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  1. BadShoe
    BadShoe April 30, 2011 at 7:09 am | | Reply

    “But if Apple went out of businesses tomorrow and all the Apple users had to buy PCs, they’d understand exactly how we Cozmo folks feel.”

    I too thought that the Cosmo software was brilliant. My kids thought the Cosmo pumps looked funny and their mom dressed them funny. They prefer Animas. Go figure. My kids are PCs, the same of it all.

  2. Penny
    Penny April 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | | Reply

    “you can have wonderful control on a pump, and you can have crappy control on a pump. You can have wonderful control on shots, and you can have crappy control on shots. It’s the brain of the PWD that makes the tools work. The pump is really just a fancy syringe.”

    Wil, I don’t think this is communicated enough throughout the diabetic world as it is. I do think it’s the brains behind the pump/shot that makes the tools work. Great quote.

    (And I just looked down at my Captcha word and it reads: nothelpa the
    Well, there ya go.)

  3. Roselady
    Roselady April 30, 2011 at 10:24 am | | Reply

    Again, loving this new column — and thought that eli lilly smart pen was great!

  4. Wendy
    Wendy April 30, 2011 at 11:52 am | | Reply

    We LOVED Cozmo. It was a sad day in our house when it was time to say good-bye. I was *SURE* I couldn’t ever love another insulin pump the same. My daughter wears Animas now and I’m pleased to report that I was very, very wrong :) LOVE IT!

    Great column!

  5. Vicki
    Vicki April 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | | Reply

    I have worn a Medtronic pump for 25 years and always received great service. Recently went thru several weeks of refractory blood sugars after putting a pet to sleep. I worked hard and so did my endo with no avail. Medtronic sent me very quickly a charger for my CGMS (free of charge) to rule out that my transmitter was dead (It was one of the first). Then after I could not get the transmitter to work Medtronic worked very quickly thru the process to send me a new CGMS system. The day I put it on blood sugars calmed down! Go figure.

  6. Vicki
    Vicki April 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm | | Reply

    70/30 novolog flex pens are only good for 14 days after starting to use them. This can have a direct impact on blood sugars. If you need to confirm this please call Novo Nordisk at 1-800-811-0467.

  7. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell April 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm | | Reply

    I already miss my Cozmo and the warranty has yet to expire. I figure I’ll order supplies and keep going as long as I can. I do wish Smiths Medical had sold the technology to another company. For example the disappointing Spirit Pump really needs to be replaced. How about it Roche, I’ll bet you could pick up the Cozmo for a bahgain!

    That Lilly pen looks interesting and some patch pens may be available before too long. I’m not sure I want to go the pump route again until I can get one with the Dexcom integrated.

  8. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog April 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm | | Reply

    8 pod errors and 5 occlusion alerts? Are you sure you are using it as trained? In 18 months I don’t think we’ve ever had an occlusion alert.

    We love, l-o-v-e, LOVE the OmniPod and would never (at this point, given the alternatives) consider any other.

    There are so many pluses for us using the OmniPod and as a caregiver it makes life so much easier.

    Did I mention we love it?

    (Oh, and I would be so freaked out if Apple went out of business. The horror!)

  9. Reyna
    Reyna April 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm | | Reply

    Animas girl here! Love it…no issues and the menu is NOT a problem for us…but get “different strokes for different folks”.

    AND…

    YES! on the insulin storage question. I only keep cartoned, unused insulin in there…I have insulin at room temp and in Woodchuck for my on-the-go Joe. However…I do live in VT. I think in like AZ or in Qatar…or other places…a ice pack thingy may be needed.

    LOVE WIL!!!!!

  10. Natalie Sera
    Natalie Sera May 1, 2011 at 4:38 am | | Reply

    You wrote: “The nice thing about living in a diabetes epidemic is that we’ll have lots of cool new toys to play with!”

    The sad and ironic part of this statement is that those who comprise the diabetes epidemic are Type 2′s, and they usually can’t get the cool toys. I have a pump and a CGM, which I love, and work far better for me than shots, but it’s only because I have a Type 1 diagnosis. And I’m facing having to give up the CGM when I go on Medicare in 2 years, and who knows if they’ll support the pump either.

    You don’t get to play with the toys if you don’t have the money!

  11. Wil
    Wil May 1, 2011 at 9:00 am | | Reply

    Viki–

    You are absolutely right that mix pens, both from Novo and Ely Lily, have a much shorter shelf life due to being part NPH, a more “old fashioned” intermediate length quasi-basal insulin. Mix could be the subject of an entire column, and if someone is interested you know where to ask! Mix therapy is very far from state of the art, but it’s cheap. Well, cheap by insulin standards anyway. That’s sort of like saying regular gas is cheap compared to premium…

  12. Lili
    Lili May 1, 2011 at 9:14 am | | Reply

    Dunno, but I have definitely had insulin go bad due to heat just being in my purse (I use Novolog), so I carry ice packs or a Frio now if it’s going to be above 80 degrees in my purse.

    A low tech solution instead of a Frio that I’ve heard of is to use a pot and a smaller clay pot. Put water in the bigger pot. Then put the insulin into the smaller clay pot and into the bigger pot.

