Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Our Revel

Nablopomo ~ Day 26

When I sat down to blog for today, I had a post in mind that I was going to write then I realized that today is the 26th. The 26th was Princess pump start day. The 26th will be one of those dates that forever sticks with me, right along with the 1st, and the 10th. Want to know something crazy?  Lovebug was diagnosed on April 1st and her Pump start was on September 10th.  Then Princess was diagnosed on April 10th and had her pump start on May 26th. If I hadn't begged for a different date, Princess pump start would have been on June 1st. (that was the date that was originally scheduled.)  Kinda crazy, huh?  :)

Pump start day was two months ago now. Yikes, has it only been two months??  Goodness, it seems a lot longer then that. Pretty sure the days since Princess was diagnosed have dragged on...good thing it's summer and it's making summer feel longer!

I am getting used to Princess's pump and loving it.  I'm not an expert on it yet, I know there are more tricks to learn, but I am getting the hang of it. The pump continues to amaze me.  It's not because I don't like Lovebug's pump, it's that I am finding there are many features on the Revel that I just like better then on Lovebug's Ping. (that is also the joy of having the girls on two different pumps.  I am getting to know both of them inside and out.

I love the Bolus button, it makes it SO much quicker to bolus and easier for friends and family to operate it since there aren't as many buttons to push.  I think the resevoir set up is a easier too.  I love that there are fewer steps to fill the resevoir, even though it took me a few try's to get used to it and in the process, squirted myself with insulin. (the smell of insulin is really not that pleasant) I like that the resevior has cap similar to a bottle of insulin. It makes it easier to draw insulin into the resevoir and to take it out with a syringe if needed.     I also love that the pump saves the amount of insulin you use to fill the cannula. It's just one small step that makes the whole site change process go quicker.

Of course there is the Square Wave Bolus feature that I talked about here. (that I just LOVE) I also find that changing the battery out is a bit easier too.  You don't have to do a complete rewind and prime with the Revel like you do with the Revel. Although when the battery goes on the Revel, it goes quick.  With the Ping I know I usually have 6-8 hours before I have to change the battery.

We really do love our Revel.  Of course there isn't the remote bolusing like there is with the Ping (which I really love) But I also I feel like I just traded the remote for the integrated CGM.  Which for Princess is perfect.  She is so small I couldn't see her carrying around her pump and CGM reciever.  Way to much for my little pumping Princess.

There are a few things I don't like about the CGM but I will save a comparison of the DexCom and Guardian for another post.  Don't want to do a information overload on you! :) Needless to say, we are very happy with our little Revel.

6 comments:

Wendy said...

Enjoy your Revel :)

One of the things I loved about Cozmo was the pre-populated dose -- so the pump calculated and that dose popped up for delivery.

Ultimately MM sued Cozmo over that feature (which is why Animas doesn't have it) and that lead to the end of Cozmo. I was pretty upset when we had to bid Coz farewell (and will blame MM until the day I die), but I must admit that we love our Ping :)

Reyna said...

So happy that you are loving the MM. I am a Ping girl like Wendy...but you are totally right...changing the battery is a pain!

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are loving the Revel. We don't have anything to compare to but everything seems so easy. And very easy to talk someone over the phone on how to give a bolus. The remote would be nice but I really like to see the insulin ticking in on the pump and Brianna is learning to do all the button pushing herself. Since we never had it we can't miss it LOL :) We also love the CGM and pump combo. That too sold us on the Revel. I am interested in reading what you think about the CGM we love it!!
Kelly Harp

Valerie said...

Glad you are loving the Revel (that's what I have)! Interesting about the battery...when I get a battery warning, I can go for at least 2 days without changing it. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the CGMs!

Lora said...

I bow to your greatness for bein able to keep those straight. Glad your lovin it :)

Julie L said...

Thanks for your post. It reassures me. My t1 daughter starts on her Revel tomorrow so it was perfet timing :)

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