Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users


Minimed Paradigm Insulin Pump Users

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

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Comment by Sophie on December 8, 2009 at 5:15pm
christie, I think if the pain gets really bad, you should change it -- as in, if you can feel the pain whether or not you're touching the site. Since you changed the site yesterday you still have gotten at least one day out of it!!
Comment by Type1 on December 8, 2009 at 5:10pm
I realize conditions vary considerably, but in 26 years of sticking myself with syringes and infustion sets, I have never had an infection. I put teatree oil on each area after removing a infusion set or a sensor. I am grateful I am not allergic like some are.
I most certainly have had those painful sites. I get to see the orange-blue-yellow-purple discoloration at the site afterwards.

Good luck all - we gotta keep moving forward:)
Comment by christie on December 8, 2009 at 5:01pm
Sophie, thank you so much for you help. I think that I am just going to stick it out. I really hate wasting supplies. I just do not want to get an infection or anything.
Comment by Sophie on December 8, 2009 at 4:50pm
Sometimes when this happens I stick it out but if it is really bad you can change the site. But you DO NOT need to waste the insulin! you can even keep your current tubing. Just insert the new site, disconnect the new tubing, attach your current tubing and just do a "fixed prime."

If you want to use the same reservoir but use the new tubing, just take the reservoir out of the pump and unscrew the tubing. Attach the new tubing to the reservoir. Rewind the pump, put in the reservoir with tubing, manually prime and fixed prime like you would if you had changed the reservoir too.

You shouldn't have to live with a painful site! ... The only reason I sometimes stick it out is that SOMETIMES you might get two painful sites in a row and then you have an "UGH" moment.
Comment by christie on December 8, 2009 at 4:44pm
I changed my site yesterday and it hurt for the first time going in. Now it is very tender to the touch. Has anyone ever had this problem? Should I go ahead and change my site and waste all of the insulin? What to do? I have only been on the pump since Nov. 11.
Comment by Elizabeth on September 13, 2009 at 4:40pm
I'd be lost without you. LOST, I tell you. is getting frequent mention in my book!
Comment by MelissaBL on September 13, 2009 at 2:05pm
This community is great for troubleshooting, isn't it? :) I can't believe that I used to be out there doing this on my own.
Comment by Elizabeth on September 13, 2009 at 10:23am
(Kudos to Melissa BL, you hit the nail right on the head without even seeing the problem!)
Comment by Elizabeth on September 13, 2009 at 10:22am
Hey guys, here's the way it shook out: after a high pressure test and a second conversation with a techie at Medtronic, we all came to the conclusion that the reservoirs were the problem - the seal between the reservoir and the plunger wasn't perfect and would slowly leak air. So they sent me new reservoirs and we tried again after the holiday weekend, and lo & behold, NO BUBBLES. So it appears that particular lot of reservoirs is defective. I'm sending them back and will get more from Medtronic.
Comment by Geoffrey Steinman on September 7, 2009 at 2:52pm
many of the pump trainers are usually independent contractors (my mom is one, and she trains for minimed, animas, omnipod, accu-check spirit, and formerly cozmo)
they might have a bit more weight than you do, but don't count on it (unless you were trained by a minimed clinical rep, then they can usually help)

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