  13. Anne
    Anne May 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | | Reply

    sometimes I throw my insulin into one of those small metal thermoses say, for example, if it’s going to be in my car in the heat. I don’t keep it cold but I’m hoping that it keeps it from getting exposed to super high heat. I don’t think I’ve really ever had insulin go bad from the heat but I do understand trying to remove all the possible confounds to good control.

  14. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell May 2, 2011 at 6:56 am | | Reply

    @Natalie, I only learned recently that I had to go on Medicare at a certain age. An age at which I’m sure I’ll still be working and probably would still have health insurance, except that Medicare is forced on us. And they wonder why the Medicare scheme is broken. I was disheartened to learn from my endo that Medicare doesn’t cover CGMs and getting pump coverage is hard also. I do hope we can things to improve Medicare coverage of items that have become essential for many of us.

  15. LL
    LL May 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm | | Reply

    RE: The toys. No, we don’t all have access to them.
    My HMO has things set up so I can barely afford to stay in warranty with a pump. I love my Animas (traded in my Cozmo) but with the warranty up soon and a fifty percent copay and no chance of trade in or financing (thanks to my HMO’s relationship with a certain third party), what choices do I have?
    Forget CGMS, my plan doesn’t cover them for hardly anyone. Forget pods, my plan doesn’t cover them either. When the Solo patch pump (Roche) comes out, it will probably be years before there is a chance of having that covered.
    Seriously considered going on injections again, but not sure since A. you cant turn your insulin dose down….. and B. you have to take a lot of injections separately (cant mix long and short acting.)
    What to do?
    Not sure yet, but definitely feeling that for many of us purchasing the latest technology aint gonna happen.

  16. Karen Rose Tank
    Karen Rose Tank May 6, 2011 at 5:01 am | | Reply

    I’ve been a Minimed pumper for 13 years! How time flies!!! Satisfied for the most part… but just had a second pump with stuck buttons in the past 5 months… so yes the day or 2 on shots. This time it was actually a bit fun… A pump VACATION! It felt incredible to be “untethered” for a few days! BUT all those shots got the best of me… after 3 days I reconnected my new pump (Yes my old one when out on a Sunday night- so got my new one in 36 hours, thank you… and the bottle of Lantus I had in the fridge was just over a year old).. would love to try something without tubing when my warranty is over in October.

    Is it the Solo that has buttons on it to bolus incase you forget your controller? That is my biggest hesitation about going Omnipod… leaving home without it! I do LOVE having that pump in my pocket at all times.

  17. Dan Fahey
    Dan Fahey May 6, 2011 at 7:34 am | | Reply

    On the question of keeping insulin cold, I haven’t done that for active bottles [don't use a pump] in years. Almost never have had a problem. [Type 1 diabetic for 44 years.] Of coursem there’s no reason not to keep unopened botles in the frig.

  18. Dan Fahey
    Dan Fahey May 6, 2011 at 7:41 am | | Reply

    Regarding the use of pumps at all, I’ve not been able to convince myself there’s a great benefit UNLESS you simply can’t seem to get your blood sugars consistently under control. To me the “winner” of a product will be when a CGM actually works effectively as a standalone product.

  19. Diabetic Diva
    Diabetic Diva May 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | | Reply

    Many thanks for the post, I am quite new to insulin so I was not looking forward to doing a long haul flight. However, I have purchased my Frio and feel more confident about traveling, especially since I will taking 3 connecting flights and hanging around at the airports. I was told by my pharmacist to ask the cabin crew to refrigerate the pens. Panic attack! I am soooo forgetful, I would have probably left them behind. I purchased my pens from AIMS (MENA) FZE they distribute in the Middle East.

  20. Sharon Rowe
    Sharon Rowe May 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | | Reply

    I find that I have to travel with my insulin on ice if the temperature is above 80 degrees. If I am going to be continually in an air-conditioned environment, I will keep it in my purse. I use Humalog and have done so for 15 years. Before that I used nearly every Lilly insulin on the market but I honestly don’t remember how susceptible they were to heat.

  21. Jean Devlin Haight
    Jean Devlin Haight March 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | | Reply

    I have been using the Omji Pod for well over 5 years! I love it!
    My issue is that the US Congress assigned the Code Numbers PodA 9274 and PDME 0784! I am about to start on Medicare but because of these numbers assigned by the Congress I will not be able to continue with Omni Pod!
    I do know that there is a “CONGRESSIONAL DIABETES CAUCUS!” I don’t know if they assigned the disposable code numbers or if some other group in the Congress has done this!
    The following are the members of this particular caucus: Rep Ed Whitfield;Rep Diana De Gette;Rep Tom Reed;Rep Xavier Becerra!
    There is also a Senate Diabetes Caucus. I’ve been unable to locate the members of this caucus!
    I would like to continue with the Omni Pod! I have been a diabetic and followed at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston since I was 18 mos old! I don’t prefer the pumps with all the tubing hanging down,I’m sure other females in this group can understand why!
    I would appreciate any help I can get to have “MEDICARE COVER THE OMNI POD!”

    The Petition is located on My Wall: Jean Devlin Haight on Facebook!

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