What do YOU think? I need some opinions!

Okay I have decided to look into a CGMS system and wanted to know what others thought about the MiniMed paradigm pump/sensor.

I found out my insurance rocks and will cover the cost and supplies 90% but I don't want to invest in it if it turns out it isn't a great product.

So, anyone using a CGMS: what do you like about it, what do you use, what don't you like about it?

I am all ears!!


Drea said...

I don't know where to start!

I am using the Minimed model, but mostly because it was the only one available in Canada when I was shopping!!

First, you are lucky to have your insurance company's support! Mine supports my pump 100%, but nothing towards the transmitter and sensors!

I have found I sleep better, and do not worry about my BG level. The sensor will alarm for me when I am out of range! I used to creep up to 10, 11...12 (mmol/L) and not even feel it, until I was 15 or so...so the sensor is helping me keep in my target area!

The Minilink is small, and I forget it is there. That is a bonus...and rechargeable!

-What don't I like? It is a second item attached to my body, but it is small and I don't mind.
-My insurance does not cover the sensors...
-calibration is no problem, but took a few sensors to get a hang of it!

Megan said...

I'm really thinking of doing this myself. The benefits seem great, but I'm having a really hard time convincing myself to pour over $1k into something with a 6 month warranty.

Bernard said...

I've been using a Dexcom STS since March. Entry cost is lower than the Minimed system.

I paid for it myself, and have been paying for the sensors. Officially they are good for 3 days, but I've been getting 9-12 days out of each one.

It tracks my blood sugar fairly well most of the time. Of course last Sunday it decided to tell me it was 250, when it was a lot longer and I ended up at 40 with 5 units of insulin on board (gasp). But that's unusual.

Software paints pretty pictures but is not very informative.

And it's another thing to carry around and is larger than your pump.

But despite all this I'm finding it very useful and won't give it up until something better comes along.