Hi, fellow type-1's,
I've been a pump wearer for years. When the Cozmo got discontinued, I swapped it for a Paradigm, in order to start with a CGM. At the point I got the Paradigm, I had decided to take a break from the pump, which I had been using for several years, and was use multiple daily injections. I was tired of being hooked up to something.
Anyway, so when I intially started using the Paradigm, I was essentially using it as a Guardian--not using the insulin pump part, just the CGM part. -Which I am still trying to do......
I've had many problems with this....which I don't totally understand. I got repeated "lost sensor" alarms, and there was some problem with the pump piston; I had to set the pump basal to zero, since I didn't want insulin, and this may have confused the system...for example, the "rewind and prime" part of the process doesn't apply if you are only using the CGM part and not the pump part.
Then there was confusion about whether to leave the battery in or out during the breaks between using it.
I've had brief periods of the CGM working fine--but whenever I take a break from the CGM, of a week or two--that's when the system seems to mess up. I've now sent the Paradigm back 3 times for replacements, once the tech people run through everything on the phone and then tell me to send it back. I don't want to use the CGM 24/7--I'd like to use it for 4-5 days perhaps every other week--and I don't know if the problems are related to this, or if I'm just getting bad Paradigm systems??.
Anyway, as I type this, I have been on hold with Medtonic for 45 minutes....and would like suggestions from other users who also use their CGMs every few weeks, not continuously. I'm starting to get very frustrated, even though, when I do finally reach the tech people, they are very helpful and thorough.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.......still on hold.....