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Re: [IPk] Update on continuing occlusion alarms saga

Hi Iain,

You raise good points.

 The only pattern I can discern us that the alarms occur only during basal
administration not bolus.

 As previously noted, these can occur while asleep, in the supermarket, while
reading, sitting at my computer, being tempted by wonderful plants at my local
family run working nursery etc.

 No medication changes. This started around 10 days after finishing 3 courses if
antibiotics and steroids for a persistent chest infection but really got going
about a week later. It has been going on persistently for 3 weeks now.

 I have no problem with the insulin. It works beautifully for me. I returned one
used tubing after an occlusion alarm to Animas for testing. Whether they tested
for insulin crystals, I don't know, but will follow this up on Monday.

 Interestingly yesterday and the day before 2 alarms indicated the pump 'not
primed girl delivery'
 but this is not recorded in the alarm history. Another point to be followed up
on Monday.

 I find your comments about replacement parts interesting... My list for Monday
is growing.

 Had to change my latest set after less than 36 hours due to inflammation
(redness) round cannula. Also had another alarm.

 I'll post next week when I have more info should someone else encounter thus

Thanks everyone.


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> On 28 Mar 2014, at 12:59, I Jenkins <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Hi Rhoda,
> Ruling out the obvious leaves only the unlikely.
> Any physical changes to environment - do these occur in specific places or
> anywhere?
> Any other medication changes?, any changes you can think of in fact since
> you started having these problems?
> Maybe you could try a different insulin again, I've heard of people who
> were on the same one for years and then had to change for no apparent
> reason. Just because one stopped working, doesn't rule it out for ever!
> Is it possible to try a different pump for a bit - maybe the hospital could
> lend you another brand?
> Lastly, could you try yet another pump?  I work with machine repairs, and
> have had a few occasions where I've replaced a part and got the same
> symptoms.  As I said we're onto the unlikely/very unlikely, but possibles
> now!
> With every good wish,
> Iain.
> T1 Essex, UK.
> Minimed 515 pump
> Current A1C Jan 2014 36.9(5.5%)
>> On 28 March 2014 11:11, Rhoda Martin <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> Think all options covered and nothing has resolved the issue. Pump
>> replaced,
>> different Lot numbers of sets (Teflon and Stainless Steel), cartridges,
>> insulin,
>> new sites yet conclusions still occurring. Can be as many as 3 in a day.
>> Technique reviewed and said to be okay.
>> Occlusions only occur during basal not bolus.
>> Clutching at straws both Animas and I are wondering whether my body is
>> mounting
>> a ridiculously powerful response to the presence of a 'foreign body' i.e.
>> cannula of whatever type.
>> I developed antibodies to human analogue insulins and reverted to using
>> pork
>> neutral without any issues.
>> However my eldest sister also has a wacky immune system that over-reacts
>> to
>> common naturally occurring chemicals in food which causes mega anaphylactic
>> shock syndrome. I'm starting to wonder whether there may be a genetic
>> component
>> in this hyper-sensitive autoimmune system present in both of us?
>> But how do I check whether this is the issue? Since the pump has been
>> changed I
>> rule out pump issues.
>> Any thought on this anyone?
>> By the way for newbies, Animas has never come across this before.
>> conclusions
>> yes, but not where all avenues of resolving it have been exhausted. DSN
>> similarly has no other suggestion.
>> Do you think it would be worth contacting another pumping centre for their
>> thoughts on this?
>> Meantime, I disconnect tubing, prime it - no problem - reconnect and
>> continue
>> until the next occlusion alarm. (Sensitivity setting is on Low, bolus
>> admin rate
>> - Slow)
>> Rhoda
> .
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