Officially off my insulin pump as I bring in 2013 with a BANG

 

It's been awhile since I shared a blog here on Tudiabetes. 2012 was a difficult year - with death of my FIL in the summer - and the after effects that follow after a loved ones death. I miss him so much. On top of that - a dear friend of mine, step dad to Jenna (who are sailboat is named after) - fought the battle with colon cancer - so traveling back/forth to Rochester, NY to help out during his time in hospice meant not much time to come to Tudiabetes. Hopefully that will change for this year, if I don't put my finger in more diabetic pots :)

The blog link below (with small snippet) - is about my issues with the Animas Corporation and the 2020 model that has recently had some interesting releases on it (e.g. the pump will not function past Dec 15,2015). I've been trying to help other 2020 users who are like myself, out of warranty on a pump they hoped would last as long as other pumps do (Medtronic seems to have the best record for the one that "keeps on ticking"). Many of those insulin pumpers are on limited income and/or no insurance coverage - and for them - they can't easily slide back to MDI (multiple dosage injections) like I can.

So, while I wait out Animas Corporations decision on whether I receive a replacement pump that works past that doomed s/w date - I am adjusting to life without a pump due to not wanting to be put into panic mode on my 3 week holiday since I have no warranty as of April 2012.

I love being an experimental guinea pig.

Here's the link for my blog ... http://www.diabetes1.org/blogs/Annas_Blog/Officially_off_my_insulin...

 

 

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Tags: Animas, Lantus, MDI, NovoRapid, holiday, insurance, warranty

Comment by Betty J on January 20, 2013 at 3:50pm

Anna I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. I see you on FB and love you humor. I guess it's like seeing someone in realtime and because you keep up a cheerful facade we never know what's underneath. I've been using MM pumps for year and have thought about others but I'm traditional and stick with what works for me. I hope your pump issue is resolved and others who also have Animal pumps. It would seem that there should be some organization that oversees issues such as the one that Animas has with it's clients...wish you the best.

Comment by nel on January 20, 2013 at 9:32pm

Happy to see you here Anna , however not Happy about your 2020 pump story ...

Comment by Holger Schmeken on January 21, 2013 at 10:04am

I am sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

If I understood it correctly there are still people with warranty?! If so I think that Animas is already working on an update for the 2020 pump. It should be possible to update pumps out of warranty too. It will cost money but technically it should be possible. Very likely you will have to send the pump in.

In the mean time you could use the Glucosurfer on your Android phone. Just type "www.glucosurfer.org/App/Android/Glucosurfer.apk" in your browser (in the settings you need to allow the installation of Apps from other places than the market place) or search for "Glucosurfer" in the marketplace. This App will at least give you a bolus wizard, IOB calculation and the documentation back. Just let me know if you have any questions...

Comment by nel on January 21, 2013 at 10:18am

Anna , I can't recall if you responded to my question on your FB page ??? ..do you own a OneTouch VerioIQ meter , which is now available at NO charge in Canada as advertized on TV ...on the other hand Holger's Glucosurfer maybe the answer for you !

Comment by FatCatAnna on March 2, 2013 at 8:21am

Holger - no - they cannot update the internal s/w (I know – anothers/w friend of mine had come up with a few solutions - but Animas Corp said "no" - won't work when I wrote to them). Because my pump was STILL under warranty at the time the s/w glitch "was" discovered (since writing this blog - it appears that ALL pumps prior to 2020’s release in the year 2000, have the same internal s/w end date - they will stop functioning as of Dec 31/15). I can understand those older pumps not functioning past that date - as most people will have upgraded BUT with the 2020 - which yes - if under warranty - is being replaced with the PING. Sadly, the PING (which from what I've heard from other PING owners - has many issues with it - that has caused some of them to abandon ship with Animas and go to another pump manufacturer. Luckily - they have insurance to coverage it to do this - unlike some of us who pay out of pocket (wish Canada could be like Germany with their pump program - envy here).
I did try out the Glucosurfer, but due to having inability to charge my Android while sailing (there were issues with charging appliances – due to an overzealous ship mate that didn’t want to drain the battery – long story – you can read about it at Diabetes1.org at this link - http://www.diabetes1.org/blogs/Annas_Blog/2013/2/17
).
Am now in the process of contacting various media to inform them of how Animas is treating this hiccup. Also, I have a few D-mates here in Canada contacting Health Canada (like the FDA to an American). Luckily, one D-mate of mine HAS received a replacement pump – a PING – but with NO warranty – he is hoping I succeed in getting a replacement – and at that point – fight for warranty – but have to admit – at this point in time – I have lost faith in big corporations – and am basically tired of fighting.

Have not returned to George Michael (Animas 2020) since my return back to Canada – and managing alright – but do miss the convenience of the pump (I sometimes forget to give my Lantus until a few hours later – with the pump – you can NEVER forget your basal insulin).

Yes Nel, used the Verio IQ for the 1st week - had prescrip for 100 strips - after that went back to my "back up" Freestyle Lite for remaining weeks of holiday. Really like the Verio IQ - even tho' it does take up abit more space in my purse (am not a purse lover - but as a diabetic - we have to learn to bring all our "kit" with us).

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