1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2020 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Pump approval - YES! but which one?

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by lilymoon, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. lilymoon

    lilymoon Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Hi all, I am hoping that you're knowledge and experience will help me with this.

    I have been type 1 for 10 1/2 years now and have been approved for a pump. I am over the moon as I understand it is a game changer. I am very excited to get going with it and start living again.

    I have been offered a choice of 3 pumps but I think only two out of the three are suitable for me.

    Accu-chek Insight
    Ypsomed which I believe is the MyLife.

    I have done some research but haven't found too much information, so am I still a bit confused as to which pump to choose.

    As it is my first pump I would like to know what those of you who are on pump therapy think I should be looking for in a pump, the most vital points of the pump therapy to ensure the pump offers this capability, what you find useful, essential, not helpful, easy, hard.

    Any help and advice, to be honest, will be greatly appreciated.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    4,081
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Congrats on getting pump approval @lilymoon. What was your 3rd choice pump??
     
  3. lilymoon

    lilymoon Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    53
    thank you, i am thrilled. It was Accu chek Combo.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    4,081
    Trophy Points:
    198
    After 48 years of T1D I got my pump in February. Recently had my lowest A1C in 30 odd years :). Love my pump
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. lilymoon

    lilymoon Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    53
    ooooh that's wonderful!!!! I am so excited. Literally on a high since they told me yesterday. So pleased for you! You're literally flying at life
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  6. lilymoon

    lilymoon Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    53
    BTW which pump do you have?
     
  7. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    4,081
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Medtronic 640G. I was offered the Omnipod and the AccuCheck Combo.
    I was torn between the Omnipod and the 640G. But went for the 640G (it looked better :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:)
     
  8. lilymoon

    lilymoon Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    53
    haha all about the looks nevermind the functionality...
    I am leaning towards the accuchek insight as this seems to have more positive reviews from pumpers.... even though i think its a close call between the two. i know i could get the ypsomed mylife sooner than the insight so i won't rule it out. all the reviews on youtube are from foreign users so i can't understand what they think of it. shame. anyway, i'll let you know what i go for.

    happy pumping!
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  9. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,652
    Likes Received:
    4,081
    Trophy Points:
    198
    :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious: functionality did come into it as well (HONESTLY).

    I will tag @Juicyj to ask her to move this to the pump part of the forum if thats ok with you...
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. lilymoon

    lilymoon Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    53
    yes that's fine.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    8,115
    Likes Received:
    6,523
    Trophy Points:
    198
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  12. Capt-Slog

    Capt-Slog LADA · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    164
    Likes Received:
    101
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Hi lilymoon, I too have been approved for a pump and I am waiting to hear if I can have the pump I want.

    I too had the choice of your three pumps, as well as the 640G, the 670G and the Omnipod.
    At first I thought I was very lucky to have such a large choice as many CCG's only offer 1.

    After simply loads of research, I went back to my team and asked if I could be considered for the Tandem T:Slim X2 pump.
    After an initial blank state, and the obvious statement of "But we don't DO that one" they have decided to support my request locally, but it still has to be approved at the AREA meeting.

    I know this doesn't directly answer your question, and I don't even have a pump to say "mine is really good" but I thought I would just try to show that if you like the look of another pump, then it is at least worth asking your DSN if they would consider adding it to their choices.

    Bear in mind that you will probably be stuck with your choice of pump for about 4 years, so it is worth doing everything you can to get the one that is right for you.

    I know a LOT of people like the Omnipod (which is another one not on your list ).

    If it is any help. There was a lady who posted very recently, who had an Ypsomed and was very unhappy with it, to the point of being really distressed.

    I rejected the Ypsomed because I simply couldn't find anyone who was talking about it online. Literally nobody. That is a bad sign.

    Another thing that a lot of people miss when looking for a pump is what is happening to the market share value of the parent company in the news.
    Ypsomed shares are going down quite a lot and that is usually a sign of bad sales.

    Roche has always been a reliable company and I know a lot of people that have both the Insight and the Combo. I have a good friend who has recently changed from the Insight to the Combo and seems very happy, but everyone has different feelings and your pump is exactly that.. YOUR pump.

    Good luck with your choice and keep us informed about how you get on, which one you choose and why.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  13. megan

    megan Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    295
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    68
    Hi I've been on the Roche insight for 3 years. It's been fine. Blood test in one hand held device that then figures out your bolus and administers it. Can be a bit slow but I've always been ok with that.
    Recently I was offered the ypsomed on a trial. It was stated a good idea as my updated insight replacement was due very soon so if ypsomed didn't work out I could change back to insight.
    Worst thing I ever did.
    Awful experience with the ypsomed and worst still is I'm unable to go back to my insight!
    So being constructive... the ypsomed blood test machine wouldn't connect at the diabetic clinic in day one. Should have taken that as a sign.
    Two more goes and tech help at home and got it done.
    You test on one machine.
    You type in info to an app on your phone (Mylife)
    Then you dial it directly into your pump
    ( do you handle 3 machines to do test and bonus)
    As opposed to the insight which you do it all in one hand set. It may buffer a bit but that's nothing compared to the ypsomed Mylife when it malfunctions. Which happened more often than not for me.

    So in my first week my ypsomed crashed. Panic as it's night time but don't worry they have night time in the phone help. But no they didn't because that line went down too!
    I got hold of them eventually but I'd had huge struggles trying to re set the ypsomed pump.
    Over the next few weeks the Mylife app was just hell.
    I tried to get tech support and was told they'd get back to me
    They didn't
    After another couple of weeks I mentioned difficulties to another team member and they told my nurse who then tried to help and phone ypsomed support who had no record of my call.
    Some of the problems were ironed out here but the app continued to malfunction.
    When it does work it doesn't like to stack doses so if you dose for dinner then have something else with in maybe a couple of hours it counts in your last insulin dose which is not helpful.
    That dose you've given was allocated for another purpose. Not to be counted in with the next dose. If these instructions were followed then the results are high sugars.
    I knew that but to prove a point to myself I followed the machines instructions once and got a blood of 22!!!
    Felt awful
    After all that.... the way ypsomed displays its info is in a long list. Not helpful in viewing your results to make good informed decisions on any dose changes.
    Insight is much better equipped for this with various graphs and data info nicely displayed.
    Separate to that are personal choices... ypsomed has a 360 rotating cannula... insight does not
    Personally i thought this might be helpful but it was a hindrance. The ypsomed cannula stood too proud of my skin and made too easy to pull out.
    After that they package cannula and tubing together so when you have to replace the pulled out cannula you waste the new tubing.
    Insight packages them separately
    Now I'm told I can't go back to insight. I am gutted. I have the choice of ypsomed or insulin pens again
    You may have a better experience than me. This is just my experience and my opinion. Sadly not a good one.
    I hope you get in really well with what ever choice you make and that it improves daily quality of life, which is what they're meant for. Good luck
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. Capt-Slog

    Capt-Slog LADA · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    164
    Likes Received:
    101
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Thanks megan
     
  15. Notorious

    Notorious Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    63
    Trophy Points:
    48
    You can build a DIY closed-loop with either the Combo or the Insight, if you think this is something that might interest you.

    I have a Medtronic 640g and before that an Animas Vibe so sadly can't comment myself on the individual pumps. Any pump is better than no pump though, in my opinion :)
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook