Starting new pump


(Kathryn M.) #1

Hey there!

I’m starting on my new Tandem 4 insulin pump in two to three weeks and wanted advice. While I’m starting on a new pump, I’m also getting the Dexcom G6 and just wanted people’s opinions. What should I watch out for? Are there any things that are really bad about either one? I haven’t been on a CGM before so it’s all new to me :slight_smile:


(Dennis J. Dacey, PwD) #2

Hi Katheryn @hamilton_crazi , happy sailing with your new management system. A bit of advice, although your new pump and sensors will be interactive and the wonderful new software / operating systems have great potential, you will need to still stay aware of “matters diabetes”. Please do not rush and think the “Basal-IQ” and that other new software is going to jump in and just run - it is not “plug 'n play”.

I suggest that during your weeks of waiting that you obtain [download] the operating manuals for both your DexCom and your Tandem tools - read the prologues/introductions and the complete manuals rather than just reading the “quick-start”. There is also an Android app - maybe other apps too - for the Tandem pump which is pretty good for getting a hands-on feel before you get the new pump. Be sure and also download the Dexcom clarity software - I have found the tools in this to be really awesome; studying my Clarity has told me more about how my body reacts to foods and insulin than I had learned in the prior 60+ years living with diabetes.

I’m looking forward to hearing how your new tools work for you.


(Kathryn M.) #3

Hey Dennis!
Thank you for your reply!
This is actually really going to help me, as I hadn’t thought of doing that haha

Thanks again!!


(J) #4

Thanks, Dennis. I just started on the Dexcom cgm and the Tandem pump. It is slower going than I thought. I am eating pretty much of the same foods to try and make sense of the results. Any ideas on what to use to carry the receiver, pump, and my cell phone? I don’t have pockets and would like to keep it on one side of my body. I can still be confused by which device is alarming me. How long do you have to wake up at night to make sure you are in range? Do you have a backup long and short-acting insulin pens, or is there a way around this?
I appreciate any advice. Thanks.


(Dennis J. Dacey, PwD) #5

Jane @W7tzn1Ck83e, I’m happy to hear of your integration of the CGM and pump - Tandem will be my next pump as soon as Medicare approves my change from the old “out of warranty” pump I have on now. As for managing your “equipment” be creative and look around the camera department of some large stores - my wife found me a compact case that carries my stuff including a granola bar and PB crackers.

Also, when speaking at a Dexcom representative at a TypeOne meeting, I was given a belt that clips around my waist that has a zipper pocket into which I can put my pump and the Dexcom receiver. In the past for my pump - used especially during a few surgeries, I have used a fabric, Velcro, belt for my pump - bought it at the Medtronic on-line store.


(J) #6

Thanks, Dennis! That’s very helpful. Good luck getting the new pump!