My pump has ghoulies. It was acting very weird yesterday. Having my pump act weird is not something that makes me feel safe. Here’s what happened.
I was making some changes to my basal rates and noticed that, every now and then, I had to press the buttons a little harder to make them work properly. Whatever. Not a big deal.
But then I started to get no response at all from pressing certain buttons. Bigger deal.
And then my pump started doing things on its own. Like scrolling through numbers really fast.
Fast. Without me touching it.
I managed to get the basal rates set the way that I wanted them, but realized I wouldn’t be able to change anything or bolus for anything. Having spare insulin pens in my fridge, I wasn’t too worried about that…however I was worried about the fact that my pump seemed to be doing things of its own accord. Things I didn’t want it to do.
Luckily, a friend of mine had access to a pump just like mine that I was able to borrow until Medtronic could get me a new one. Whew! I’m pretty sure I would have been facing a night of manual basals if not for her.
So, I went over to my friend’s house to get the loaner pump. I took off my pump and set it on the counter to start programming the new pump with my rates…which I couldn’t access because my pump buttons weren’t working. Luckily I’m a nerd and had all of my rates in a spreadsheet from last week. (I was logging again and looking for some trends that needed fixed.)
Anyway, as the pump was sitting on the counter, it suddenly started vibrating. We looked at it, and here it was, counting up a bolus for me! With no human intervention whatsoever! (Not exactly a reliable closed-loop system.) Without actually giving the bolus, it then stopped counting, vibrated again, and suspended itself. I suppose that’s a good thing. Better than random, unrequested boluses!
Then, amidst more vibrations, it told me it was having a “Button Error”. Clearly.
More vibrations, then incessant beeping, and finally I took the battery out to put an end to the madness. Thankfully by this time I was connected to the loaner pump and feeling much more secure.
When I got home I phoned Medtronic and the cheery, helpful representative assured me that my pump (still under warranty) would be replaced as soon as possible. She said that the Button Error warning comes up when a button is pressed/held for 3 seconds or more, so it’s an indication that one or more of my buttons was sticking.
I still think it was ghoulies.
Anyway, I was told I could have a new pump today already if I was willing to go with blue, purple or pink….which I wasn’t. So my “smoke” coloured pump will arrive tomorrow – hand-delivered to me at work. That’s service!
This experience really made me realize how ridiculously dependent I am on my pump! I mean, I guess I knew that, but it really hammered it home last night. It’s fantastic technology….as long as it’s working!