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.

Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Comment by Sam from Alabam on April 28, 2014 at 7:40pm

I'm 90% sure it's the white piece on top of the reservoir. It may be a softer plastic than before, or just the wrong size. But it's not working. Medtronic is really nice about replacing everything, but the replacements have the same problem.

Comment by Sam from Alabam on April 28, 2014 at 7:38pm

I have a manufacturing background. It appears that the clear plastic fitting is not snapping onto the white part of the reservoir cap as it used to. If you wiggle the clear part, you can see the air gap between the two pieces. The reservoirs are made in Puerto Rico. The MMT-382s aren't clear, probably Denmark. The MMT-366s are made in Mexico. They've changed something and the parts no longer fit.

Comment by Sam from Alabam on April 28, 2014 at 7:34pm

I've been dealing with it since early April. I've been through the troubleshooting protocol many times with the same result. I'm up to the supervisor/medical engineer letter of failure analysis level. A friend has the same problem and is filing a formal FDA complaint.

Comment by bort269 on April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm

I never had air bubble issues (been using MMT-326 A reservoirs for over a year) but I have recently. I called Medtronic and indeed they told me to leave my insulin at room temp.
I've done that, but still notice inch-long air bubbles... even small air pockets at the end of the tube after Suspending the pump when I shower.

Comment by Kj on April 28, 2014 at 5:48pm

I have problems with air bubbles. I've always thought it was my technique. However, sometimes I see an air bubble and then cannot push it completely out, even if I drain the reservoir. I have tried a "fast fill" (my term) and I have had success with it and less bubbles. So frustrating - especially when I go to change a set and see a huge air bubble when I thought it didn't have any!

Comment by Chris on April 28, 2014 at 3:55pm

No problems but I do keep a close eye out for them. They do happen and I just have to be aware of them. I always load up the reservoir with room temperature insulin. They say it helps cut back on bubbles.

Comment by Sam from Alabam on April 28, 2014 at 1:58pm

Is anyone else having problems with air bubbles in the MMT-326 A reservoirs?

Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 3, 2014 at 5:47pm

Christy, when you said you were an impulse eater, the thought that immediately sprung into my mind is that maybe you have an eating disorder. There is a disorder called binge eating disorder, that may apply to you. If that is the case (and I don't really know what your eating habits are), then you might benefit from some counseling from someone who is knowledgeable about eating disorders. I have an eating disorder, different from yours, but for a long time, I denied it, and even when I did ask for help, I told them it was because I didn't know how to control my diabetes and eat normally at the same time. Well, I later figured out (with a lot of help) that it wasn't true; I genuinely did have an eating disorder. IF that's the case with you, bariatric surgery alone won't really help -- people can stretch out the sleeve and return to their former weights if the root cause of their overeating is not addressed.

And with all that said, I don't think the pump makes one whit of difference. If I had to go back on shots, it would make me less likely to take my insulin although I would continue to eat. That's a recipe for disaster! With the pump, at least, all I have to do is push buttons; The first part of my treatment goal is to take insulin every single time I eat anything -- no freebies! The second part is to eat healthy foods, and not binge on sweets instead. To learn to pass that donut by. Which is really hard but it's what I have to do. And knowing how hard that is, is why I would encourage you to get an eating-disorder assessment. Couldn't hurt, and maybe, could help.

Comment by christy on April 3, 2014 at 11:15am
On a different note, I've been researching diabetic tattoos and came across a new way to check blood. Nanosensors are injected under the skin in tattoo form and glucose levels are monitored nonstop! Have y'all heard of this?
Comment by christy on April 3, 2014 at 11:12am
I've actually been diagnosed with Type 1 and 2 in the past. My current dr says it's a load of BS but I think it's true. So in screwed whichever way I go. He recommended the gastric sleeve procedure because I won't lose as many nutrients as I would with bypass.
 

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