I have to say, I didn’t like the IDEA of having a pump and CGM to worry about.
I got the Medtronic pump with integrated CGM and have not looked back.
It used to be a hassle to get out insulin, syringe, needles, alcohol wipes… etc at a restaurant. Check sugar, draw up insulin, inject, dispose of needles, syringes, strips, waste from prep pads. People were half done eating before I was ready to start.
Now, if my meter is running “right on” I enter carbs and deliver dose. Takes a few secs, no one watching me like I am a drug addict, No waste to dispose of.
If any questions about meter reading, quick finger stick and deliver dose. Takes 30 secs. People ask what the pump is, I show them and everyone say how cool that is.
You will be able so see trends so know you are going low before you do. You can see if you under or over estimated carbs for a meal, and correct with carb snack or lower basal rate for a bit. You are not stuck with the lantus you administered this morning chugging on through an impending low.
So many benefits, so little downside.
Many people get a little frustrated with their pumps or CGM at some point, and revert to injections, but almost all shortly recognize that was a mistake and go back to pump and CGM.
The new Medtronic pump rivals accuracy of Dexcom. At this point Dexcom is only CGM, and you can use another brand pump with it.
Not sure if Animas will integrate with Dexcom in the future. J&J announced Animas pumps discontinued as of October 5 this year, and no future plans to roll out what they had in development. Other option is Tandem T-slim. It is more modern looking, and style. Tandem, too has some of its own problems, specifically they are still loosing money on each unit they sell.
This leaves only Dexcom with Medtronic pump or Omnipod, or Medtronic pump with integrated CGM. Or Tandem if you are wagering on their survival.
I am due for a new pump in spring, may go with the new Medtronic 670G. It auto adjusts basal delivery based on glucose readings to head off lows and highs. It is the most sound device and is gaining market share.
Dexcom long touted as the most accurate CGM sensor, has been given a run by the new Medtronic sensor which by most accounts is equal to or better than current Dexcom G5,
Hope this helps,