I know at some point, I’ll need to replace Lucy. I was poking around Animas’ website, and they have a GREAT demo of their pump. I played with it a bit, trying to see how the things I do with Lucy would translate to the Animas.
One thing I noticed overall, is that there are WAY fewer customization options. For example, when I want to do a meal bolus based on carbs, I can customize the scrolling amount (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15). However, I didn’t see that option on the Animas. There are a lot of other things I didn’t see, which kind of surprised me.
The major thing I found, though, is with the meal bolus itself. I entered my carbs, entered my blood sugar, and it gave me a suggested amount (based on carbs, BS, IOB, etc). HOWEVER, the amount to deliver defaults to ZERO, NOT the amount suggested. In fact, the default button is the “Go” button. If one were just to hit “OK” through all the prompts after entering your info, you would in fact deliver NO insulin for your meal. This seems like a bad idea. I would hate to take the time for every single bolus to scroll up to the suggested amount. Is there a setting somewhere to change that? I couldn’t seem to find it.
Relatedly, after you hit Go to deliver, it shows that your insulin is delivering and you hit any button to cancel. Are you just supposed to sit there and wait for your bolus to finish delivering before touching anything else with your pump? What happens if you accidentally press buttons? All this seems like a sure recipe for accidental highs.
I am also frustrated with the interface for changing inuslin/carb ratios, correction factor, etc. Each segment has its own screen, so it’s hard to see the big picture.
Anyway, I’m sure people who use the Animas all the time have a better idea of how to use their pump. But for now, it looks like I’m sticking with my Cozmo.