Insulin pump use in cold weather

By mjhorgan Latest Reply 2014-02-28 20:05:27 -0600
Started 2014-02-28 17:05:16 -0600

How do people deal with an insulin pump while skiing in COLD weather. I have been using mine for years, and I think I found the ideal way to wear the pump and get access to it when I need. The first year I used the pump I had to deal with frozen tubing line blocking my insulin delivery. I worked out other ways to wear the pump so I don't have the freezing problem, and I can still ski the steep advanced trails I love to ski.

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Type1Lou 2014-02-28 18:49:44 -0600 Report

So happy you've solved your problem! I was an avid skier before moving to Florida in 2005. (It's the only sport I've ever been any good at!) I had diabetes then but was not pumping so didn't have the frozen tubing problem…always carried glucose tabs with me though. My husband and I skied all of the trails at Killington (at that time there were 107 I think…probably way more now) It's been a great winter for skiers what with all the snow…we did the June 1 fun slalom at Killington one year in the morning and played golf in Rutland in the afternoon!…those were younger days!

mjhorgan 2014-02-28 20:05:27 -0600 Report

We like to ski KIllington, it's a fun place lot's of variety. My wife and I just got back from a week of skiing at Vail. Vail is a very big area, so I always carried glucose tabs, a few glucose gels packs, and even a pocket cookie… just in case. I used my CGM with the minimed guardian for early alarms and quick checks of my BG. I strapped my pump to my chest to prevent freezing, and used the pump remote control to bolus or suspend when needed. However, now my Minimed CGM crapped out on me. Don't think I will go back to the minimed CGM, just too unreliable. WHen the CGM worked it was great for skiing.

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