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A Part of Me - Ashley, on Wearing the MiniMed

By Karrie Hawbaker

Public Relations Manager

Posted:  12/11/2012 4:00 PM


Today we hear from Ashley, who discusses what life was like on injections and how she was worried an insulin pump would be a constant reminder of diabetes – to her and others around her. She talks about what life is really like now that she’s on the MiniMed pump and how no one else needs to see the pump if she doesn’t want them to. Listen to her story and tell us: What were your concerns before starting insulin pump therapy and what’s life like for you now?


- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.

- Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.

- Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems

- The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.

- Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.

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Susan Totten

Posted on Tue Dec 11 21:54:59 GMT 2012

I'm a big outdoors person, I was worried about not being able to do the things I loved rock climbing, rock scrambling, kayaking, etc..... I'm a wildland fire fighter(forest fires). I was wrong I can still do all these things with less worry about blood sugars and eating. I have much better control.


Posted on Wed Dec 12 17:26:03 GMT 2012

I thought the pump would be intrusive but I was wrong, so wrong. After taking shots for 50 years the pump is so easy and I can do all the activities I used to do without worrying about lows. It has changed my life


Posted on Thu Dec 13 00:19:07 GMT 2012

Susan and Suzie, thank you for sharing as you are both inspiring in your own ways. It’s great to hear you’re both doing so well on pump therapy!

Dave Millon

Posted on Thu Feb 14 21:56:08 GMT 2013

I am so disappointed in my paradigm/CGM system. Once again, the transmitter failed just out of warrantee. This is the second one to do so and there seems to be no recourse. The nice people at Minimed's help line just continue to repeat that the warrantee is 6 months and as you are beyond that time period, you will need to purchase a replacement to the tune of $640. I fail to see how such a piece of expensive hardware is allowed to have such a short replacement period. Either the price should reflect the short lifespan or the replacement period needs to be lengthened . Somewhere there should be an appeals process.


Posted on Thu Feb 14 22:37:09 GMT 2013

Dave, I’m very sorry to hear about this situation. I’ll have someone reach out to you shortly to try to help.

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