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Pump Watch: My Choice Is Made

November 11, 2013


I read. I researched. I solicited for information. I was underwhelmed with the response. I vetted the last two candidates. I made my choice. 

Medtronic, you’re the one for me.

What was the final factor that swayed me from the T:Slim to the 530G with Enlite? (Not the most inspirational name, but I suppose I’ll forgive them.) first, it’s the fact that, if I had chosen the Tandem pump, I’d also have to go with the Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring device. (I said Dexcom was dead to me in my last Pump Watch post.)

Also, and more important, it was a matter of simple math: Three is better than four. In fact, every number that’s closer to one is better than any other number. 

Why is “1” the best number? It, for me, represents one working device; or one working pancreas. Every piece of equipment I’m currently using represents the number six, at the best of times. (One Lantus pen, one Novolog pen, my meter, test strips, syringe tips and alcohol swabs.)

The T:Slim would have been one pump, one infusion site, the Dexcom CGM device, and the CGM infusion site. That equals four. 

For Medtronic it is one pump with CGM reading included, one insulin infusion site, and one CGM infusion site. That’s equals three.

Three is better than four. That’s science, kids. 

Now I just have to train on the device.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2013 3:20 pm

    I love my tslim pump and my Dexcom! I am a former MM pump wearer and really prefer the tslim over the MM pump. I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure with pumping!

    • November 18, 2013 3:22 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Megan. How long have you been using pumps? When did you make the switch to the TSlim? What motivated you to make the move?

  2. Susan permalink
    November 21, 2014 5:38 pm

    I have been on minimed pumps since 1996. I was diagnosed type 1 in 1993. I swear by them, don’t link the CGM sensor too often and all the alarms I got, its mostly turned off and unused. I have ordered the new 530G and enlite sensor, since it doesn’t come with a self stabbing inserter, I may give it a try…mostly, I am old school, with a 7 A1C most of my career…I live relatively normal life on the pump…but not perfect in regimen with diabetes…

  3. February 26, 2023 6:24 am

    Thank you for being yyou


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