It’s been about a month since MiniMed Connect began shipping. I was fortunate to be part of a pilot group testing MiniMed Connect before it’s official launch, so I’ve actually been using it for about two months now. (Disclosure: As part of the pilot group, I received my Minimed Connect free of charge, in return for providing feedback about my experiences with the system.) I’ve done a post for The Loop about my first impressions, which you can find here.
One of the most frequent concerns I hear about MiniMed Connect is that the uploader is just one more thing to carry around. And I’ll admit, that was a concern of mine too. Not just for the hassle, but for the fear of losing it. The first time I put it in my jeans pocket I could see this wouldn’t be a secure place to store it. My DKNY jeans have ridiculously shallow pockets and it seemed like it would be way too easy for the uploader to fall out. So I came up with another way to carry my uploader that feels both secure and hassle free. I use a cell phone charm strap!
First, I perused Amazon and found 100(!!) straps for about $5. I’ve actually broken one so far, but I’ve got 98 more on hand should the one I’m currently using break. Anyway, I threaded the strap through hole in my phone case for the mute switch thingie (official technical term - not!!).
And then I attached an old key chain loop to the top of the uploader and clipped that to the charm holder.
And it’s been working perfectly. The uploader just needs to be within
about 6 feet of my pump, which is fine because my phone is usually just a few feet
away. The only problem I’ve had is when my laptop is between my phone
and my pump. Some electronic devices can disturb the frequency, but
solving it is as easy as moving the phone next to my pump instead of
next to my laptop.
There you go, my solution to the “I don't want to carry around one more thing” dilemma of the uploader. It’s now part of my phone, which I’m carrying around anyway!
I’m hoping that between this post and the Loop post, I’ve answered any questions you might have about MiniMed Connect. But if I’ve missed anything, leave your question in the comments and I’d be happy to share my experience!
** My Medtronic disclosure can be found here. **