Monday, September 9, 2013

Subconcious Diabetes

I have had my new pump (the Animas Ping) for about 9 months now. When people ask how I like it compared to the MiniMed I am a little conflicted. There are some features that I truly enjoy, and others that I truly despise. This was similar to my feelings for the features onboard MiniMed as well.

However, this pump has some interesting side effects... 

It turns out, similarly to other middle-of-the-night activities (read: bathroom, ignoring snoring husband, finding a comfy position in the midst of a bed-hog wiener dog, etc), my body has moved “respond to insulin pump alarms” from a conscious activity to a subconscious activity. This is exactly what happened last night (which was not the first time, hence this event is now taking up space on 'le blog). Apparently at 11:55pm on September 8th I received and responded to a “Low Cartridge Alarm”. I say “apparently” because I have absolutely no recollection of this, but my pump's alarm history remembers!

Ok, so now I am asleep, I have “acknowledged” that I only have 20 units of insulin, and unlike the MiniMed pump I will not get a reoccurring “Low Cartridge Alarm”. ** I guess I should caveat here that I’m not the best at crosschecking my units remaining display, (whoops)**

Everything seems fine…breakfast bolus, daily basal rates, correction bolus, lunch bolus via remote glucometer...(crazy beeps ensue)…finally the pump commands my attention. What are all these beeps for?!?!?! That’s when I look down and see this screen:



Awesome. 1 whole unit left! Time to take out the battery (otherwise it will beep annoyingly all day!!) and settle in for an afternoon of pen injections. I can't be the only one this has happened to?!?!?!?!