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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Mar 15, 2009 12:15

    Early Sunday morning, 12:15 to be exact - my Animas insulin pump started to alarm.  I figured it was due to my insulin reservoir being low since I was due to change my infusion set the next day.  I pressed the OK button without looking at the screen - and then two more times it alarmed.  On the third alarm I thought it was abit unusual - so this time I checked the screen before pressing the OK button.  Low and behold - a message on the screen I'd never witnessed before - "ALARM CALL SERVICE NO DELIVERY 064-0008 - Remove battery to silence the alarm".  Off I went to grab my manual and figure out what the heck to do! 

    The first thing I did was remove the battery - just to silence the darn alarm - and of course - I am  now finding out that I am being blessed by the Hypo Fairy who also wants to join in on the party.  I had tried a Combo bolus for dinner that night for a pasta dish I'd made. Well, it did such a good job - I stayed a constant 4.5 (81) no spiking like I usually do.  Obviously I still had insulin on board (IOB) that was working.  So, between figuring out the alarm - testing my BG which was now at 2.8 (50) - I was having a real "fun" time.  Meanwhile, Mike is trying to help me - and as some of you may know - with a hypo - we're not always the most pleasant people to be around (at least I'm nonviolent - some friends I know get violent).  I managed to get him to pour me some OJ - and then told him to let me be - and off he went.  Sigh, I'm one stubborn gal aren't I?

    In the end, I got the pump up and running again - installed the battery into the pump.  I tried calling up Animas at that point (actually tried 2 more times due to brain functioning abit slow with hypo) - but have learned that they do not have a 24/7 Emergency Hotline (they are open Monday to Friday). 

    So, I will be calling up Animas tomorrow - since the error code I got according to my manual indicates that there is either a hardware or software problem detected (the code that showed on my screen is not the same code as shown in the manual - so it's abit puzzling).  I'm not too worried about my pump at the moment - as it seems to be working fine. I was prepared when this all happened that I would just inject with insulin until I spoke to someone at Animas, at least I have experience in that.  Some newly diagnosed diabetics that go straight onto a pump don't have the advantage of knowing how to handle their diabetes with multiple injections and different insulins!  Scary stuff - personally if I was their doctor - I would have my patient learn the injection method for at least a year - before even having them switch to an insulin pump - but that's just my opinion.

    Note to self - if I had stayed with Medtronic - would they have been the same - not being open on the weekend for emergency calls?

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Mar, 19, 2009 17:01 PM

    Doris - am not trying to sell you on a pump - please do not take it that way.  MDI / insulin pump / exercise / pills - whatever works for an individual - makes me smile!!!!

    Did you get a picture of the "POD"???  How did it go at the ADA booth on Saturday - did you win many people over to come to the "dark side" aka Diabetes1.org?

    By: dorisjdickson: Mar, 19, 2009 13:44 PM

    Hi Anna,

    I'm afraid you're not making pumps look any better in my eyes.  Syringes don't fail. 

    On the other hand, I "met" a sample POD at the Expo.  If those break you throw them out.  Sort of like disposable contact lenses only with an expensive PDM that you do not throw out.

    They are the size of 1/2 a small egg. 

    Doris J. Dickson

    By: JWD: Mar, 16, 2009 13:34 PM

    Yes Anna, it does make sense.  I too have been diabetic since early childhood.  At age 5 I became a diabetic but no one was aware that I was really seriously ill.  It was not until age 7, after spending a month in the local hospital, that I was finally given a diagnosis of T-1 Diabetic.  My parents were thankful that it wasn't cancer and everyone knew so little about diabetes, that it was considered no big deal by my family, just a hassle to be dealt with and endured.  Keep the rubber side down and Happy Trails, jwd

    By: FatCatAnna: Mar, 15, 2009 22:51 PM

    Hey JWD - you know - for me - I don't know of any other way of living - diabetes has pretty well always been my life since the age of 6.  I guess I have really never thought about it that seriously - until I started blogging here at Diabetes1!  I just did what I had to do - whether it be MDI or pumping - or whatever made me tick.  Does that make sense to you?

    By: JWD: Mar, 15, 2009 17:22 PM

    One comment I make about the insulin pump is that when it's good, it's very, very good.  But, when it's bad, it is beyond bad.  In a way, this goes back to my mantra, "I do not need another delivery method, I need a cure!"  I suppose one could look for the gift given as a result of daily/hourly mianipulations we make to manage our disease.  For example;  look how good we are at problem solving or perhaps look at our empathy skills. But I often wonder what kind of people we would be without the need to work so hard and so long to live a "normal" life.  Happy Trails and keep that sense of humor.  jwd

    IOB (1) insulin pump (1) blood sugar (1) hypo (1) Lantus (1) Medtronic (1) Animas (1)

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