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Mystery bolus?

June 13th, 2008

Today I had a BS of 249 and I needed a correction (obviously) So I p ull out the handy dandy minimed paradigm pump, the bolus wizard tells me to pump in a 1.4 correction according to my ratio. Everything is fine and dandy right?


Two hours later I check my BS 298! What the… I look at the pump and it tells me only .1 units went in.

No alarm. No nothing.

I disconnect from site and manual bolus to see if it does it again. Nothing.

I corrected the 298, everything seems to be working. It seems to be a mystery bolus.

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3 Responses to “Mystery bolus?”

  1. Scott Says:

    This is exactly why I do not trust machines or algorithms to make these decisions, nor do I ever believe a closed-loop system will equate to a “cure” — there’s always likely to be some mistakes that can occur. Nothing can beat the human body’s own exquisite physiology!

  2. Amalas Says:

    Yeah, a machine may make mistakes, but so can humans! People could just as easily forget to bolus for a meal if they were busy, distracted, or rushed.

  3. Karen Says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of that before. Of course, although I’ve been diabetic for almost 29 years, I’ve only been a pumper for two months. But I agree with Amalas – we don’t live in a perfect world. We make mistakes, and our machines do too. It’s frustrating at times, but it’s going to happen.

    Did you call Minimed and report it? Maybe they have some insights.

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