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Just changed site and gosh I forgot to change batteries again

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by ashtensmom, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. ashtensmom

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    I said to myself during The site change previous to today's that I would replace the battery since it was down a bar, and of course I forgot, again. I think it's been down one bar for over a week. We haven't been pumping long enough to be really familiar with how long battery will last when down one bar. Any ideas? Would I be chancing the battery going dead tomorrow during school hours. I think I read that I should have a day after hearing first alarm. Is this correct?
     
  2. Williamsville mommy

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    On medtronic when it alarms the first time low battery I believe you have 24 hours. They(medtronic) told us not to replace battery until that sensor goes off, something to do with trouble shooting down the road
     
  3. danismom79

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    We're podders, so I can change the battery anytime without interrupting basal delivery. I'm really asking out of curiosity: do you have to do all that rewinding/priming stuff with tubed pumps when you change the battery?
     
  4. Williamsville mommy

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    Not when u change the battery. But every site change of course..
     
  5. ashtensmom

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    Yes with animas you have to rewind, load, and prime. That, I know because I had to read up on it (again) in anticipation of changing the battery. I have changed batteries before, but I am admitting I am a slow learner regarding this for some reason. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Amy C.

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    You ought to change the battery when needed. It doesn't have to be at a site change. The pump is quite annoying in the alarms when it goes down to 1 bar.

    Why do you think the battery can only be changed when the site is changed? You disconnect, replace the battery, rewind, load and prime. Not much to it.
     
  7. Lee

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    Just change the battery now - no biggy at all. ETA: I didn't realize that you had to reprime - you don't with minimed - but 2 minutes of work is worth not worrying about it all night and day.
     
  8. Mommy For Life

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    Slow learner here too! :rolleyes: 2 big things to make note of before a Ping battery change....1) IOB - changing battery erases IOB on pump 2) make sure not to change battery during combo bolus - stops that too. Ignore if you had this on file! :cwds:
     
  9. hawkeyegirl

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    Not on MM, but you do on Animas.
     
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    But we always just do a 0 prime.
     
  11. ashtensmom

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    Sorry, I think I mislead you. I know I can change battery anytime. I am just more comfortable doing it during site change:cads: Since I have only changed the battery a time or two, I am still nervous when doing it... like I said, I am a slow learner! LOL. So is it best to wait until I hear the first alarm before I change the battery (as one poster said), or should I change it as soon as one bar disappears?

    Thanks everyone for all your advice.

    Yes, I have read about the IOB info disappearing but I forgot about the combo!
    I goof a lot with combos, where we will have supper and have bloused with combo, and then after supper we will send DD to have a shower!!!:eek:
     
  12. Connie(BC)Type 1

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    I rewind at each resevoir change, but only do a full prime when I change tubing(well it primes to 0.1 when not changing tubing, then I stop. If I've changed the site, I fill the canula.
     
  13. Snowbound

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    One of the many tips we've learned the hard way - when changing the battery verify that the pump restarts.

    Once when my son got a low battery warning he decided to change it himself and put the battery in upside down. There was a panic a while later when we discovered his pump wasn't working. After I fixed the problem I found that it had been without power long enough that I had to re-enter many of the pump settings.
     
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    I did that last night with the combo and then a shower! Then, I was about to tell her to move it along so we could reconnect quickly when I saw a huge bubble in her tubing and primed it out canceling the combo. She was only due for .15 so I just bolused her for it when she got out. All was well, but I was like Doh!
     
  15. hawkeyegirl

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    A normal-length bath or shower shouldn't affect the effect of a combo bolus enough to worry about unless the length of the combo is very, very short.
     
  16. BittysMom

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    Good to know.
     
  17. jcanolson

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    If you suspend the pump though, I believe it cancels any combo bolus, and my child is not known for taking a "normal length shower'.:D
     
  18. hawkeyegirl

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    We've never suspended the pump for a bath. Why would you do that?

    If you've got a combo going and your kid takes hour baths, I guess your choice is to bolus the part they will miss afterwards.
     

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