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Re: [IPp] glocuse testing with the Cozmonitor



Thank you, Louis -
I think that the automatic transmission of the meter will be great for us, 
as when my daughter is on her own she's not so hot on entering readings in 
our log.Who knows, we may revert to the accuchek later. Thanks!
Mariam
Mother of Miranda 10, dx Nov 2005, and Hannah, 8.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Louis Diaz" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: [IPp] glocuse testing with the Cozmonitor


> Please keep in mind that you can continue to use the Accuchek meter if you
> prefer.  The cozmonitor is an add-on to the pump.  We use the Cozmo pump
> without the cozmonitor and prefer to use the Flash meter instead.  It's 
> the
> same technology, made by the same company and uses the same strips.  We
> carry the cozmonitor with us on vacation as a spare meter.  Also, the
> cozmonitor doesn't have a light which is helpful during night testing.
>
> Besides the convenience of having one device, (a meter and a pump), the 
> only
> other benefit of using the cozmonitor is that it automatically transmits 
> the
> bg reading to the pump.  However, the trade off is that it makes the pump
> thicker.
>
> On Jan 5, 2008 10:19 PM, Mariam Bernstein <email @ redacted> wrote:
>>
>> Thank you, Mary!
>> Mariam
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Mary Donovan" <email @ redacted>
>> To: <email @ redacted>
>> Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 7:58 PM
>> Subject: Re: [IPp] glocuse testing with the Cozmonitor
>>
>>
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > My son Dan has had the cozmore for the past 4 1/2
>> > years and uses the cozmonitor.  He does not do
>> > alternate site testing, uses only his fingers. Arm
>> > testing is an option with the freestyle monitors, but
>> > you can still test the old-fashioned way, too, on the
>> > fingers.  It's a nice monitor for fingerpricks (as are
>> > all the abbott freestyle monitors) because they don't
>> > need a lot of blood, so pricks can be small.
>> >
>> > Feel free to email me or post with more questions.
>> >
>> > Mary
>> > Mom of Chris, 25, Carrie, 20, Dan, 16 dx 01 pumping
>> > cozmo 03, aunt and guardian of Mike, 20, wife of Jim
>> >
>> > --- Mariam Bernstein <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hello -
>> >> We are researching pumps for my 10 year old
>> >> daughter, and we are leaning
>> >> toward the Cozmore pump. However, the (arm) glucose
>> >> testing with the
>> >> cozmonitor seems more involved than finger testing
>> >> our current meter
>> >> (accuchek). How have any Cozmonitor users out there
>> >> found BG testing,
>> >> especially finger testing?
>> >> Thank you!
>> >> Mariam
>> >> Mother of Miranda 10, dx Nov 2005, and Hannah, 8.
>> >>
>> >> ----- Original Message -----
>> >> From: "Rachel A" <email @ redacted>
>> >> Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 4:07 PM
>> >> Subject: [IPp] Animas Vs Minimed
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> > We were on Animas for 5 years and recently
>> >> switched to Minimed because we
>> >> > got the CGMS approved (which I still haven't
>> >> recieved yet).  My son's Endo
>> >> > told me to compile a list of differences between
>> >> the 2 pumps because...
>> >> > well, the pump companies are trying to sell their
>> >> product and they don't
>> >> > like mention the disadvantages of their pump as
>> >> compared to others.
>> >> >
>> >> > Obviously, this list is very subjective because I
>> >> was with Animas for 5
>> >> > years and we've barely had our MM pump since
>> >> 12-21-07 and I'm sure it will
>> >> > grow on me, especially when we finally get our
>> >> CGMS.  However, I feel
>> >> > Animas
>> >> > is a far superior pump and I miss it.
>> >> >
>> >> > If this comes through garbled, I can send it to
>> >> you privately in a WORD
>> >> > document if interested.
>> >> >
>> >> > Rachel in AZ - Single mom to Cole, 9.5, pumping at
>> >> 4, dx'd at 23 months
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >> > *Animas and Minimed Comparison*
>> >> >
>> >> > * *
>> >> >
>> >> >   1. Bolus
>> >> >      1. I like to do a lot of combo/dual wave
>> >> boluses on Cole.  With
>> >> >      Animas, I could easily cancel the combo
>> >> bolus, add the remainder
>> >> > to the new
>> >> >      amount I am giving and give another combo
>> >> bolus.  With Minimed,
>> >> >      I cannot cancel the dual wave/square wave
>> >> boluses so I can give
>> >> > a new dual
>> >> >      wave.  Also, when you have a dual wave or
>> >> square wave bolus
>> >> >      going and you hit "act", it automatically
>> >> goes to "suspend"
>> >> > instead of back
>> >> >      to bolus.  That will take some getting used
>> >> to (It slows me down
>> >> >      to bolus because I always go fast and hit
>> >> suspend and then I
>> >> > have to go back
>> >> >      into bolus). One advantage Minimed has is the
>> >> "easy bolus" key. You
>> >> > can
>> >> >      bypass all the menus and go straight to the
>> >> bolus wizard.  Nice.
