Summer will be here soon. It is suppose to be in the 90’s here next week. Yay! I love the warm weather.
So, in preparation for summer and taking my kiddos to the pool, I have been thinking a lot about the insulin pump situation. Currently, I wear a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm (see the picture) and have been happy with their pumps for the last 8 years.
Until last summer when we started going to the pool more often. You cannot get the Paradigm wet, so I have to take it off when I shower, swim, etc.
Picture this..We would arrive at the pool with a cooler in tow. No biggie since I would pack snacks, drinks, and lunch. Included in the cooler was a one of the deli meat plastic containers (washed) with a few baggies. When I wanted to get in the pool, I took off the pump, placed it in a baggie, then placed the baggie in the deli meat tupperware container, then placed that in the cooler. I could go “unhooked” for about 30 minutes, then I had to get out and hook the pump back up for at least 30 minutes. Once the pump was back on, I had to place it in another baggie to ensure my wet swimsuit did not get the pump wet.
Whew! At first it seemed like a lot work for a 30 minute swim, but after being in the hot sun for awhile, I could not wait to get back in the pool and do it all over again.
Now that summer is on the horizon, I have been thinking about what to do this summer. Maybe trying to get a waterproof pump would be a lot easier.
The research has begun. My pump warrantly does not expire until September 2011 after the pool closes. Medtronic is supposedly working on a waterproof pump but nothing on the market yet. Soon? But I have heard that Animas offers a special program where you can exchange your current pump (any brand) for an Animas Ping if you pay $200.
Animas Ping looks good online. The basal increments actually go to .025 which would be great for me when running. The Ping “listens” to the One Touch meter, and I am a big fan of One Touch. Still looking good.
Here is the Ping’s website if you want to check it out:
Only downside I see (assuming my insurance will cover the supplies) is Animas Ping does not have Real Time yet. Yet being the key word. I hear it is the works. And to be honest, I am currently not using the Real Time with the Paradigm because my insurance will not cover it. Would love to have it though, especially when exercising.
But, I will take what I can get. If anyone is using the Animas Ping please let me know your thought and recommendations? I need to make a decision soon.
And I did try going back on shots last summer in case any of you are wondering. That lasted only a few days. With running and biking and all the other activities, I really struggled to maintain my blood sugar levels. I was bottoming out too much. Wish it would have worked at least for the summer.
That’s all the pumping talk for now.
Have a great day!