I saw a post about this a while ago, but now I cant find it, so I'll start a new one.. Are pump upgrades really necessary? because I'm eligible for a new one next month but it will be my first chance for an upgrade. Do I really need a new one? Are you supposed to get one when it is possible or is it only if you want one? I really have grown to love my Minimed but I'm nervous that if I keep it too long, it may start getting glitches or something..
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The Minimed sales reps have really been working their list of pump users with expired warranties. I've gotten calls and emails lately warning me that I should upgrade soon. The last email said it would be a "catastrophe" if my pump stopped working and that by getting a new pump now I'd be "proactive instead of reactive."
I read between the lines and also know that I'd help him meet his sales quota for the month. And I've been through the "catastrophe" of my pump dying before. It's a minor inconvenience.
You just have to decide. If you keep your current pump until it dies it will save you money. The down side is that when your pump stops working you'll have to take shots for a day or 2 until the new one arrives.
In my experience my pump usually dies within a year of the warranty expiring. And I usually know when the pump is starting to have problems because it makes a louder noice when rewinding to prime. Not sure if others have experienced that or how they know their pump is about to stop working.
There are a few upgrades on the new pump, mainly that it givesa smaller increment of insulin than my 522 and integrates with the CGM. So I'm keeping my current one as long as possible, but know that I'm taking a chance it could die and cause me a few days of taking shots.
T1 since 1977 Minimed pump since 2002
do you need an upgrade? in my opinion, if you like your current pump - then there's no need to change anything, including the latest greatest or "upgrade" to a new model for the sake of new. If a new or different pump has something you like, that's a different story.
do you really need a new one? in general, yes. Pumps die. the motors burn out, the electronics and sensors get flakey, so I think it's a good idea to get a new pump eventually. I swapped my last one about a year after the warranty expired, just because it felt right and it was before it died on me.
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