I love Insulin Pumps. Insulin pumps make managing diabetes easier for me and my kids. We didn’t wait longer than was required by insurance to get insulin pumps for our kids. Sugarboy has been using an Animas pump since August of 2007 with no interruptions. Sweetstuff began pumping in August of 09 but took a short pump hiatus in the spring of 2012 before realizing managing her diabetes was easier with the pump – despite the fact that it didn’t look fantastic with skinny jeans.
Thus I have been a pump master for nearly 2000 days, which would equal roughly 666 infusion set and cartridge changes just for Sugarboy and another 400 for Sweetstuff – give or take the occasional 4 day site or lost site or questionable insulin cartridge.
With all this in mind – I would not expect my daughter to come into my room at 3:17am to tell me her pump won’t shut-up because she is out of insulin. I had just fallen back to sleep from a 2am blood sugar check. Alas – she hands me her pump and returns to her bed while I stubble downstairs to fill a pump reservoir. Trudge back upstairs and reconnect her pump while she slumbers away already fast asleep. (sleeping on her infusion set site BTW – which requires me to twist her around and fish around for her site – she slept through it all)
Did I say I would not expect it to happen? What I meant was it happens all too frequently with my dear daughter. Her pump is set to alert her to low cartridge at 20 units left. How often does she ignore this alert – too often.
Thus – Dear Animas, Would you consider in future pumps to include an option for low cartridge alert, very low cartridge alert, and a you’re gonna be in trouble with your mom alert.
Just an idea.