I have had nothing but problems with this pump. My last time with it basically stop working, my BSL ended up being higher than 33. I ended up being admitted by ambulance to ICU in a Major Hospital. I was in there for 6 days in a coma for 4. I had an MRI and spinal tap to check me for brain problems. I was taken off the pump by my Endocrinologist. I may go back on if problems can be resolved.
Hi @possum welcome to TypeOneNation. Wow that’s a scary story I hope you are ok. I am only guessing 33 means 33 mmol/l and that is extremely high.
Hi @possum. I’m so sorry to hear what’s going on and and hope you’re okay. Needless to say I hope you are able to get to the bottom of what happened. QA for pumps tends to be very strict but they are machines and therefore not perfect. Some people find a steel needle infusion set work better than a soft cannula.
Please keep us posted on how you’re doing and what you find.
I’ve had the Medtronic 670g pump for about 4 years and I’ve already had two pump failures , the pump is supposedly water proof but every single pump I’ve gotten water has gotten in the pump even when everything is tightly shut (like where the battery goes in etc). So for now on I don’t wear the pump in water because I just got a new pump so once I turn 18 in a couple months if the pump fails again I will be stuck on shots until I can get a pump again . The only reason I got this pump was for auto mode because my sugars are completely out of control when I go to sleep at night and the auto mode is the only thing that helps my sugars stay in control . When I’m on shots , nothing seems to work .
Hi @hoop_em. Since its been nearly 4 years your warranty should be up soon. There’s a difference between difference and watertight - on Google I found As adjectives the difference between waterproof and watertight is that waterproof is unaffected by water while watertight is so tightly made that water cannot enter or escape. Practically speaking I would take that to mean waterproof protects against splashes, whereas watertight would be safe if submerged - the specs indicate to what depth and for what time.
With that in mind you might consider Tandem’s T-Slim, which has Basal and Control IQ: very simply BIQ adjusts to prevent lows, while CIQ adjusts to prevent lows and highs - in either case this assumes you have correct settings programmed into your pump, as you already know. According to the specs the T-Slim is watertight up to about 3ft of water for about 30 minutes, which should suffice for a nice long bath - but is frankly less than Medtronic’s specs. When I used Medtronic (I started with the 504 - one of their earlier models with probably no water resistance) it had a sports guard - a plastic box with a tight rubber seal with a slit for the tubing. I put my pump in the box and set it on the side of the tub for safety sake when I took baths for since it was too bulky and awkward to fit in the tub, but it worked very well for swimming if you didn’t mind feeling it and perhaps having people wonder what it was. I don’t know if they still have those guards but you might find them on Amazon or eBay. I haven’t been swimming in ages so I take my pump off for baths or showers now and it’s fine.
Another option is Omnipod, which is tubeless. I believe it’s anticipated to have a feature in place soon similar to Medtronic’s auto mode or TSLIM’S BIQ/CIQ although I don’t recall when it’s scheduled to come out. If you resort to shots in the meantime perhaps adjusting your basal insulin will help - the dosage, time you take it, or both.