A Slim Chance

I may have mentioned that my warranty ends on my Minimed in February, prompting me to get excited about getting the new 530G and Enlite sensor/transmitter system.

But I thought… hmm, I have the opportunity to shop around for a new brand of pump because my insurance isn’t limited to a Medtronic contract, why am I not taking it?

I know Kim over at textingmypancreas is also shopping around for a pump, so I’m following her trials and reviews a bit more closely.

Lifestyle-wise, I’ve added the T:Slim to my list of possible upgrades.

This is the T:Slim:

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It’s a touch screen insulin pump, similar to a smart phone. This would alleviate the issues I seem to have with button errors when sticking the pump in places other than a pants pocket. (See my NYE story last year…) It also has a rechargeable battery rather than being powered by an Energizer disposable, so the tree-hugger in me is semi-soothed. (Insulin pumps still produce a lot of waste, but whatever.) The infusion sets seem fairly similar, if not better, than my standard sets from Medtronic. You can enter carb counts on a keypad rather than scrolling through a sequential list. It’s flat – so more comfortable to sleep on. Color screen is easier to see in the dark or bright light – much like a smart phone. And there is an app to upload data for evaluation by a health care provider.

Sounds awesome, right? Well – you take the good with the bad. The T:Slim was introduced in 2012 by Tandem – a brand new start up trying to revolutionize pumping. Fine and dandy unless you are someone who doesn’t like to try the first version of anything. With the startup comes complaints about customer service, etc. and so forth. However, I’ve had some interesting customer service from Medtronic over the years so, that’s not a HUGE concern. (But still a valid one.) The other thing to consider is that I would need a separate device to act as my CGM. The obvious choice would be a Dexcom, which many in the DOC love to pieces and tell me it’s heaven compared to my mosquito sensors… but again, the inconvenience (and expense) of ANOTHER sensor device to tote around feels like a hassle when compared to my All-in-One, no matter how inaccurate it may be.

(Though – rumor has is that t:slim and Dexcom will be integrating eventually into one device as well… but it’s not yet.)

Anyway, I told my husband about my cursory research and that this could be the future of my pumping. Here is how the conversation went.

M: It’s fancy.
J: Yup.
M: It looks like an iPhone.
J: Yeah a little bit, huh?
M: Can it play your Snoopy game?
J: No, probably not.
M: What about Insulin vs. Carbies?
J: …Yes… actually, yes, that’s exactly it.

Think about it…

GRAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNSSSSSS!!!

GRAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNSSSSSS!!!

I think my husband is on to something.

PWD: Phone Home?

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Filing under: “I didn’t really think of that until just now.”

I have an iPhone. (Or LemmingPhone for you Android users…) It is my only resource available to make phone calls on the road or, really, at home. (Because, why would I want to fire up Skype to talk to my techno-phobic parents and brother?)

I recently upgraded to one of newer models because I could and I’ve been futzing around iOS7 for the last week or so. Today – one of the “update me now” notifications popped up for the system itself. I downloaded the patch on my iPad last night, so I figure the BRANDNEW phone would be just fine installing a 33MB patch.

15 minutes before I’m supposed to leave for work and I find this on my phone:

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Um, no. I’m not turning on my hubby’s clunky desktop PC and connecting to iTunes right meow. Activate HARDRESTART.

iPhone: Ha. Nope.

Long story short – I got the phone working again. But between the software update crashing my phone and not having the latest version of iTunes on my computer (whatever, Apple) I was without access to my cell phone for calls for about 3.5 hours.

I know. First world problems.

But seriously, for someone with a chronic illness, not being able to make emergency calls is kind of a big deal.

I don’t have a land line phone. My cell is my only means of calling for help if I need it. Since my hubby had left for work already, that phone was gone. All I had was a really expensive paperweight. No bueno.

I suggested to the hubs that we should get a land line. I don’t know if we will, but I’ve never really thought about needing it until now. That whole “what if?” thing was kind of freaking me out a bit. (Still – if I were hypo to the point of unconsciousness, a working phone wouldn’t do me any good either.)

I love the technology that cell phones are embracing. I barely use it to talk on the phone anyway. But – what if? What do you do?