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RE: [IP] Re: Pros & Cons of new pumps on the market?

I agree with some of what you're saying, because I just went through my
first pump change out.  I didn't think the wizards would really offer much,
and felt most of the improvements were designed to help people with poor
math skills.  Let me tell you from personal experience I've changed my tune.

Switched to a Cozmo over 1 month ago.  Fell in love with the wizard, ability
to have my BG meter attached to my pump, and the ability to download all of
my BG, Basal, Bolus, Correction, and pump settings to my PC in very short
order.  In some respects I wonder if I had an emotional attachment to my old
pump and just didn't want to let it go.  Hard to give up on something that
has worked reliably for so many years.  I just want to pass along, that I
don't miss the old one, and really like the features in the new one.

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Subject: [IP] Re: Pros & Cons of new pumps on the market?

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Hi Harry

You ask if there is any reason for you to switch.  I think probably not.  If
you like your pumps and they are working great, why bother?

Claire is up to her four years with her H-trons, and she has no interest at
all in getting a new pump.  In fact, she was shocked when I mentioned the
possibility!  However, our insurance is changing on July 1, and I would like
to get a new pump from the old insurance, in case there is more hassle with
the new insurance company.

We will be looking at the Animas soon, but the 200 unit cartridge might be
issue.  I am hoping that the Spirit will be selling in Canada before my time
deadline.  The Disetronic people tell me yes, but with waiting for gov't
actions, who knows for sure.

Like you, I like the special batteries that last a long time.  Our longest
h-tron battery life was five months!  Usually about 3-4 months.  I don't
the idea of relying on batteries that my kids can pick up and put in their
toys or flashlights or whatever.  Plus how do you get insurance to pay for
these?  AA and especially AAA batteries are more costly in Canada than the
USA, but this seems to be the way the pump companies are going.

I don't see any need for all the bolus calculators and such.  Claire could
all that in her head easily at 8 years of age!  Its also easy to calculate
remaining insulin on board and such by simply looking at your watch.  I'm a
person who doesn't like gimmicky things.  But all the new pumps come with
these features.

Good luck with your search and/or decision.

Barbara, Mum of Claire 10
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