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Upgrade.

Light a fire of good control in me?  Maybe.It's frustrating to think how obsolete a computer becomes in four years.  "Four years old?  You must be ready for an upgrade!" So they order a new computer - the latest Mac or a zippy PC - and it arrives in all it's brand-new glory, promising to be light years ahead of the last model and melting the walls with its tangible power.

It's strange, though, to think that I've been pumping for four years now.  Today's technology seems to be moving at the speed of light sometimes, with new versions of softwares being developed almost daily and gadgets being invented and reinvented by the hundreds, but my 512 and my soon-to-be ordered 522 won't be much different, save for small upgrades and the option for a continuous glucose monitoring system (which will be the subject of an insurance battle, I'm sure). 

I understand that this medical device has come a significant way from its origin as a backpack-sized monstrosity to a beeper-sized gadget.  I also understand that this is a strategic and precise medical device, something that helps to sustain and prolong my life.  Bells and whistles don't matter as much as precision and accuracy.

But. 

I would love to open a new model, one that's four years ahead of the version I'm trading in.  I would love to toss aside the packing peanuts,  pull out that little plastic device, and marvel in what medical technology has done with four years.

I'm hoping that once I'm linked up to the constant glucose monitoring portion of my new pump and making use of real-time results every day, the walls will start to melt for me.  

Comments

I'm wondering... is there any reason, beside the CGMS, that you are continuing to stay with MiniMed? Also why the pump with the smaller reservoir? I don't know exactly what your insulin needs are now, but if you plan to start a family in the next 4 years are you considering the insulin resistance that occurs during pregnancy? (If this is too personal you don't have to answer, I'm just extremely curious.)

I love my 522. It's a great pump. However, I feel like Minimed has focused a lot of their upgrades recently on the CGMS and has almost abandoned upgrades to the pump.

The differences between my Cozmo 1700 and my Cozmo 1800 (that I got upgraded to for free) were leaps and bounds. While my 522 compared to my friend's 515 is near identical.

I'm a few weeks behind you - Jan 30th 2008. 522 here I come!

The feel like the advances have slowed down. The 4 years from my MM 508 to my Cozmo were absolutely amazing. I'm almost to the end of this set of 4 years, and the changes are not as impressive.

But the more important question, are you going to change pump colors? ;)

This post reminds me of the "Open Letter To Steve Jobs" post that Amy Tenderich wrote. www.diabetesmine.com/2007/04/an_open_letter_.html.

It is a pretty sad state to see the lack of advances in medical technology verses all others.

Just think about all the things your cell phone can do, and how the design is user friendly and sleek. So many brands to choose from along with your choice of style and color.

Now look at the devices that our health depends on. Advances are slow, and even the best pumps can be a bit clumsy. There are just a few companies/products to choose from, and to top it all off, we are still trying to justify it's approval and usefulness.

Personally, I can't complain too much. Any pump would be an upgrade to me. So, you recommend Minimed?

My computer is 9 years old.. and has had a few upgrades like larger hard drive, more RAM and latest edition of Windows.. but that's it! Still going strong! If the fan breaks one more time though, we're screwed.. they don't make this one anymore.

I use the Minimed 522 and and honestly I love it. Medtronic does a great job and the CGMS is one reason I went with it. For the most part all the different pumps do the same thing--pump insulin so with that said it is great that Medtronic is spending so much energy and time on the CGMS part of it because that is what is going to advance the treatment of diabetes short of an outright cure.
To be honest I think a lot of people spend way to much time messing around with features. If the pump is set up properly and you test you BG regularly then in reality you shouldn't need most of the options they put into the pump. Simplicity in my opinion is what it is all about and that is what the Minimed 522 offers.

Kerri

This time I actually got loaners from two different companies before changing my pump. I liked both the Animas 2020 and the Cozmo 1800, and I didn't even consider the new Minimed. One difference, both Animas and Cozmo as fully waterproof. They can even be submerged without problems.

In the end I chose the Cozmo because it's got a lot of customization and some nice features that I really like.

You may want to check out some other companies instead of just defaulting to Minimed. I think any pump you choose will be better than the one you're trading in, but there's important differences between the models now on the market.

Kerri,

When I upgrade this spring, I'll be sticking with Minimed as well. The fact that they have an integrated CGMS already is worth it for me, even though I won't buy that part yet. Cozmo and Animas don't have that, so there's no real comparison for me.

Hey There Kerri. I recently talked with a MiniMed Rep at a thing the JDRF was holding. I guess the only two insurance companies that aren't giving too much trouble in regards to the CGMS are Presbyterian and United. Any other insurance and I was told to expect much less than a battle, and be prepared for straight up denial. *sigh*

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