I can’t stand my Minimed.

I wish I had gotten the Animas Ping. I completely have pump envy. Not only does the Minimed’s backlight not stay on, but you have to press a button to make it come on. In the dark. Button pressing. Button pressing in the dark. I have literally almost bolused myself trying to get the backlight to come on. Because if the pump is not at the home/time screen, the backlight will not come on. And if it isn’t at that menu and you press the down button, you are at the basal menu. And if you press it again, it just runs through menus- without ever turning the light on. I can’t stand this. And anyone that I talk to about a pump or is in the process of a pump will hear this negative feedback. Again, I can’t stand my Minimed. Ugh.Image DetailImage Detail

 

 

Just a slow summer…

So far, I haven’t accomplished much this summer- other than soaking up air condition. We went to the beach, but other than that, we have stayed low key. My blood sugars have been up and down, while my son’s have been rather unpredictable. Anywhere from 70 to around 180 at any given time of day or meal. We have an appointment soon to see if it is time for a Peds Endo to step in. As of right now, he is 122… 5 hours after dinner. Not sure where this is going, but is seriously isn’t looking good.

What does this mean?!?!

Recently, when checking my blood sugar for the millionth time, my five year old asked to check his.  This happens on occasion- I am sure from his perspective, it’s something that is way cool that is off limits. (NOT cool…at all, by the way.) So, after sticking his pretty little tiny finger, my mouth hit the floor…204.  What?!?!?! My pump starts beeping for a bolus (thank you, one touch pump link) and I try to figure out WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON.  So, first thing that I do is abruptly check it again- 199.  And then I move on to my daughter, just to ease my mind- she checks in at a beautiful 83.  And I guess because I am a sugar checking queen, I move on to hubby- who beeps in at an 80.  All night, I am freaking out.  And we are at our primary care physician’s office at 8:30 the next morning.  I am NOT messing around.  Blood sugar was 147 after some juice, which dropped to 62 within an hour. (WHAT?!) I don’t know what’s going on.This was 5 days ago and I still have no answers.  We were told to check his blood sugar fasting and again once each evening and call back with these numbers.  This morning, I relayed those numbers to the office nurse, who never called back😦   Fasting blood sugars were all under 100, but he had a few spikes in the evenings that ranged from 80-170.  What does this mean?!?!  I’m totally beside myself at this point.

I’m baAAaack!

Oops- seriously, how do 2 months just fly by?!  Well, it did. And now I’m back.  And hopefully, more regularly🙂  Lately, I became so disgusted with having a pump that I completely gave up on my CGM for about 2 weeks and then proceeded in living without a pump for about 30 hours.  Needless to say, the experiment taught me that, yes, I am still diabetic.  I was so scared to eat anything- and realized that I rely with all of my heart (and sugar) on the mathematical genius of my minimed.  Oh, whoa is me that I have lost all recollection of carb:insulin/active insulin/bolus algebra.  but, I have a whole new appreciation for my pump and that in and of itself is a successful experiment.  :)

And it all flew out the window...........My minimed saves me once again🙂

Oh boy…MOTOR ERR

Yes, I received a dreaded MOTOR ERR not once, but twice this week.  After calling Medtronic and speaking with a very personable assistant at 3:00 in the morning, I have a replacement pump on the way.  Together, we could not find a reason why the pump gave this error.  After rewinding, going through reservoir setup, rewinding AGAIN, doing a selftest, and finally listing my alarm history, Mr. Minimed decided to send out a replacement and will be looking for this lemon pump to be returned within 3 days of receiving the new pump.  Until then, I was advised to use my backup form of insulin management (aka injections) until the newbie arrives.  This should be an interesting few days… I already feel archaic.  And I’m gonna have a sore tummy😦

I just want to clean my house!

Just wanted to clean the house- and all I hear is beep Beep BEEP!!! Bg= 65.  And dropping.  Really?!  Can I just pick up after my messy family and move on?! Good grief!

so, does diabetes effect your driving?

I recently purchased a new car- and when I went to file the car on our auto insurance, I was informed that my license had been canceled. TWO. YEARS. AGO. What the…? Ok, so the problem was that I had missed the deadline for one of the medical checkups that the state requires.  This entails a physical and my PCP to fill out a 5 page document saying “yes, she can drive.”  Then, these documents must be mailed to the state office and filed. And THEN my license will renew.  Now, normal people (aka those WITHOUT diabetes) can walk into their local motor vehicle office, take a sign test, and congrats: you have renewed your license.  This is just another complication of diabetes.  Sure, we all know about circulation, kidneys, eyes, etc.  But, no one warns you about things like, oh, renewing your license, lows when cleaning your house, or dealing with you health insurance.  Speaking of insurance, has anyone had any issues concerning automobile insurance not wanting to cover you or requiring high premiums because of diabetes?  I haven’t had an issue with this yet- and I don’t know if there is really a need to worry- but it is definitely something to research!  I do have to say, our insurance policy was all started online and I don’t remember anything medical associated with the application.  I’ll research it a little more and get back with you! If anybody has any other info to add, just leave a comment!

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