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Starting on a new pump.....

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I've always used a Medtronic insulin pump, and until recently the style of the pump and the menus have not dramatically changed.  Yes, new features have been added and I've learned to use them.  But overall, it still felt like the same familiar pump that I'm comfortable with.  I can do things like quick bolus or clear alarms without even looking at the screen.

That is all about to change!!  I will (hopefully) soon be moving from my 530G pump to the new 670G.  This is the hybrid closed-loop pump so I'm very excited.  And this pump has a whole different look and feel than the pumps I've used.  That's exciting too, but also a little worrisome for me.  I know that I hate change at first, and I always find the learning curve miserable.

So, my question is for those who have switched to significantly different pumps than the ones they were used to - what tips do you have for me?  What got you through as you learned to do everything in a different way?  How did you cope with having to really think about things that you used to be able to mindlessly take care of?
posted Aug 28, 2017 in Conversation by KarenG (16,350 points)

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Here's a link to a post by a respected DOC member who has started on this pump:


answered Sep 10, 2017 by TortieGirl (3,950 points)
Oh thank you, there are a lot of great tips in that post.  Some I was aware of, but many of them were new to me.

I go for training in two days.  The more I read in advance and try to educate myself, the more excited and less nervous I'm getting.  I know there will be a big learning curve.  I know things may get worse for a while before the system really learns me and things get better.  But I also know in the long run it will be so worth it!
answered Sep 11, 2017 by KarenG (16,350 points)