That is the question! When you disconnect your tubing from your site, for whatever reason, do you suspend the pump or not? I used to suspend, but then I read that some people don't suspend. They want to keep the basal going so as not to have an interruption problem with the insulin flow, or something like that. I've also read (and experienced) that it is easy to forget to Resume pumping when you reconnect. What do you do?
That is EXCELLENT advice Korrie. It also works with "super-bolusing", so the pump starts up again on-cue when you want.
Thats a very good question. Even I wondered, is it necessary to suspend the pump for a shower or for some other actvities. Like Ahmad suggested its not much waste of insulin.
The only reason I can think of is, if you check your BG and it is high after resuming insulin and you have to give a bolus, your endo will not know that you were disconnected for some period of time and that migh tbe the reason for your high BG.
I suspend When i shower or if i am to rough working and pull the infusion out. and cant get a new one in till i get home.I have not forgoten yet to resume the pump if I had the 723 reminds me it is suspended. all though the beebs are not to loud ( the only thing I dont like about the 723, cant adjust the volume)
I suspend when I shower plus I put the little cap on the end of the tubing. Not sure if it is absolutely necessary to suspend, but that is what my pump trainer told me way back when :)
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Thank you for weighing in on the Suspend or Not question. I have learned so much. I had a pump support group in MT when I got my pump, and now I'm without real live in person pumping friends to query.
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Hi Cindy, I hate to admit it, but I have two reasons to belong to Tu: 1) the exchange of information and 2) to be entertained!
My daughter is on a pump and we do not suspend. If she is unhooked for a bath, I do a fixed prime once she hooks back up. This gives her .3 units without counting it towards her active insulin (since the pump thinks she was receiving this all along). This is just to replace the insulin she did not get during her bath.
I really like that idea! .3 units for good measure is kind of benign, but makes you feel like it is a bit of a make-up.
For my daughter, .3 is how much basal she would get for 1/2 hour (which is about the amount of time for her bath). You can change the fixed prime amount for these instances to match your basal (with the Metronic Paradigm allows you to just use the up and down arrow to adjust), but you just have to be sure to change it back for a site change because it will remember the amount that you last used.
I Suspend when I take a shower. I also forget to resume. My MM pump does alarm, but the noise and buzzing is a little too muted for my liking and sometimes it's over an hour or so later when I finally remember to Resume. I also forget to close the garage door when I leave the house, leave boiling eggs on the hob for hours on end and have forgotten where I parked my car more time than I can remember.......Maybe I shouldn't Suspend anymore :-)
I never use the suspend option on my pump.