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 David C Weisberg on April 2, 2014 at 12:28pm

Christy. I am type 1 and it has made no difference to my weight whether I am on shots or the pump. When I ate too much while on shots, I just gave myself a larger shot to accompany the food. Unfortunately, sometimes I miscalculated and wound up passing out and being taken to the hospital by ambulance. I have never had to take that ambulance ride while on the pump.

Comment by PMichel on April 2, 2014 at 12:24pm

Good luck. Managing my weight has become easier with time and my control has been the best with the pump. I would encourage you to stay on the pump and not go backward. Even though I try not to deny myself too much, my main tool is sticking to the serving size. If I want chips, I have one of the little singlesize bags I put in my kids lunch. If I want chocolate, I get one of the individual treats at the register. I also try to have healthy options like fruits, single serving cheese snacks (laughing cow) and the yoplait light yogurts are tasty. One other great change was subbing regular pasta for the shirataki noodles. You can eat the entire package with no carbs and just saute it in your sauce.

Hope some of this helps

Comment by Linda B on April 2, 2014 at 11:58am

Christy,
It sounds like you have made up your mind that it is time to lose weight. You should be able to do that with or without the pump. In fact, restricting the amount of food you eat should be easier with the pump than with shots.
It would be a good idea for you to find a medical professional to help you with your weight loss regimen.

Comment by christy on April 2, 2014 at 11:48am

I have been on the pump for 16 years. I originally got on it so I could skip meals and not be on an eating schedule. I was tired of diabetes ruling my life. I'm in charge! Quite the opposite happended. I began eating all the time and anything I wanted because I only had to push a button. I am currently 140 lbs. overweight. Very uncommon for a Type 1. In fact, I'm trying to have the gastric sleeve procedure and the surgeon is scared to operate because he's never seen an overweight Type 1. Is it THAT uncommon? Am I that odd? Is anyone else out there having this issue? I've decided to go back to shots and an eating schedule with diabetes ruling my life again so I can lose the weight and feel healthy.

Comment by claney61 on February 12, 2014 at 4:45pm

I really appreciate all the info. I am not sure if I will get the new Dexcom G4 or the Enlite. I will stick around on this site for quite a while, however, and learn as much as I can!

Comment by jlconrod on February 11, 2014 at 3:50pm

I suggest contact Medtronic Support again and asking to speak to a supervisor.

Comment by deathjamm on February 11, 2014 at 9:52am

I get so many conflicting information from medtronic support reps. One told me I was calibrating too much when I did 6 calibrations in one day. I then did 3 the following day and the rep told me I was doing too little and that I should be doing 4 (even though they advertise you really only need to do it 2 times a day). When I did it 5 times another time, I was told again it was too much. Another time, I did a calibration 5.5 hours after the previous one and a rep told me that it was too soon.

/me pulls out his hair :D

Comment by Linda B on February 11, 2014 at 9:36am

claney61, Yes, you still need to be stable when calibrating. It's not that hard to do. You just need to 'think ahead'. I generally calibrate when I first wake up, before lunch an dinner, and at bed. My BG is usually pretty stable at those points. If I notice an arrow on the SG display I just skip the calibration since only 2 are needed each day.
The other important thing is to avoid the desire to recalibrate a bunch of times to fix an inaccuracy. It is important to analyze why it is so far off. If the SG is bouncing all over the place then there is really something wrong and calibrations are not going to fix it. On the other hand, if the SG is stable and yet far from the BG calibrating once and giving it time to adjust is usually better than a bunch of calibrations. I know with the Dex you don't have to give it that much thought, but with the MM you do.

Comment by lisa c on February 11, 2014 at 9:09am

claney61, I am now using the enlite from long time with dex. switched so not to have 2 gadgets. The dex is definitely more accurate, but the enlite is worth the one pump. it took 2 months to get wise to the sensor as I was spoiled with the dex. Be prepared for lots of learning and troubleshooting. We can help you avoid many of the issues if needed.

Comment by claney61 on February 11, 2014 at 7:52am

Thanks Linda. I found the old MM CGMS difficult to use because of the need to calibrate when BG was "stable." I would have to delay calibrating when it was rising or falling, then have problems because I was slow in calibrating. Does the new sensor also need to be calibrated when BG is "stable"?

 

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