I am a long-time MiniMed Paradigm pump user, so when I had the chance to test drive the new MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System, I jumped at the opportunity. He authored the book “Think like a Pancreas” among others, which is a recommended book by all of us with T1D. Combined with exception data management, the Minimed Paradigm models are favorites of both doctors and users. Patients in 16 of the admissions were identified as candidates for continued use of the insulin pump during the hospital stay. Though exciting news on 4th February 2016 Abbott announced that the Freestyle Libre was now approved for use by children aged over 4 years old. The first component under consideration focused on blood glucose test strips given that they are a precursor to other medicines and aspects of diabetes management. It alarms again.
posted by Venadium to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite My husband has had the Medtronic Paradigm for about 3 years now. I changed my site on my third day. Having grown used to the < 30 seconds a prime took with the Ping, and the .5 seconds it took to prime tubing with the Snap - this step feels painful. -This pump caters to the tech savvy for sure, I thought it would take longer for me to navigate the system but I got the hang of it 15 minutes into my first day orientation lesson. I have been using the Dexcom sensor for almost two months; my first sensor, on my back, lasted about 9 days. Providing they are responsible in caring for their mobile phone, thinking cracked screens, lost phones, out of charge etc. And when I get dressed up, I don't have to go to the bathroom to check my levels and do my bolus.
My daughter loves hers and I love mine! Even though you still need to use finger-pricks and your glucometer for any kind of treatment decision, I feel that the CGM will be valuable in helping me identify trends and adjust my insulin delivery to tighten control of my blood sugar over the long run. The waterproof feature is big to me. As a test to see what else I could stash in there I also managed to fit in a lip-gloss and my chunky Channel blusher! My other issue is more so with Tandem (the brand who produces the pump.) So I got my pump in May, as I mentioned. Color screen, touch screen and no need for batteries. We called the company at 11:00am EST on a Friday and the receptionist had no idea if they did offer support, but offered to have someone call back when the office opened.
Now, to the folks from Tandem Diabetes Care who may be reading this, I hope you take what I have to say as constructive criticism. This means that wherever I’ve stashed my pump, I don’t need to get it out in order to take my insulin. Only thing it doesn’t handle in-depth enough is “surprise” infusion set changeouts & sensitivity to Humalog. In fact, it will keep dispensing insulin at the last settings. It did feel a little strange at first because I’ve never worn my pump in that position before but after an hour or so I got used to it. In terms of how visible the pump is, I tried the pants on with a few outfits and I went to Mr T for some straight-to-the-point male advice (does my pump look big in this) and they passed the test! While it can be a bit of a hassle for the advanced (or impatient!) pump user, we appreciate the idea of additional safety checks – it is also a smart addition for those new to KV or those who are more cautious about replacing sites and reservoirs.
All in all I give this product a big thumbs up and 5 pink stars out of 5! Their CGM and wireless glucose meter technology is very doable for people and can help people stabilize their glucose levels.