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I would like to ask:
Why is there no alarm on your newest pump to remind you when to change the cannula? It’s not easy to remember 3 days!
Why does the pump not have the facility to add a percentage to a correction of blood glucose that is above a certain figure? If my blood sugar is very high, I require more insulin to bring my blood sugar down. My pump adds 10% to a correction for a blood sugar which is over a figure which can be chosen by the user or a health professional – in my case when my blood sugar is over 16.
Having a pump is all very well – but wearing it all day, every day is hard, particularly as the cases provided do not seem particularly well designed, and there is not enough choice. I would like to see many more types of case – all with windows so that the pump can be used without removing the case. Why is this aspect of wearing a pump relatively ignored by pump manufacturers?
Why do the ‘Quick-sets’ sit in the device to shoot them into you in such a ‘Heath Robinson’ way? There doesn’t seem to be an actual way of keeping them sitting there, they often just fall onto your skin when you put the device on your skin. And why is it so hard to remove the tape from the sticky part?
Why are there so few alarms available? There are only 4 meal alarms. I need an alarm before each meal – but I would also like another, back up alarm in case I have forgotten to bolus when the first alarm wen toff. Or, even better, a ‘snooze’ facility? Otherwise when you acknowledge the alarm, if you can’t bolus right them as dinner will be too far off, you can still forget.
Why is it so difficult to check when your last bolus, or any type of action, was? It should be REALLY easy to do this. I find it really long-winded and irritating. I would like to be able to cycle through windows that give the status of all facilities at that moment in time. I would like windows for each of the following: A bolus window to tell me that I last bolused , for lunch, half an hour before, and what the dose was. How much insulin on board. When I should next change my site. Which basal pattern I am on. How much time left there is on my temporary basal pattern.