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[IP] Re: Beaching in New Jersey


Gee,  everyone! I've gotten only two responses to my question about wearing  
MiniMed pump at the beach - or not - and taking long acting-insulin  by
injection for two days. One of you said you'd never put long-acting  insulin 
your body (I did so for 34 years, and always had an A1C between  5.8 and 6.5!)
Also, I happen to LIVE in NJ (
I live in Hawaii and spend a great deal of time in the water.  I have  a 
 Minimed 522 with the CGMS. I never take my pump off when I go into the water,
fact I can swim and surf etc. much more safely and with less worry  with my 
 CGMS than without. Before the CGMS I was constantly having problems with lows
or highs while in the water.  When I got my first  minimed, about 7 years 
ago, it was sold to me as waterproof.  They had  problems with people over 
 tightening the battery cap and causing cracks where water was entering. I never
 over tighten the cap, it has a rubber o ring and doesn't need to be tight, and
I check the case periodically for micro  cracks.  If all else fails I am still 
under warranty and Minimed has always  been great at replacing broken pumps 
during the warranty.  I could never  leave this great piece of equipment home 
when I need it the most, which is while  exercising in the water.

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