…The Medtronic Paradigm VEO!
(See here for the back-story.)
Ultimately, after hearing stories from both sides (i.e. Medtronic users and Animas users), I realized three things:
- No model of pump is free from issues. Maybe my issues have been a bit extreme, but any device that is expected to function 24/7 and is subjected to as many bumps, drops and general-life-related incidents is going to malfunction from time to time. The fact that it’s a life-saving device means those malfunctions are a bigger deal, but they’re still going to happen. It sucks, but it’s true.
- Customer service is an important factor to consider when making a pump-purchase decision. The purchase itself isn’t likely the last you’ll be dealing with the pump company – especially given the possibility of the above-noted malfunctions.
- I need CGMS capabilities far more than I need to be able to swim tethered. Also, in light of the fact that I’m currently breastfeeding, exhausted and caring for two small children (who I can’t yet rely on for a 911 call if needed), I’m not really in a position to wait for Dexcom to come to Canada. I need CGMS now.
So that’s that. Order’s in, and I should have my new pump this week. I’m kind of excited! 🙂