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How to Change Your Insulin Pump Site According to 5-Year-Old Eli

By Naomi Kingery

Social Community Manager

Posted:  4/4/2013 5:05 PM


We often hear from people of all ages that insulin pump therapy can be daunting at first. However, it usually doesn’t take long for changing sets and using the Bolus Wizard to become second nature. (Figuring out the exact carb count on your favorite takeout or nailing down those overnight basal rates might take a bit more trial and error.) When we saw this video of 5-year-old Eli changing his infusion set, we loved the real-life example of one of our younger customers confidently navigating his insulin pump. And, of course, we couldn’t resist sharing a video with a star this cute! Let us know what you think in the comments and leave a kind word for Eli and his family!

- 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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Posted on Thu Apr 04 22:19:22 GMT 2013

Eli, is an awesome young man! I am so proud of him to tackle this at such a young age, you can tell his proactivity in his voice. He's going some where important soon!


Posted on Thu Apr 04 22:24:23 GMT 2013

What an awesome little man! You rock, Eli!


Posted on Thu Apr 04 22:54:26 GMT 2013

Eli you are my HERO


Posted on Thu Apr 04 23:01:46 GMT 2013

He's not only adorable on-screen, but off-screen as well! We are blessed to be a part of Eli's family and are so proud and inspired by him! We love you, Eli!

cynthia wondrasek

Posted on Fri Apr 05 01:51:45 GMT 2013

Amazing! What a smart and brave young man. I would love for Eli to meet my 9 year old Granddaughter Alyssa, she is on the same device.

Teresa Thias

Posted on Fri Apr 05 01:55:27 GMT 2013

Eli , I'm a adult with diabeties and I also have a pump, but you sure make it look alot easier than me . Thumbs up buddy you rock!!!!!


Posted on Fri Apr 05 02:40:44 GMT 2013

Eli you rock I came down with type 1 at 24 and took almost 14 years to finally get on the pump.... HIGH 5 to you for tackling it at your age you brought tears and a sile to my face :)

Kathy Smiley

Posted on Fri Apr 05 14:16:46 GMT 2013

thanks for showing us how you make the change . . . you make it look so easy. i am sure you will help many people to feel more confident about this proceedure.


Posted on Fri Apr 05 14:42:35 GMT 2013

Eli, you rock.


Posted on Fri Apr 05 14:51:24 GMT 2013

Wow Eli you are so smart ... and make that look so easy


Posted on Fri Apr 05 16:19:46 GMT 2013

Eli, I am very proud of you. I know you will live a successful life with diabetes. Don't stop being brave. I have lived with diabetes over 65 years, and Iknow you can too.


Posted on Fri Apr 05 17:32:17 GMT 2013

Wow! I'm so impressed with you, Eli! If you tackle every hard thing in your life the way you handle your diabetes, you're going to be the most amazing person ever! Bless you!


Posted on Fri Apr 05 21:25:43 GMT 2013

Thank you all for the wonderful words of encouragement for Eli and his family! We agree that he rocks!


Posted on Fri Apr 05 22:08:45 GMT 2013

I work in childcare and at the daycare we had a child who also had an insulin pump. Kids are greatly adaptable and smart. Eli you're awesome!


Posted on Thu Apr 11 17:50:08 GMT 2013

It makes me feel so good about the work that I do everday when I see a little customer like this, benefiting from our product.
Way to go Eli!
I think you have a future in product demonstration and marketing.

Dute Dute

Posted on Tue Apr 16 06:27:28 GMT 2013

Way to go Eli! You're amazing.

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