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Posted: Apr 9, 2010


Well, finally Abbott has come out of the dark to acknowledge what many Navigator customers have been complaining about over the past few months.  They can't get either the receivers (or transmitters) to their clients who use this system.  Zing - ouch!!!

To read more of their announcement they made today - go to the link that follows - http://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/adc_dotcom/...

I'm bringing this up in my blog today because Kelly Booth who is a PWD (person with diabetes) friend of mine that uses the Navigator.  She told me she was having some problems with receiving her order she had placed.  It appears that Abbott had stopped shipping Navigators (she wrote to me back in mid-March) and she had  not received any in the past 8 weeks!  She needs to use a CGMS due to suffering from many low BG's (she's not blessed like I am, where I am able to recognise when my blood glucose is doing down).  On top of all of this, I was hearing thru' the PWD grapevine that Abbott flunked an FDA (AKA GMP) audit.  Whether this was true or not, it's still scary that those PWD's (people with diabetes) are in this predicament.

 

 
In the meantime, she gave the Dexcom 7 a run for a week (she told me she tried to hide from the rep when he came to take it back). There are many features of the Navigator she says she likes better (e.g. range is further on the Navigator, e.g. 10 feet when you go away from the remote).  The Dex 7 has a range of 5' 1" (her words are "bang, you're disconnected").  It is just as accurate and she actually likes the alarms better on the Dex 7.  She's even now thinking of perhaps going on a pump next as well, and the Dex 7 is supposed to be linked with Animas this fall.

Anyone out there reading this, if you are using the Navigator - how have you been coping with not getting your orders filled?  Have you gone the root that Kelly has done in contacting her Attorney General's website to file a complaint (she had requested a refund of $7,165.00)?

NB
:  I thought I'd pop this in - because I use the Freestyle Lite blood glucose monitor - Abbbot has made a statement saying  "  No other Abbott Diabetes Care or FreeStyle® products are affected by this situation. 
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Posted: Dec 16, 2009

Winter WonderlandI've got Baby It's Cold Out There  - a classic -  playing in the background as I type this out to you.  If you want the full effect of my scribbles below, click on the link, and enjoy the soothing voice of Dean Martin.

We're not getting the cold temperatures that Alberta is getting at present (-37C / -35F tonight for some of them - brrhhhh), but here in Montreal we are having unusually cooler temperatures then we usually do that this time of the year.  Usually February is when we hit the deep freeze of temperatures like this.  Anyone want to buy an island property in the sunny Caribbean with me?

Joking aside, all I know is that tonight, by accident, I left my blood monitor (I use the Freestyle Lite) in the side pocket of my little Smart when I went to see the movie 2012 (excellent movie - despite the critics reviews).  When I came outside a few hours later, to make sure I had bolused for the right amount of insulin for the nutritious dinner of "popcorn" - duh - meter not functioning!  This has happened to me once before, last year, and you would think I wouldn't do the same thing again! Scream!! At least I remembered what I did last time this happened to me, stuck the little monitor inside of my pants (plush tummy area <lol>).   Yuppers, that was the warmest place on me at the time as the theatre for some reason was cold. I was huddled with my down filled jacket on top of me, after pigging out on the popcorn of course!

Fifteen minutes later, the monitor was up and running again, but I seriously have to start bringing a handbag with me (I am not a lover of those things as some of you know),  to bring my medical supplies with me, even if it's for a few hours.  I must learn to be a real woman!

I know one thing I have to look into getting, is another blood monitor, as I only have the one.  That scares me sometimes that my current monitor may go on the fritz, at a time when I can't dash out to purchase another one.  Note to self - talk to the pharmacist  this week to see how to obtain another one, hopefully for free, since I go thru' an average of 10 strips a day ($1 / strip). I should own stock in Johnson and Johnson!

So, take care and stay warm everyone!  Winter is almost here, it starts officially December 21st!!! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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