Sometimes, for whatever reason, a pod will malfunction and emit a constant high-pitched alarm . Most of the time the PDM responds and tells me something like, “Insulin Delivery Stopped. Change Pod Now.” Once I acknowledge it, the PDM is supposed to tell the pod to stop alarming–or as I call it, screaming.
Well, sometimes the PDM can’t tell the pod to shut up–probably because the pod is just in way too much distress. So the PDM says, “I’m ready for a new pod. Are you ready for one?” and the old pod just keeps screaming away.
There aren’t a lot of options to get it to stop. When it is wintertime, I chuck it into the snow for 2 months. I’ve tried the freezer, but it either isn’t cold enough, or the pods are too dang tenacious. I put one pod in the freezer for 2 days, and it stopped, but no less than 5 minutes after I removed it from the cold, it started up again.
I’ve also tried throwing the pod repeatedly at the ground. That is also not an effective silencer. The other option I’ve read about is prying the pod open and removing the batteries. I’ve actually never tried this, but the next time one goes off, I’m going to town with a screwdriver.