It was scheduled to arrive on my birthday last Friday, but my new Animas Vibe actually arrived a day early. I was a bit distracted during the last few hours of work, waiting to update all my settings and start using the pump. I could have switched over the moment it arrived, but I felt like I needed to start with new insulin, a new cartridge, new infusion set, new battery, new everything.
Once I got home, I downloaded the Ping into Diasend to preserve all the BG and dosage history. I got everything transferred over into the new pump, filled it with insulin, and put a new infusion site in. At that point, I should have put the old pump in the shipping box but it was about 30-45 minutes later that I realized I was still delivering insulin with two pumps.
It’s been about four days now so I am still discovering things about the new system. For example, there is a new item in the EZcarb menu that wasn’t there before (“actual” under the carb total) that I actually had to get the manual out to make sure I understood. The one trouble spot in the set up was that I thought the CGM part was not working, but
if I had read the manual closer I would have noticed it said it takes about 10-15 minutes to establish the connection.
I’ve got a few friends using Animas Ping pumps who are (for various reasons) waiting for their own Vibes, so the next thing I did was text a few videos of my favorite features. What’s the point of the joy over a new pump if I can’t share it?! I’ve also sent video messages when I change my lancet so it’s not as weird as it sounds.
If you can’t see the video above, click here.
A few other items of note:
I’ve now done the initial cartridge fill and a second cartridge. They were both about 10 units smaller than on the Ping. I can’t really figure out a reason for that.
The CGM on the Vibe seems to be running slightly lower than my separate receiver using the updated 505 software. The directional arrows are consistent though so it is helpful for anticipating treatment decisions. My wrists have been acting up with a little carpel tunnel (hasn’t been this bad since undergrad and that was over a decade ago!) so I’ve been taking a break from my Pebble watch while I’m at home and using the Vibe display for back-up BG viewing.