In this episode we cover the three big insulin pump manufacturers: overview, pros, cons, features, benefits, and what's coming next for each.
There are three major pump manufacturers: Medtronic, Tandem, and Insulet (makes Omnipod). Jessie wears the Medtronic 670G and I wear the Tandem t:Slim X2 with Control IQ.
Because we don't have first-hand experience with the Omnipod, I reached out to my Facebook community and crowdsourced the details for the Omni.
Podder JeVonda Flint was kind enough to share a collage picture of her different pod placements, seen below.
Wins & Fails
Jessie's Win: Jessie is finally back in her weight training class at school. It's a little different with remote learning, but it's a welcome return nonetheless.
Colleen's Fail: My last sensor kept cutting out early, so I changed it with a day to go because of the uncertainty and how off the readings were. Tech is not perfect despite what we'd like.
Hack of the Week
Always keep some alcohol swabs or a bottle of sanitizer with you. They come in handy for finger sticks, site, and sensor changes.
The spotlight this week is on companies that help you decorate your pumps, CGMs, and other diabetes accessories.
Pump Peelz has all sorts of fun stickers to personalize your devices. I’ve used their t:Slim stickers before and their G6 transmitter stickers to spice things up.
I also use GrifGrips overlay patches to keep my sensors on longer.
Question for You!
What pump do you have? Which is your favorite, if you’ve used multiple?
Links & Resources
- Learn more about the Medtronic pumps here
- Learn more about the Tandem t:Slim X2 Pump here
- You can find the comparison chart between the Omnipod Eros and Dash systems here.
- Healthline: An Insulin Pump Guide from DiabetesMine
- Edwards Health Care Services: Find the Right Insulin Pump to Fit your Needs!
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