporter) and asked me why. My main reasons being all the constant button pushing, the stupid alarms… unless this is featured on all pumps; when the battery gets low it goes off every other five minutes or so wasting what’s left of the battery. I would also like a pump that holds more insulin and I know the Minimed can hold up to 300 units and that would give at least another day/day and a half use out of it because right now I’m changing every two days, sometimes a day and half depending on how terrible my eating habits are. Prednisone is a real pain in the arse whilst having diabetes because I am hungry all the time and that’s not over exaggerating. Now I like the idea of a tubeless pump but they only hold 200 units, I would be ok with that but again I would like to have more time between cycling through infusion sites. And as it looks, Minimed is working on their own version of a patch pump and the upgrade for it doesn’t seem bad. When I mentioned this at my appointment the np just looked at me like a seven year old trying to tell their parent how the lamp broke by making up some bogus story and said “I never heard anything like that.” I wish I had this video to show her. Who knows, maybe in a few years they’ll figure out how to make them smaller and/or possibly hold up to 300 units. I figure that if I go with Minimed I can get the 300 units that I want now (plus a purple pump ahah) and then I can wait to see what happens with their future patch pump, since they’ve been in the business the longest I’m sure they’ll come up with some great prospects. So far I don’t like the idea that the Omnipod wastes insulin if you have a bad site and it’s bulkiness, the solo seems interesting but still Minimed just may come out with something that blows everyone else out of the water. I really wish they could make one that is all in one… an insulin pump and glucose monitor with just one infusion set, wouldn’t that be cool, lol. As much as I want to sit and think about future pumps I also need to think about what’s good for me now. My last A1C was 8.1 and I really need to get that number down and I think Minimed has the tools that I need to work on that now, I can worry about tubeless pumps later when they come out with their model and it’s been on the market for a while.

I know, I know. Most boring post ever. :stuck_out_tongue:

Huh, I didn’t know that minimed was coming out with a new pump. I have the 722 right now (purple, of course!) but I’m thinking of switching to Omnipod next year. I’m wearing the demo pod right now, and it’s not as bulky as I thought! At the very least, get a demo pod and see if you like it.

I’m still not sure if I’ll get the Omnipod, but it’s high on my list now. I had the Animas first, and it didn’t hold a candle to the Minimed for me, but everyone’s different.

Good luck with your pump search!

Yeah, the Veo seems interesting for people who really want to get tight control, say like if your bg goes under a certain number it shuts the pump off. However, I would love to know more about their new tubeless pump concept though. I got both the Omnipod and the Solo. I thought the Omnipod was too bulky and round especially for where they expect people to wear it. The Solo isn’t bad, it’s about the same size as the Omnipod but flatter and sleeker.

My warranty ends in November and I think I just might switch to Minimed. Animas is nice but I think I can get more out of Minimed now that I want/need to get my A1C down, especially if hubby and I want to try to have children next year. I need to get my butt into top shape, lol!


Have you considered upgrading to the Ping? I find it’s really easy to bolus for meals… since I almost always test before I eat (the exception is only when getting seconds, or having dessert, etc), and you can bolus right from the meter-remote without having to mess with the pump (even combo boluses). I would sometimes skip/delay shots on MDI because it often felt like a chore to go track down my pen, but I don’t think I’ve missed a single one since I started pumping again a little over 2 weeks ago… and I attribute 90% of that to the meter-remote :slight_smile:

To be honest, the only thing I wish the meter-remote could do that it can’t is set temp basals. If it could do that I’d almost never have to touch my pump except for changing batteries or infusion sets.

I have actually. I do believe it would give me more incentive to test before I eat and since I can bolus from there it would improve my bolus timing. But then it comes back down to wanting a pump that holds more insulin and future prospects from the company.