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What do I do with the pump when…?

How do I wear the insulin pump?
There are almost as many answers to that question as there are pump wearers. Because the pump is small, it is easy to hide completely if that is your choice: in a pocket, tucked into a bra or garter belt, or placed in a case that can be worn on a belt. Some people prefer to have their insulin pump out where it´s easier to get to for programming meal-related boluses. This can be done with a simple belt clip available with the pump, similar to that used on beepers.

Where do I put the pump while I sleep?
The answer to this question is to do what works best for you with 42 inches of infusion set tubing, there are many options available. Some insulin pump wearers place their pump next to them on the bed, while others leave it on a bedside table. Many wearers put it in a pocket of their pajamas.

Can I take a bath?
Of course! It´s true that the pump is a fairly sensitive instrument and should be protected from being immersed in water. But there are several easy ways to handle the pump when bathing or showering. Insulin pump makes products that simplify this and other every day issues. Most people wearers prefer to use disconnect from the pump and tubing several inches back from the infusion site. Or the pump can be placed in the showerpack, a specifically designed plastic bag that can be hung around the neck or on a faucet handle during the shower. You can even just set the pump on the floor during a bath, letting the tubing drape over the side of the tub.

So that means I can swim, too?
Absolutely. And sun bathe and water ski and play baseball. Climbing Mount Everest, sky diving, spelunking or even white-water rafting. One way to handle these stituations is the sportguard, a hard protective case that protects the pump from water and physical damage. You might prefer to disconnect from the pump and tubing using the Sof-set. During skiing, skating and other winter sports, you will need to keep the pump under all those layers of clothes where it will be protected and warm so that your insulin won´t freeze. Of course, this makes it rather inconvenient for programming pre-meal boluses, but we assume you´ll be losing some of those layers of clothing when you go into the lodge anyway.

Speaking for the intimacy?
What about intimacy? Most pump users are concerned about this initially, but find that it´s not much of an issue as long as it´s discussed openly with the partner. If you´re both comfortable with the pump just leave it in place. You may want to use the 42 " tubing length to allow you to place the pump well out of reach, for example, on a bedside table. Many a pump has spent an intimate evening nestled in a garter belt, although this seems to be more popular with female pump wearers than with males! Many people prefer to disconnect from the pump and tubing before intimate contact by using the disconnect. With a simple twist, the pump and all the tubing can be detached so that pump therapy is not a part of intimate moments.

What happens if I drop my pump?
The insulin pump has been designed to withstand all the normal things that happen in life. No matter how careful anyone is, occasionally the pump will fall to the floor. If this happens, you will need to check the pump display and make sure the tubing and reservoir are intact. By activating the self-test you can force the pump to immediately perform all software tests which would normally occur over the course of a day, as well as a check of the display screen and the audible alarm function. This invaluable feature gives you immediate reassurance regarding the proper functioning of your pump. The insulin pump is water tight, so if the pump is accidentally dropped in water, all you need to do is dry it off. Every pump wearer eventually gets pushed in a pool, tipped over in a canoe, or accidentally dunks their pump in a sink while shaving or washing dishes. None of this will harm the pump.

How do I know if my pump is working?
The time of day is always displayed on the pump screen. This means that the pump is on and delivering the programmed amount. Rest assured that your pump has multiple built-in safety alarms to alert you if your pump stops delivering insulin, including alarms for low and depleted batteries, empty reservoir, and clogged infusion set. The pump has an infrared motion detector which checks to make sure the motor is working properly. A series of safety checks are performed every minute, every motor stroke, and upon each programming change. At any time, you can program to perform the Self-Test, which forces the pump to immediately conduct all software checks, as well as test the display screen and the audible alarm function. In addition to all the pump self-checks, you can simply and easily visually verify that your pump is delivering accurately by conducting a 7.2 unit lead screw test.

What happens if my pump breaks?
In the event that you suspect something is wrong with your pump, you should call 24 hour Help-Line. If they are unable to resolve the problem by trouble shooting they will instruct you on how to return your pump for repair. A replacement pump will be sent out to you by Federal Express for delivery the next day. The pump is very reliable and sturdy. Over the years, we have diligently implemented quality improvements in an effort to ensure that our pumps are dependable and long-lasting. Our motor is guaranteed for life.

Can I feel the insertion site?
The insertion site should be completely comfortable. If you feel the site, you should check it to see if it is red or irritated. The sof-set is a special infusion set with a removable introducer needle so that only a flexible micro-tube is left under the skin. The sof-set allows for painless, comfortable delivery even during vigorous activity and exercise.

Where do I insert the infusion set?
The insufion set can be inserted in the subcutaneous tissue of the abdomen, thigh, or arm. Most people prefer the abdomen because it has the most consistent rate of absorption of insulin. Usually, women place the infusion site in the lower abdomen, while men chose the upper abdomen. You may want to experiment to find the most comfortable position. The important thing is to remember to avoid inserting into bony areas, under belt lines or in other areas where clothing might cause irritation.

What happens if I forget how much insulin I programmed?
The pump has the ability to display the time, day and amount of the last twelve meal boluses. This feature is particularly useful for recording information in your log book and for troubleshooting the causes of unexplained blood glucoses.

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