What’s New Monday – No. 6

1. First off, today is the day that my NEW t:slim pump arrives… and I.. am… SO… EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK ExCiTeD!!!!!!! I kinda wish, though, it had been coming tomorrow like planned because now I’m going to have a full day and evening to play with it and be totally temped to hook up, whereas if it were to come tomorrow, I wouldn’t have time to because we have Erik’s annual Christmas party at work to attend and I wouldn’t be able to. But, alas, this is a good thing too. I can play and play as much as possible with it to be more comfortable with it for training. I was really surprised to see that it’s “on vehicle for delivery” this morning because USUALLY UPS doesn’t deliver before the scheduled date – at least not for us. We’ve actually seen where it was in our local facility and stayed there until the delivery date. Granted, I don’t know how they work – they may have just had full trucks those days until it was supposed to be delivered… but that’s neither here nor there… I’m getting my t:slim package TODAY and that totally ROCKS! Yay for #tslim !!!

2. Kip is walking… a lot! He is a determined little kid now. The look on his face when he walks is all, “I can do this… I can do this… I can do this…” and then when he catches you watching him, he gets all excited and giggles and laughs and tries to hurry to you with a total “I told ya I could, I told ya I could ( or at least I think I can ), Yep, I’m totally rocking this walking thing…”. He’s still in that slow just-learning-to-go-it-alone stage, but that’s totally OK with me. I’m just glad to see him walking independently since we were so worried about it earlier.

3. Also, along with Kip learning to walk, we have a new adventure…. Christmas Decorations. I do believe we have said more “No!” and “Not that!” to him that we ever have…. and he just looks at us with his big blue (or green – depending on what he’s wearing) eyes with a look like, “What? Why can’t I play with it?”. In the first weekend, we have had to repair 3 ornaments, and this past weekend went by unscathed, so I think we’re doing pretty good!

4. I am on week 3 of my Lexapro and I can say that I can honestly tell a difference now. I’m more relaxed and not as anxious about everything. I’m able to let things go. I also haven’t had another panic attack, so that’s a great thing. I feel more at ease than I have in years.

Well, that’s it for this week’s WNM. I hope you all have a great week.

IT’S COMING!!!!!

Remember when I had the demo of the t:slim shown to me earlier this month and how excited I was?

Yeah…. I don’t know how that happened seeing as how I didn’t think I was eligible til December 14th, but I am now officially off-my-rocker, kid-in-a-candy-store STOKED and EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! {Read: I’m more excited than a kid getting an iPad AND iPhone for Christmas!}

I was told yesterday, though, that the distributor that I have to go through to get one didn’t have one in stock  at the time (HOW does THAT happen??), but that one would be shipped out as soon as their restock came in, which should be that day or the next. Well, today, I got an email… IT HAS SHIPPED!!!!! I should have my brand-new t:slim pump IN MY HANDS on Tuesday.

Did I mention how excited I am?

Yeah, that was, like, so 2 hours ago… It’s now 4 days – 21 hours – 44 minutes – 40 seconds……BUT WHO’S COUNTING, RIGHHHTTT??

Guys, this is awesome.

I just hope HOPE hope that the t:slim lives up to all that I hope it will. I’ve heard a LOT of good reviews about it, along with some not so great, so I’ve weighted out the good and the bad of what I’ve seen. Don’t think that I think this pump will be THE answer to pump therapy, because I don’t. A lot of work still has to be thought out and done by the user (I mean, it would be awesome if it included a camera that could see what we’re eating, calculate the carbs, and bolus it for me, but yeah.. that ain’t happenin’). I also know that {for some strange reason} people who use Apidra have a TON of problems with occlusions. My theory is one of two things: the insulin has a reaction with something in the material of the reservoir “bag” that is not known yet or (two) there is something that happens to the insulin breaking down (since it breaks down the fastest of the three available) too fast in the safety chamber. Now, I’m no scientist at all, so PLEEEEASSEE do not take those assumptions as being truth because they are not. Either way, I don’t plan to try to find out why it doesn’t work. I have Novolog on hand and plan to keep using it with the t:slim.

What I’m not excited about though – and there’s absolutely not thing that can be done about this unless they change the design – is that with my Ping, even though I hate the scrolling everywhere to bolus and the darn timeout-refind my place stuff, I do like that once I DO have a bolus programmed, it goes in FAST. I don’t have to wait forever for it to deliver. And I know it’s all in my head… thinking that if it delivers fast, it’s going to absorb fast – which is totally untrue, but it’s still something that I’ve always liked because I like to listen to my pump deliver until it’s done JUST because I want to be sure it delivered. Call me crazy, but it was what I was taught to do 12 years ago when I started pumping and I still do it. And the less amount of time I have to “listen out”, the better for me. But I think I can get over that in exchange for the cooler features of the t:slim.

And, though I’m not even using it yet, I think there would be a great program addition if you guys could include it…… So, you have the awesome site reminder, right? What about rotation? Maybe have a setup that asks where you usually get the best absorption (i.e., the abdomen, right leg, left leg, right arm, left arm, etc). Then, for those areas chosen, the pump just adds that into the reminder: “Time to change your site. Rotate to Left Thigh”. HOW COOL!? No? Okay. Just a thought.