>> >> >      2. Minimed is better with straight (normal)
>> >> boluses because it
>> >> >      goes in slower.  Cole does not complain about
>> >> normal boluses
>> >> >      from Minimed, but he did complain about them
>> >> with Animas (they hurt).
>> >> >
>> >> >   2. IOB/Active Insulin   *ALL PUMPS SHOULD HAVE
>> >> IOB ON THE HOME SCREENS
>> >> >   AT ALL TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*
>> >> >      1. Animas gives IOB with the total bolus on 1
>> >> screen (no
>> >> >      scrolling) so you can make the decision to
>> >> subtract the IOB or
>> >> > not based on
>> >> >      the BG.  Minimed shows the total bolus and
>> >> you have to scroll
>> >> >      down to see the Active insulin making it more
>> >> difficult to remember
>> >> > the
>> >> >      amount and making the decision to subtract
>> >> the active insulin
>> >> > tricky for my
>> >> >      math challenged mind.
>> >> >   3. Basals
>> >> >      1. Animas shows you the entire basal list
>> >> with times and amounts
>> >> >      on 1 screen so you can view the changes you
>> >> make on 1 time
>> >> > period along with
>> >> >      the rest of the time periods and amounts.
>> >> With Minimed, you
>> >> >      have each basal time period on 1 screen w/o
>> >> the rest making it easier
>> >> > to
>> >> >      make a mistake by not giving you the whole
>> >> picture.
>> >> >      2. I have 2 basal settings: 1 for school and
>> >> 1 weekend (I like
>> >> >      simplicity). With Animas, I simply switch to
>> >> weekend on Friday and
>> >> > switch
>> >> >      back to weekday on Sunday night. With
>> >> Minimed, when I switch it to
>> >> > the
>> >> >      weekend basal (basal A), I get an "alert"
>> >> alarm the entire weekend.
>> >> >      Just silly.
>> >> >      3. I do lots of temp basals due to lows,
>> >> active insulin/IOB and
>> >> >      activity.  With Animas, I could do a negative
>> >> temp basal
>> >> >      (usually -10% for 30 minutes) AND it would
>> >> show me how long we
>> >> > have left on
>> >> >      the home screen.  With Minimed, I do a 10%
>> >> (not negative) basal
>> >> >      for 30 minutes.  Although I understand the
>> >> concept now, it was
>> >> >      difficult for me to master in the beginning.
>> >> And, I get the
>> >> >      silly "alert" with Minimed, again and it's
>> >> difficult with the
>> >> > menu setup for
>> >> >      me to tell how much time is left on the temp
>> >> basal (it's not on the
>> >> > home
>> >> >      screen).
>> >> >   4. Cartridge and Priming
>> >> >      1. I do NOT change the insulin cartridge with
>> >> a site change
>> >> >      (that's wasteful). I change it when the pump
>> >> tells me there are 20
>> >> > units
>> >> >      left in the cartridge.  With Animas, there is
>> >> simply a needle to
>> >> >      get the insulin into the cartridge which is
>> >> wonderful to be able to
>> >> > tip
>> >> > a
>> >> >      nearly empty bottle to get all the insulin
>> >> out.  With Minimed,
>> >> >      they have some sort of blue "hook" device to
>> >> hook around the head of
>> >> > the
>> >> >      bottle which doesn't allow you to maneuver
>> >> the needle to get
>> >> > that last drop
>> >> >      of insulin in the bottle and it seems to
>> >> produce LOTS of bubbles.
>> >> >
>> >> >      2. I have an active child who disconnects his
>> >> tubing or rips it
>> >> >      off completely very often.  This forces me to
>> >> replace the tubing
>> >> >      or prime the disconnected tubing.  With
>> >> Animas, I could simply
>> >> >      prime new tubing or the disconnected one.
>> >> Animas also has a
>> >> >      protective cartridge cap to cover the
>> >> cartridge end. With
>> >> > Minimed, it makes
>> >> >      you rewind the darn piston just to prime for
>> >> new tubing or prime for
>> >> >      disconnected tubing.  Minimed does not have a
>> >> protective cover
>> >> >      for the cartridge cap.  I do like the "fixed
>> >> prime" feature on
>> >> >      Minimed to fill the cannula on the set you
>> >> use (it's easy to
>> >> > forget how much
>> >> >      you need to fill the cannula).
>> >> >   5. Menu/Screen
>> >> >      1. Animas has a much better "windows" based
>> >> set up and much
>> >> >      easier to read and bigger screens than
>> >> Minimed.
>> >> >   6. Daily Totals
>> >> >      1. Both pumps have daily totals, but Animas
>> >> breaks down the
>> >> >      daily totals into basals and boluses so you
>> >> can see how much you
>> >> > are getting
>> >>
>> > === message truncated ===
>> > .
>> .
> .
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