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Re: [IP] Looking at Choices - 508 vs. 512

Sammy --

Before you take the plunge with a MiniMed Paradigm or 508, you might want to
check out some of the other brands of pumps. Both the Deltec Cozmo and the
Animas are full featured pumps with 300ml reservoirs, amongst other things
like being waterproof. (MiniMed just revoked the "watertight" status on the
Paradigm, in case you haven't read the recent posts on the topic.)

I used an HTron+ for about four years, and switched to a Deltec Cozmo just
over 3 months ago. I haven't regretted my decision at all -- great pump,
great features, great support and customer service every step of the way.

Of course, there is no single pump that will be perfect for everyone. I am
not speaking against either of the MiniMed pumps, just encouraging you to
check out all of the viable alternatives before you narrow your decision to
a single brand.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vixen" <email @ redacted>

> Hey There!
> I haven't been on here in ages (hectic life, got away from the "online
> available), I've just lurked off & on over the past few years.  I have a
> pressing question now, & I'd welcome feedback/observations/other people's
> experience here.  I am a Disetronic H-tron plus user (four years, August
> 23rd), & when I got "the letter" from Disetronic, I asked my endo about it
> was advised to look at switching over to MiniMed.  Part of the dilemma is
> fact that I like my pump, have had no problems, & have been very happy.
If it
> seems wise to switch, however - I trust my doctor & he's never steered me
> wrong (whether I was in "good patient" or "bad patient" mode, he's been
> good for me), so I am looking into doing so.  Contacted MiniMed - they got
> insurance approval, & the rep I've been speaking with was literally ready
> ship today...without actually discussing with me what I WANT in a pump,
> model (or sets, or supplies) I might need or prefer - no input from my
end.  I
> said "Okay, let's slow down a little" - I had thought he would be sending
> literature out that would allow me to compare the 508 with the Paradigm &
> I could ask questions to be able to make an informed choice.  Well, the
> MiniMed information packet is now on its way, so I should be seeing that
in a
> few days.  What I am looking for is - what caused anyone out there to
> one over the other, whether anyone regrets the choice they did make or if
> are satisfied...the benefits & drawbacks, from a pumper's perspective.  I
> know I am not crazy about the idea of having to change cartridges
> (reservoirs?) twice as often...I like having the whole week's supply of
> insulin on board.  From what I was told by one girl I spoke with there,
> "new Paradigm" that will be coming will have the larger reservoir, so she
> tossed around the idea of waiting for that, if this isn't an immediate
> Any thoughts?  Your take is very welcome, in this.
> Many Thanks,
> Sammi
> Pumper & exhausted teacher (yes, it WILL get easier as the little urchins
> learn their way around the great big world of elementary school!)
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