I mentioned elsewhere that my family has used their deductible for the year for the first time ever. I have an appointment with an endo in a month (my last endo retired and I’ve been going without for the last few years). My previous endo was my primary care also, and really wasn’t involved in my diabetes management, other than writing prescriptions. (He never looked at my meter results for example). A nice guy, but whatever I learned about diabetes I learned on my own or from books (and more recently from the internet, thank you!)
This time I’ll be going to Joslin, with a newly minted endo, so I suspect he will have much more advice for management, and will probably promote a CGM and or pump. I’ve had T1 for 43 years and have considered a pump/CGM many times in the past, but decided to wait until there was a decent Open-loop APS before pulling the trigger. I like the freedom and simplicity of injections and BG tests without requiring attached technology. But it sounds like the Tandem/Dexcom or OpenAPS/Dexcom solutions may be worth pulling the trigger for. From what I’ve read the Dexcom and Tandem are a good match with current technology. In the future I may decide to go with OpenAPS using an old Minimed pump. I will be paying 10% of whatever I get this year, so doing it now makes sense if it can be done.
I apologize in advance for asking here what I could probably find by reading a bunch of posts. But because the tech is always changing, and new versions coming out, I hope its OK if I ask here for the latest summary.
First question - would the cannula, etc. from a Tandem be usable with an old Minimed pump?
Second - has anyone compared the Tandem/Dexcom to OpenAPS and have any advice? I write software for a living and got OpenAPS running on a Pi as an experiment a couple years ago, and think it is even easier now, so I am not intimidated by the technology.
Third - I think I read that the Tandem/Dexcom combination requires the G6? I’ve seen some complaints about the G6 - is there any reason to consider getting a G5 instead?
Fourth - is either the Tandem/Dexcom or OpenAPS usable without being constantly connected to Xdrip or whatever? I don’t like the idea of being wifi connected all the time.
Fifth - is it even realistic to think I could get all this in place before the end of the year? I would plan to contact the pump and CGM companies to start the ball rolling so the paperwork would be ready when I see the endo, assuming that is feasible.
Anything I’ve completely missed?