New insulin pump!

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Yesterday, I got a great package in the mail, my new insulin pump!  I have upgraded to the Minimed 530G with Enlite sensor.  My new pump has arrived!

It’s not a drastic change because I’ve always been with Minimed and I have been using their CGM as well.  But, I’ve heard that the 530G’s Enlite sensor is much more reliable so I am excited to give it a try.  My old Minimed sensor would always be off by at least 30-40 mg/dls which was quite annoying.  If my BG was 60, it would say I was 100 and not alert me to a low at all.  Or if I was 100, it would say I was 60 and my alert would go off all night long.  I’m looking forward to having  more reliable sensor.New pump :)

I’m not quite sure what I think about the Threshold/Suspend feature yet but I guess I have some time to get used to it.

I do have one big question with the new pump though.  What do I do with all of my old sensors?!  I was able to get a little bit of a stockpile because I didn’t use my CGM at first (I hated it at first, but now I can’t live without it).  The sensors are EXPENSIVE so I hate to throw away all of that money.  Has anyone else upgraded their pump and if so, what did you do with the old sensors?  I’m tempted to still use my old sensor but I really want the more reliable one.

*Update* I called Minimed and they won’t take back my sensors that haven’t expired because it’s been more then 60 days (but not by much). I spent $650 on those sensors so basically I’m throwing away $1300+ on old sensors :(.  Not too happy with that at all…guess I’ll still use the old sensor for a while if it still links to the new pump.

Lots of unused sensors

I’ll do a post in a few weeks on how I’m liking the new pump so be on the lookout for that, and yes I did get the pink pump :).

9 thoughts on “New insulin pump!

  1. Don’t know what to tell you about the old sensors. I know they typically had pretty quick expiration dates from the time we receive them to begin with. I’m sure there are places to go…check with your endo maybe?

    Good luck with the new sensor. Overall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with it, though I have had some issues. Just resist the temptation to over-calibrate; that tends to mess things up. I think (from experience, not from any information anyone told me) that the relevance of a calibration is based on time, not on the number of calibrations since that one, so a bunch of calibrations in a short time just tends to confuse things.

    I hope it works well for you!

    • Oh good to know. I calibrate pretty often so maybe that’s been one of my issues with the old sensors.

      Thanks! 🙂

  2. I hope you find more reliability in your new d-system and am looking forward to reading about how it’s all going! I’m still overwhelmed with the whole idea of pumps & CGM’s. Why did you decide to stay with Medtronic? If the sensor wasn’t too reliable were there any others you looked into? Just curious! Happy running to you 😀

    • The main reason I stayed with Medtronic was because my insulin pump in Medtronic and I like having only one device. Plus Dexcom doesn’t work with Macs. I’ve stuck with Minimed for a long time and there are reasons I like their pump over others so for the time being, I’m sticking with them. I have heard the new enlite sensors are much more reliable so I can’t wait to find out!

      And don’t be overwhelmed by pumps and CGMs…they are seriously the BEST thing. The start of using the CGM was rough but now I can’t live without it…even if it’s not the most reliable at times.

  3. Happy about your new system! Since my pump’s warranty has expired (Minimed), I’ll be very interested in that post on how things are going.

    I know it sucks not being able to return the old sensors… but if they don’t work that great anyway, I’m not sure I would want someone else to have them either. So even though you spent a lot of money (these things are TOO expensive), you also took a fair amount of possibly substandard sensors out of the market. Hope that helps.

  4. I have not used a pump before. BUT, mine is in the mail (I think!) Doc ordered a Purple 530g with sensors for me. Should be an interesting ride.

    I was wavering between T-slim with Dexcom, and the Medtronic combo. In the end I chose Medtonic.

    Congrats on your new pink pump.

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