I am new to posting, but not new the the site. I have been a Type 1 diabetic for over 12 years (I am currently 25). I was recently married and my new wife is very insistent on trying a CGM to prevent nighttime lows. I do not blame her - I've had a handful middle-of-the-night experiences in the past and never wish that experience on anyone - even those on my enemy's list.
The problem is I am due for a new pump and am currently debating the options. I currently have a Minimed 715, so I feel most comfortable with their technology. However, I've read nothing favorable to their CGM. While having everything in once device is appealing, the reports in inaccuracies, pain and blood, bulkiness, and the need for adhesive tape are very unappealing. I can get a new Minimed Revel for about $700, after insurance pays their part.
I've also read into the Animas One Touch Ping, because I hear they are integrating with the Dexcom 7 Plus in the future. However, I use too much insulin to accept a smaller reservoir (only 200 units versus 300 in the Minimed). I can get the Ping for about $500, after insurance.
NOW, the question is what do I choose? I think I am set on the Minimed Revel Pump, but keep going back and forth on the CGM unit. Do I stay with one unit and purchase the Minimed CGM? Or do I carry a separate unit, the Dexcom 7 Plus? I've read from numerous blogs that people prefer the Dexcom 7.
Please, anyone with thoughts on this issue or have experienced the same thing, share your advice!
Specifically, is their anyone who uses (or used in the past) a Minimed Pump but also tracked their glucose with the Dexcom 7? I do not think I'll mind carrying a separate device if it is accurate. Buying and using a device that does not accurately report glucose levels (so I've heard the Minimed CGM) is a waste of time, money, energy, emotion, and anything else you can throw at it.