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.


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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