Decorating the Contour Next USB Meter with Pump Peelz!

It’s no secret that I love PumpPeelz. Scott and Emily have successfully created a business that allows a diabetic to, if they wish, decorate and customize their diabetes management devices in fun prints and patterns. Now, this may not seem like a big deal to many, and down right ridiculous to some, but to a lot of people, it’s a godsend. Why? Because diabetes is depressing enough – if seeing something as simple as a sticker brightens your mood around testing your sugar or bolusing your next meal dose, then why not?

Anyway, at the beginning of the year I spoke with Scott and Emily over the phone about their new ideas for the year and one thing I asked for was a Contour Next USB peel. This meter has been my friend for over a year now (more on why later, but the Cliffs Notes version is that I feel it’s more consistent reading-to-reading when tests are run simultaneously, something very important when calibrating my CGM), and it’s not a mainstream meter like the Verio… Except to those who use the Medtronic pump. I’ve been using the standard, non-Medtronic linking one, but it’s the same size and shape. So I thought it would be a good idea to have a peel option for them since they have them for their pumps. After all, most who have the Animas or t:slim and use the Verio line get to do that now. I told Scott and Emily my idea and they loved it.


So, here we are! I’ve gotten quite a few questions on Instagram and lots of “OOO! I want one!” or “I NEED these!!” comments, so here’s YOUR chance to get a free $10 gift card to PumpPeelz to use as soon as they launch (a little birdy told me it would be later this month 😉). Plus, they already have the option for it in the Custom Designer Tool as well, so if you don’t want to wait for their designs, you can create your own! All you need to do is enter here by Monday and I’ll let you know on Tuesday who the winners are! Good luck!!!

Designs for Tandem t:slim!

I’ve been working with Emily and Scott over at Pump Peelz to try to create a way to make Pump Peelz for the Tandem t:slim. I already knew I loved their Dexcom Peelz as well as the ones for the Verio meter, so being able to add even more personalization to my insulin pump? Well, that would just be the icing on the cake to me.

A couple of weeks ago, they sent me a prototype to try out. I was ecstatic. I knew it was a potential product for them, but to actually get to try one out and see it in person was pretty awesome.

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What was even more cool about them is that they are actually screen protectors and designs in one. Yep. That’s right. Since the t:slim is a touch-screen pump, you do need to try to have something on the screen to protect it against scratches and things that can interfere with the touch sensitivity of the pump. With having the ink printed directly onto the screen protector, this allows you to actually change the screen protector and not have to layer a peel on top of your existing one thus probably losing it if you ever wanted to change the design again. (And, if your screen protector that you have on it now is in good condition, you can also carefully remove it and simply save it on a piece of wax paper or baking parchment paper for later if you’d like).

The ink and process that is used to make the designs is actually pretty neat. These are printed in layers with a 3D printer – one of very few in the country. They start out printing the white, then add the other colors on top. It’s done similar to how 3D printers print Braille.

The fit wasn’t exactly perfect in the beginning,

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but we took some additional measurements and we think we’ve got it right now.

Yesterday, they announced on their Pump Peelz Facebook page that they are ready to go, and I am excited to share this with you.

And, courtesy of Pump Peelz, I am also going to be hosting a give-away fro them! FIVE randomly chosen (with a number generator) commenters can win a Tandem t:slim screen protector Peelz! Just leave a comment below to enter. That’s it! We’ll let you know by Friday who the winners are.

Happy t:slimming! 😀