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12/15/09 9:17 A

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A friend of mine uses cell phone pouches, but baby socks are much less expensive. I will have to invest in some! emoticon emoticon

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12/14/09 4:41 P

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One more reason kids are good to have around, you can borrow their socks, lol!


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12/14/09 10:33 A

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Wow, baby socks. Wish I'd known that last summer when I was sweating all over my pump (I, too, wear it in my bra when I run. Nothing ends a run faster than having the pump fall (or bounce) out of my pocket, go sailing towards the ground, and taking the part stuck to my skin with it - ouch!). But since my son just outgrew a bunch of his 6-9 month baby socks, I guess I'm all set for next summer! emoticon

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12/10/09 4:46 P

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I always use a baby sock in the summer when I'm putting my pump next to my skin and inside clothes. It keeps it from sticking to my skin and keeps the screen clear from sweat and body oils. I've just learned from you that there is an important reason to be doing that. Thanks for sharing. Denise

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12/10/09 3:36 P

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Hey all,
Consider this a PSA, and maybe learn from my mistakes so you don;t end up in the same boat....

Last June I went for a bike ride and clipped my pump to the inside of my shorts. I'd done it 100 times before with no problem, but on this particularly nice day for a long ride, I got home, pulled my pump out and not a single button did anything. Thats right, my screen was frozen and pump was presumably not pumping in its frozen state. I called Minimed and they told me it was likely static build up from rubbing on my shorts and they over-nighted (well, 2 day overnighted because I'm in Alaska) a new pump. I spent two days relearning the basics of pump to injection conversions and got to re-determine all of my ratios and rates once I got a new functional pump because I didn't have them written down anywhere.
Two lessons from that story:
1. ALWAYS right down your settings or download to whatever pump program you use so that in the even to of something screwy, you have back up and don't have to reinvent the wheel.
2. Watch out for static.

Last night I went for a jog, and I tucked my pump in my bra like I always do so it stays warm (it was -10*F so thats a valid concern) and doesn't jiggle around. I got back to the gym, disconnected before suspending to go shower and got a BUTTON ERROR alarm. I called Minimed because again, nothing was happening and no buttons worked. They told me this time that the BUTTON ERROR alarm happens when you either continuously push a button for 3 minutes (not likely to have happened) or that a little bit of moisture (i.e. sweat) had worked its way into the button pad (even though the pump is supposed to be splash-resistant) and did something along the lines of shorted out the whole pump.
I have another new pump being overnighted to me so hopefully by tomorrow I'll be pumping again, but sadly, I hadn't uploaded to Carelink (the Minimed software) in a month and don't have my most recent settings. Sigh.
Lessons from that story:
1. Don't sweat next to your pump.
2. Write down your settings often so you have them just in case.

So my pump can't ride a bike or go for a jog, and when I called Minimed back again to ask them what exercise the pump can do (I may have been a little rude by that point in my evening, sorry!), I am told that my pump will be much better off if I keep it in a sock. Huh? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it seems that this great expensive life-sustaining machine functions best from the safety of a baby sock. The sock (supposedly) will protect the pump from wayward drops of sweat and will also prevent static build up.
I haven't tried it yet, and I'd never been told before that my pump was in need of sock comfort, but having burned through 2 pumps in 5 months, I guess I'll give it a shot.

It might be worth your time to call your pump company and ask about such random happenings as sweat and static (more so a problem int he winter usually) and see if all pumps need socks, or if its just Minimed. And actually I think it would be interesting to hear if other Minimed users were told to wear pump socks too... If you've had such problems or know a way other than baby socks to prevent them please share!



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