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Old 02-23-2012, 14:44   #1
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Last night I did a really stupid thing. Somewhere between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. I "suspended" my pump - all the while 'I was supposed to be sleeping'. I've had the pump for 18 months and never did this before. I don't know if I rolled over on it and accidentally pressed the buttons - but I am thinking what I did was not very smart. I think now I need to lock the keypad just after I test my BG before going to bed???

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Locking it seems like a sensible precaution. You probably have a better idea yourself as to how quickly you head towards DKA without any basal insulin.

Does it beep when it is suspended or did you sleep through that?

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Frank - I slept through whatever sound there might have been (if there was one). I am also hearing impaired and w/o my hearing aid, that I don't wear at night, I am essentially deaf.

I do remember getting up for the bathroom about the time my husband comes home from work (3 a.m.) and when I went to read the BG reading on my meter I asked him to read it since I didn't have my glasses on. When he said "resume"......my heart sank. That is when I came "fully awake" and realized what a stupid thing I had done. My BG at that point was already 180 (10.0).

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I used to wear a Minimed myself so I know that the "alarm" is not up to much, especially when under the bedclothes or whatever.

As I'm sure you already know, a possible concern with insulin pumps and Type 1 is that: with MDI if you were to forget a meantime bolus at least you would still have some basal working, whereas the pump only uses short acting -- great for quick adjustments.

Do you wear it clipped on at night, or (as I did) just let it free-range in the bed? If the latter you might try putting it in a thick woolen sock or similar to prevent any unplanned button presses.

You might also contact Medtronic in case they have any other suggestions.

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I wear the pump tucked into an insulin pump pouch which has a carabiner clip on the outside. I clip the pouch to the neck of my night gown so I wouldn't rip out the infusion set. Doesn't it tend to rip out the infusion set if it free ranges?

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I never had a set rip out in bed over 5 years... now, catching the tubing on a door handle, particluarly when fumbling through the dark to the bathroom in the small wee hours, that's another matter altogether!

I'm still surprised that you could have accidentally lain on a button or two while you slept (not that you could lay on the pump, just that there would be enough directed pressure to activate a button) but as you suggested, I think for peace of mind, locking the key pad is a sensible precaution.

It might still be worth contacting Minimed anyway (they might have other suggestions) and in your place, I certainly would not hesitate to do so if it were to happen again.

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Mine never ripped out and it free ranged its way right out of bed a couple of times.

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What happened wasn't stupid. Remember: nothing bad that happens is ever our fault.

I've never lost a set in bed, even after wrapping the tubing three times around two legs from different people.

Locking it might not be the optimal choice if you need somebody to suspend it in case of a bad hypo. If they can't suspend, then they have to unhook. One night out of 500 isn't exactly an acute issue.

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I've accidentally left it on suspend all night, too. It's always been my fault. It happens most often after I come out of the shower or out the pool and I forget to resume it when I put it back on. It does alarm, but unlike the other alarms that progressively get louder and start to vibrate, the suspend alarm is really easy to miss.

I wear my pump on a fabric belt pouch and I'm a big tosser and turner and lie on it all the time. Going into suspend mode, however, is 4 separate button presses on the Minimed so I've never had it go into suspend by accident. So I think the odds would be very rare. Maybe time to buy a lotto ticket ?

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Locking it might not be the optimal choice if you need somebody to suspend it in case of a bad hypo.
Locking is just extra insurance. Unlocking is very simple because when you push any button, the display tells you to push two particular buttons simultaneously to unlock the pump.

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