@Lucia – Let me start by saying that a do it yourself automated insulin dosing system is not for everyone. That being said, you don’t have to sport a deep background in technology and computers to join this community. What you really need are patience and the ability to follow written directions. Many people, with little technical expertise, continue to join the ranks of the DIY community.
The Looped Facebook group is deep with experience and an abundant willingness to help. They are there around the clock and want to help.
I started with someone’s kind offer to lend me a compatible pump to get started. This person also acted as a mentor to get me started. I assembled the materials to get started with OpenAPS but I changed my direction when Loop, an Apple based system, became available. I’ve since located my own compatible pump and have added a back-up pump as well.
The hardest part of DIY looping is finding a compatible pump to get started. Yet people are coming online every day. There are older pumps out there waiting for you to find them. If you are interested and willing to put in the work, I’ve no doubt that you can make it work for you.
If you are a person who requires a warranty and an 800 number to call for help then DIY looping may not be for you. If you want to spend as little time as possible on your diabetes and instead want to focus only on the “rest of your life,” then you may not be suited to this project.
I am so happy I took the risk. When I see people struggling to make the MiniMed 670G to work for them, I count my blessings. Loop and OpenAPS are both at least five years ahead of the current commercial systems.