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[IPp] re: 508 static - fix it w/ dryer sheet
That is what concerned me the most. There were other benefits of the Animas
that I appreciated, but the main troubling MM issue for me was the static
electricity thing. I did discuss it with my doctor.
For MM users: I've heard you have to use the leather cover at all times to
minimize this issue. Is that true? How many have really had this static
electricity thing as an issue?>>>>>>>
Our son Luke, 7, has been pumping w/ a MM508 for about 1.5 years now. He
alternates between the leather case & a green neoprene case (his favorite
color). When we first started pumping, I was fortunate to be on the "adult"
insulin-pumpers list, and a wonderful lady who's had Type1 for >50 years & has
been pumping for many years recommended putting part of a used dryer sheet in
the pump case w/ the 507/508. We've had 1 static alarm during that time - and
it was when that poor dryer sheet had been in the case for weeks. Since then,
we change the dryer sheet every time we change the reservoir & have had no more
pump static issues.
We do disconnect the 508 for those playground plastic tunnel slides - you can
see the static on the kids' hair & hear the snapping when they slide down, so
we do this as a precaution.
I also recommend keeping the current basal rate written down someplace - I keep
it on sheet w/ his bg records.
We've been pleased w/ the 508 - Luke feels so much better than when he was on
MDI. Good luck to you!
Shelly V, mom to Luke, 7, dx'd 10/99, pumping 3/01 MM508, Novolog 10/01
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