Can’t quite believe this, but I think I’m actually going to mothball my 670G and go back to my out-of-warranty, pager-style Minimed Paradigm.
The logic goes like this:
- Gave the 670G a solid try starting in late August, but finally decided back in mid-December that it was causing me so much aggravation for not much benefit that I needed to at least give it a rest for a while.
- After a few months I’ve become pretty certain that the auto-mode hiatus is long-term, if not permanent.
- The Guardian sensors are perfectly good accuracy wise, but such a hassle to change and insert that I’d really prefer to go back to Dexcom. I also really miss having my BG on my phone and that handy little GlucoGram widget on my desktop.
- The one reason not to do that is that it will obviate the suspend-before-low feature, but I haven’t actually been using it. I get the alerts, of course, but I’d get those from the Dexcom too.
- If I’m not using the Guardians, there is no particular benefit to the 670G as a traditional pump, and in fact it rather sucks in that role.
To amplify that last point: the interface drives me nuts. People talk about “too many clicks,” but it isn’t just that: it’s that after clicking all those times, when you get to the final yes/no screen, the default is always “NO.” Consider a Suspend: It literally takes 10 clicks (including opening the screen and scrolling) to get to the authorization screen, and after clicking that many times the default option is to cancel out of the operation. I mean, I get that they don’t want you to do anything accidentally, but after ten goddamned clicks I think it’s safe to assume that I actually do want to do this, don’t you? And the worst “gotcha” in this regard is the bolus process, which also has an extra confirmation screen at the end. But the thing is, it’s not just an annoying extra step (it sort of has a point, in that this the stage at which you can enter a dual or square wave bolus), it’s actively deceptive: it gives you the same beep when you arrive at the screen that it also gives when you authorize delivery. So you get that auditory confirmation signal and if you’re not paying super close attention it just sits there until it times out. And this is the real kicker: it doesn’t give you an “I’m about to time out, please hit ‘confirm’” alert. No, it bumps you out to the home screen, beeps to tell you it has canceled the whole operation, and makes you go through the entire process over again.
So I just got my Dexcom prescription renewed, and it occurred to me that really there is no benefit to using this thing at all. My old Paradigm, which I still have, may be dumb as a post, relatively speaking, but it still works and doesn’t have any of these infuriating habits.
And my wife won’t have to help me tape up my sensors or listen to me yelling “Ok YES! YES! Deliver, damn you!” at my pump any more.