Hello to all. I am new to the site but decided to join after I recently found so much good info about comparison of pumps and people’s great personal observations. I recently changed from a Ping to a Tslim. I really like the TSlim but I will say there a few things that I also dislike. On a positive note, no pump is perfect and at least Tandem seems very willing to listen to idea’s and has a willingness to modify the pump to what the consumers want compared to Animus. Also Tandem seems to be really trying to change the pump market and the way we interact with our pump … I am all for this change.
So for what it’s worth here is my summary of thoughts about the Tslim
Here is my update after wearing my new pump for a few days…
• I like it in general. It is easy to operate.
• Really like the profile settings. I like how easy it is to adjust.
• When the pump times out and you turn it back on it takes you back to where you were. Nice feature.
• Easy to read screen as long as I am inside. Alittle challenging in bright sunlight but so is my phone. LOL
• Tconect is also way better than the Ping at syncing. Much faster and better graphs etc. Also works with Mac for those who need this.
• Easy to navigate pump.
• I love the rechargeable battery. It’s fast and easy to use. Much cheaper than the $7-9 batteries my ping used. I charge it when I am in the shower.
• I don’t have battery caps and cartridge caps to buy that I had to pay for out of pocket which are supposed to be changed every 30 days at about $35-40 a pop for both. My insurance paid before but the Animus said they have no codes and stopped billing them. Really maybe they have just been sending them with no codes so in essence they were free. Who knows but they aren’t cheap to buy.
• Changing the cartridge was not a problem, it’s easy. I had no bubbles.
• The temp basal in alittle different to set up compared to my Ping but is easy enough.
• The manual is very well written and helpful.
Here is a list of things that I would like to see updated:
o Need much stronger vibration- I have read many notes about this from other users as well.
o Need much louder tones. Also I need to be able to hear these when I set them up so I know what it sounds like before it goes off. Dexcom has a try it button. I have read many notes about this from other users as well.
o I would like to see adjustable font size.
o Screen contrast/brightness adjustment. Hard to read in the sun. Still easier to rad than my Ping.
o The total daily dose per day vs today, 14 day, 30 day averages. I frequently looked at total daily insulin for yesterday or day before that just to see where I am in average for two or three days vs last 7 days. This was on Ping. I do like averages that the TSlim has vs ping but I already miss this option.
o I really miss the EZ BG feature on Ping. This much more complicated with the Tslim pump and takes many more steps. On the Ping you just enter your BG and the pump with adjustable correction tells you instantly based on BG, IOB if you need more insulin or not or if you are over. I figured out how to do this with the TSlim pump but it’s a pain.
o Priming the line is more of a pain but I am just priming with the insulin and a syringe… it takes way too long for the pump to do it. I would never wait this long to prime my line and I only use 23” line.
o I really LOVE the Bayer Contour Next USB meter. I know that Medtronic made a deal with them but this is the best little meter I have ever used. It is easy to read contrast and large font, has a light on the strip insert (who knew that we didn’t have to carry have another light source to test in the dark), it’s fast, requires smaller amount of blood, is small, has a rechargeable a battery, appears to be very accurate compared to my ping meter and dexcom and it gives you second chance to add to blood so you don’t waste a strip. I only WISH that I could sync it with my tslim on tconnect. I know that it can’t be the meter remote and actually I am ok with that. It was nice feature and while I might miss it (don’t yet) if I could just integrate it with my tconnect then my numbers would be much more accurate n my dashboard. As of now I have dexcom numbers, pump numbers and meter numbers, what a mess to get a real picture.
o I really hate the case that comes with the tslim it’s huge and bulky. It reminds me of a large rotating pager case with a belt clip. Thanks to my local Tandem rep I have the pink smaller case for free. I would like to see gel skins as an option.
o I would like the luer lock a little farther from the pump so I can tuck it into my clothes better. It is in the way. I do like not having the bulky knob on the top of the pump like the Ping so this is better. If the tubing for the luer lock was twice as long as it is now would be awesome.
o My number one issue is the lack of the adjustable correction. This is a really a pain to do the math all the time, I shouldn’t have to do this on a pump. It is hard set at 70, unlike my Ping. Frankly my target is 120 so I have to enter in a manual deduction every time I am under 120. This almost made me opt out of the pump but I still think it’s the best option for now. Sometime late next year the Dexcom should be integrated into the assuming all goes well the FDA. Tandem said the hardset at 70 is being addressed and is a frequent compliant. The pump adjusts for corrections upwards with an issue. Hoping it is fixed soon. As a side note, I can hardly read the Ping screen now so when the Vibe comes out in the US integrated with Dexcom I can’t imagine trying to read the numbers for the Dexcom on that little screen. This was one major issue which pushed me to TSlim. I am not a Medtronic fan at all.
Overall I really like the pump but sadly I would not recommend it for a new pumper. It is too complicated without the adjustable correction and EZ BG. It’s hard enough to start a pump without having to figure out these things too. I think the Ping was much easier to learn from this perspective. I do think if Tandem will update a few things in a software update I would change my mind. I am still hoping. If this is a clear as mud or you have any questions. Please ask… I will be happy to answer them.
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