I don’t know what it is about weekends, holidays and vacations, but it seems like my insulin pumps (I’ve gone through quite a few in the short time I’ve been on the pump) always malfunction and need to be replaced during these times.
Yesterday, on the eve of a holiday in Tel Aviv, when most people were settling down for a long weekend, I was sitting with my son discussing his programming homework. Suddenly we heard a double beep coming from my pump.
I unclipped the pump, looked at the screen and saw a new and unfamiliar error message flashing at me, MOTOR ERROR. (I have had a few BUTTON ERRORs and Delivery issues in the past.) It was immediately clear that I was heading for another replacement pump, my fourth or fifth, I’ve lost count.
“Oh shit, here we go again,” I said as I grabbed my phone.
With fear of a long rollercoaster weekend in my mind I called Daniela, the Medtronic sales rep who saved me once before (she lives just a few blocks away).
“Hi, Daniela,” I said when she answered her cell. “It’s Mike Aviad, you helped me once with my pump…”
“Yes. I remember.” she said, “How can I help you?”
I told her about the MOTOR ERROR and asked what I should do.
She told me she was away for the weekend but said that I should try taking out the battery for 15 minutes and then replacing it and “if that doesn’t work here is the 1-800 number…”
I did as Daniela suggesting, wondering about the “15 minutes.” Why not just switch the battery? What’s with the resting period?
Waiting didn’t do the trick, instead I got another error BAT OUT LIMIT. So I called the emergency line, preparing myself for a fight.
Surprisingly, there was no need to argue. The man on the phone asked me where I lived and said that their delivery guy, Ronen, would contact me soon.
A few minutes later I got a call from Ronen. “I’m on my way,” he said with a tired voice.
Twenty minutes later he arrived. He opened the trunk of his car where he had a box with a few pumps and other supplies. I asked for a clear or black pump (please not purple).
He looked through the boxes. There were Blue, Black and Purple pumps but no clear. So I tool the black.
Happy, relieved and impressed with the service, I took my new pump in my hands, looked at it and felt good. Then I realized I had to set it up but I don’t remember my settings (they were saved in the old pump). Oh well, I thought to myself, things could be worse.