Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

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Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm insulin pump.

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Comment by Samantha RIley on March 29, 2012 at 8:33am

Hello all!

I just got my CGM minilink hooked up yesterday morning. I was a little terrified because most people say it is painful. My pump trainer said she agreed. When I inserted I didn't really even feel it. I know my adrenaline wa pumping bc I was anticipating something awful. Do you guys think I just got lucky and missed a nerve? It did bleed some but no pain. I barely even feel it now. Do you guys find it is hit or miss with the pain?
All that being said - this thing is freakin coool!! I'm going to have to adjust the settings as I go bc it alerts like crazy. But I am thrilled to have it!!!!~

Comment by Gary on March 28, 2012 at 3:01pm

Thanks everyone for you input, I'll eventually get the hang of it. (big grin here)

Comment by Denys on March 28, 2012 at 11:16am

As for me I use alcohol for sensors anytime, no anticeptics at all.

Comment by Keef on March 28, 2012 at 10:18am

Comment by Keef on March 28, 2012 at 10:16am

I use alcohol swabs or IV preps, whatever comes out of my Diabetic bag first, the only time I get this message is when the Pump and the Sensor are not close eneough to send/receive signals. Medtronic will always tell you to connect to your stomach, the Sensor testing and subsequent FDA approval was completed using this part of the body only. I still find a better connection going to my thigh, with the pump in a pocket practically next to it.

Comment by wallskev on March 28, 2012 at 9:55am

I use Alchol Preps for the Sensors and IV Prep for the Infusion Site

Comment by Dani on March 28, 2012 at 6:36am

I was told any kind of IV prep is a problem. I only use alcohol.

Comment by Gary on March 28, 2012 at 5:24am

CGM Problems? Last night my pump gave me the error message lost sensor. That was a new message for me so I called Medtronic. They suggested I should insert sensor in my abdomen only. So I inserted another sensor in my abdomen and three hours later I got the lost sensor message again. Called Medtronic again, went through their checklist, ISIG readings etc. then they asked what kind of antiseptic I was using before inserting the sensor. I was using Smith-Nephew Sking Prep. They told me this anitseptic might be the problem...??? Any ideas on this one?

Comment by Gary on March 20, 2012 at 3:51pm

Thank you all for your input, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one having this problem.

Comment by Scott E on March 20, 2012 at 3:24pm

I'll agree with the other comments, but also add that I think "Weak sensor" (as I've seen,I think, not "signal") can be due to a poorly inserted sensor. It doesn't make much sense to me, but until I got the hang of inserting them properly, I got those alerts all the time.

I guess if your insertion is "marginal", sometimes the sensor will have something to send to the pump, and sometimes it doesn't. When the pump doesn't get any info, it wrongly thinks it's because of the radio link. Just my theory...

 

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