Some have wondered if I would miss the remote-bolus feature of the Ping. The answer is no. Since I hooked back up to my Ping 2 months ago, I haven’t used the meter-remote. I check my sugar with my Verio IQ and manually put everything into my pump to bolus with. I did that intentionally to see if I wouldn’t mind losing that function with the Dexcom integration of the Animas Vibe, and I don’t miss it. And since both Animas and Tandem are working with Dexcom (though I know the process will most likely be longer for Tandem), I’m okay either way. And complete truth be told, **SHHHHHH** I don’t want my pump integrated with CGM. {WWWWWHHHHHHATTT did she just say???!???????} While the feature is great and you certainly won’t lose track of your CGM, and integration does have GREAT benefits – I don’t like it after being on a pump with it. Why? Because I was embarrassed when I went to a wedding, wearing a great dress, and my pump was in my thigh holder. In the middle of the ceremony, my pump started buzzing an alarm, and I could not dismiss it. Not to mention, I looked pretty awkward to others constantly pressing in “that” area trying to dismiss it. Now, if there were some way to have a remote that controlled both the pump and the CGM function, then great. Until then, I’ll probably be the only diabetic on the planet that uses both technologies that couldn’t care when the integration is available for other pumps here in the US. I’ve lived long enough with pumps, diabetes and parties to know how to dismiss myself to a private location and plan a bolus that may not work exactly GREAT, but covers my food for the next hour, and how to eat accordingly. Some people (okay, a lot) may not agree with me, but that’s why different pump companies have their own features that are unique to them. They’re better able to reach targets that others aren’t because of personal preferences.

So, this geek is off to read the PDF of the user manual for the second time. Also, watch Sarah L’s videos about her t:slim for the umpteen dozenth time.

Oh, and I can’t WAIIIITT til I can order the t:clip. I understand that current t:slim users will be getting one shipped to them for free, but I have a feeling it will be black. I want to order a PINK one and a PURPLE one… MOSTLY a PURPLE one! EEEEK!

I Heart t:slim!

So, yesterday, I was able to see hands-on a demo t:slim insulin pump.  We went over the functions of the pump and how it works, and some of the cool features it has over other available pumps.

When the rep pulled it out, my jaw literally dropped. I could not believe how tiny the pump is! It’s slim and sleek and all sorts of awesome.  I compared it to the size of my Animas Ping and it was like – whoa. Super thin. Then, I compared it to my Verio meter – it’s a bit thicker, but not by much.

 

I didn’t get any frontal pictures, just because there are so many out there available now. What I was really looking forward to seeing was if it lived up to it’s name and their slogan. Well, color me happy because it is SUPER slim and certainly lives up to it’s name.

So what about this “touch simplicity”?

I have to tell you, while it doesn’t have the super responsive feather-touch sensitivity as an iPhone would, it’s is very easy to touch the screen to get it to do what you need it to do. While I know that’s not the slogan’s meaning, it was a concern for me. But, once I got to touch it and play around with the menus, it’s not that much different at all. I liken it to the touch-responsiveness of the Kindle Fire. I did keep laughing at myself though because I wanted to scroll with my finger instead of touching the up or down arrows to scroll through the history screen!

The pump does live up to the slogan though. It is so easy to use this pump, and having the touch screen does make things so much faster and easier. I loved that all I had to do was touch a few places and a bolus was delivered. No scrolling up, missing the mark, scrolling back down, etc. It just a simple tap-tap-tap and your’e done.

The thing I’m most excited about is the different profiles  and not just different basal rate profiles. This is the most ingenious thing ever in my opinion because someone FINALLY realized, “Hey, if they need to change their basal rates, wouldn’t they be sensitive/less sensitive to the other insulin factors as well??” Super smart, Tandem!

Oh, and the T button (the ONLY button!) on the top/side not only wakes the pump, but can be used for an audio/vibrate bolus. {Yeah, so! What’s so special about that? All pumps do that now.} Except (from what she told me) it can be set to go in increments of units OR carbohydrate! So, no more doing the math to figure out how many units you should need for “x” amount of carbs while trying to keep the pump hidden away. Just press it how many times you need to to increase the number of carbs you’re eating and it does the math for you! HOW TOTALLY AWESOME!!?? The only time I can figure that would be an issue would be if you’re needing to do a correction… then you would have to do some serious math to convert the BG overage to what would be equal to carbohydrates and then deliver the bolus.

I am super stoked about this pump. I am eligible to get one after December 14th, and I cannot wait. (Read: I’m such a nerd that I have a countdown clock going… T minus 31 days!) This is the first time in a long time I’ve been so excited about pump technology. I would gladly trade in every one of my pumps to get this one if I had to. I know, a pump is a pump is a pump – in the end, they all do the same function. And while each pump has their own niche and ways to trump the other, the end decision is going to need to be based off of what you like/want the most out of the pump you choose. If you want something that’s all connected with CGM and meter and all that jazz – then the Revel would probably be best. If you want a color screen, but prefer to have tactile buttons as well as a remote to bolus with so your pump can stay tucked away, then the Animas Ping would be better. If you want small, sleek, color screen and touch-ability, then the t:slim would be a good choice. They all perform the same basic principle and that’s to deliver insulin. As for me, I want the t:slim. It’s like a Kindle, Omnipod, and Ping had a baby.

Besides, did you really think this technology geek wouldn’t want it??