I’m far from an expert on the subject, but I will say that I had similar concerns about the pump being ripped off while playing or tumbling. We’ve been using the pump for 5 months now and we haven’t had a single incident. I don’t know anything about the Animus because it wasn’t an option for us. Devyn and I both wore the Pod for a few days and I found it comfortable to sleep with, but she had the same complaint as your son. She found it very uncomfortable at night. She hasn’t complained once about sleeping with the Minimed.
We didn’t like the first infusion set we were offered with the Minimed, so we were given the option of trying the Sure-T. It was by far more comfortable than the first option we tried. The Sure-T is literally like a thumb tack (sp?) that goes into the skin. It’s a very fine needle and once it is in, you pretty much forget it is there. Then there is sort of an anchor piece that gets stuck to the skin next to it so that it takes the stress off the needle if the tubing is tugged. We secure the needle with an additional top dressing called IV-3000. They use it in hospitals to keep IV’s intact and sanitary.
There’s another little girl down the street who wears the Minimed and is very athletic and active. I think she has only had an issue with the infusion set coming out once. She skates, dances, does karate, plays soccer . . . you name it!
As far as swimming goes, the Minimed needs to be disconnected if she’s swimming, but it hasn’t been a big deal. I just test her every hour (or as needed) and reconnect for a second to give her insulin if needed. Most of the time if she’s active and disconnected, she needs a snack, not insulin. When we’ve gone to the beach, I’ve put a plastic ziplock baggie over it to keep the sand out and then tucked it into her swimsuit.
I think you’ll find Alden’s quality of life will be greatly improved with the pump, not hindered. We still wrestle, tumble, roll around, ride bikes, scooters, etc. Good luck with whatever you choose!