Monday, October 1, 2012

No Power

I think as all pump-wearers one of our fears is that our pump stops working - along with not having supplies.   It's a nightmare when your pump turns off and doesn't turn back on, let me be the first to admit this based on personal experience.  On Saturday I was babysitting two young children when I heard my pump beep.  Since my pump is on vibrate I knew that it must have been a low battery warning which means I would have some time to before having to put in a new battery.  

Then, the pump said, 'no power...' which I have never seen before.  I was feeling a little bit nervous, having two young children and not being able to leave the house to figure out what to do, so I called Vince.  Vince gladly came over with fresh batteries and when I put the battery in nothing happened.  Then I was getting really stressed out as the kids ran around and my pump was showing no vital signs.

So, I called Medtronic and thankfully the lady on the other end was able to restore my sanity as well as my pump.  Basically I had to take the battery out of my pump, let it sit for 10 minutes (she let me put down the phone and attend to the kids in that time) and then put the battery back in and then it worked! It did reset the time/date - much like a time machine it took me back to 2005 (also side note, I didn't even have diabetes in 2005) and then it was done - I had a working pump and my stress level went form 5000 to 5. 

After it was all done, I began thinking about eventually when I have children of my own and what diabetes will be like with children.  I have experienced a few times having to attend to children as well as take care of my diabetes and have found it difficult in many ways. I am sure there are easier ways around it and eventually you learn a routine... plus I feel like it can be easier to manage your own kids in situations like that more so than other people's children. But, I guess that is something I will have to one day blog about.



  1. I had been a juvenile onset diabetic 18 years when I had my first child. The pregnancy was difficult because I had all day "morning" sickness, adding to that is when I was at 80md/dL(4.4mmol/l) it was like I was around 60mg/dL (3.3mmol/L) before becoming pregnant. I didn't really find it difficult keeping my diabetes under control with my first child, then with my second. Although being pregnant with a toddler is difficult on any woman, so it was a a bit harder with my being a diabetic and having all day sickness. But both of my children were born healthy and under 9 pounds. Neither of them have diabetes either. The one nice thing was they learned when I was low so they could help "mommy" feel better.

  2. I always keep a spare AAA battery in my meter pouch (in the zipper-compartment where I keep my used test strips and a couple of extra lancets). Seeing that the meter is always with me, I figure I'm always prepared in the event of a LOW BATTERY alert.