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Carelink Oh My – Type 1 Diabetes

What’s a CareLink

I just had my ten year old Type One Diabetic son, “Matt,” in for a ninety day endocrinology appointment.  The nurse practitioner wanted me start using the Medtronic Carelink as soon as possible.

The NP completely changed his whole pump settings.  She cut his insulin bolus at meals in half.  She then raised his basal insulin rates extremely high.  To this day, I’m not sure why she didn’t want him to receive so much coverage at meals, but I trust her.  She is a Type One Diabetic herself.

She wanted me to set up the Carelink so her and I could phone conference two days after our appointment.  I knew I had tried to set up the Carelink before and was unable to.  The scenario intimidated me a bit.

How It Works

To use the Carelink, with the Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pump, the Contour Next Link is needed.  The cap has to be taken off the meter, which turns the blood testing meter into a USB.  The “USB Meter” is placed into the computer.

Type 1 Diabetes, Medtronic Minimed Insulin Pump. This is the pump mentioned in this post that works with Carelink and the Bayer Contour Next Meter.

Type 1 Diabetes. This is the Meter with the cap off, how it turns into a USB to plug into the computer.

At that point, I set up my account.  I first went to Medtronic.com.  Click on Carelink under the Sign In Option on the right top hand side of the screen.  About midway down the screen you can click on the “Register Here,” blue button to set up your account.

Once you have an account, I recommend calling Medtronic I.T. at 1.800.646.4633 (toll-free).  What I learned by calling them was priceless.  First, the Carelink needs Java (the current version downloaded).  Secondly, the software is only supported by Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Consequently, that is why I couldn’t get the Carelink to function before, I was using Google Chrome.  So the operator on the phone spent about twenty minutes with me.  He helped me download the Java.  He also made sure I was able to download the whole meter, which was very nice!  The took almost a half an hour.

If you go through this process, just know it isn’t going to be super fast.  This was a process for sure!  My Internet Explorer would not run right, so I was only able to get Carelink going in the Mozilla Firefox Browser.

Contour Next Meter Checking System. Type 1 Diabetes.

Wonderful Results

All the hard work and tension paid off.  I set up the whole thing.  Downloading the meter almost daily has become a habit.  I’m not sure what all the lines and marks mean yet.  But, I let the Endocrinology know my username and password and now they can see the levels too!

Currently, we are tweaking his pump settings.  The goal is to keep My T1D as stable as possible.  If you haven’t already, I would definitely make this connection.

My son has a Dexcom, but the Endocrinologist is much more comfortable going with the Carelink numbers.  I am ecstatic just to get his rollercoaster of numbers every day more streamlined.  Matt went high the first few days before I conferenced with the Nurse Practitioner.  Matt complained that he felt very sick.

However, since we have accomplished much steadier blood sugar levels, Matt seems to have much more energy.  He is back to pacing and jumping often.  It is good to see him feeling better.

Type 1 Diabetes. This is the Bayer Contour Meter being used for checking glucose levels as opposed to using it for Carelink as the USB.

That’s my tutorial on how to use the Medtronic CareLink.  Thanks for stopping by today, come again soon.  Blessings to you and yours today and always,


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I live in Columbus, Ohio USA, grown up here all my life. I love yoga, walking, riding bike, reading, bargain shopping, serving at church. Usually though, I'm napping in a doctor's office waiting area with one or two of the Fantastic Four Children. My passion is helping other families with extra health, behavioral, and learning issues like mine. Let's enjoy life... TOGETHER. It's more fun that way =)!

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