Update 1/11/2013: If you are reading this for the first time, please also read my January 11, 2013 post, in which I express a change-of-heart on many of the sentiments expressed here.
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Have you heard? There’s a slick new gadget in town — an insulin pump called the t:slim. It’s all the rage these days, and it seems all the cool kids are getting one. But my thirty-eight-year old bald-headed, glasses-wearing self is anything but cool. (Actually, glasses and insulin pumps really are cool, just not on me). I don’t plan on getting one. In case you’ve been living under a rock lately, let me explain what the t:slim is. It’s the newest addition to the insulin pump market. They’ve shattered the mold when it comes to insulin pumps, and re-cast it into something sleek and shiny,resembling a touch-screen cell phone. It’s flat and has a large, vibrant color touch-screen. One look, and anybody would instantly be WOW’ed by it. I sure was.
(Worth noting: I’ve never actually held, or even seen it. I’ve read about it and looked at pictures and videos of it, but that’s all. Allison put together a great video recap on DiabetesMine of the new pump, which was quite influential in what you’re about to read here. So while you may think this makes my review meaningless, I like to think it is objective – and not seduced by the t:slim’s irrefutable sexiness.)
As you probably know, I’ve been using Medtronic pumps for years. The MedT is the complete opposite of sexy. It’s boxy, has five ginormous buttons, and a tiny lo-res black-and-white LCD display. It resembles a pager. Pagers were sexy in 1984, but not today. Sadly, many sexy people also lose that appeal after twenty-eight years, but at the same time, we learn to value compatibility, intuition, and it’s-nice-having-you-around qualities over the pure carnal qualities. I’m getting waaaay off track here, but you see where I’m going.