I received my insulin pump a week ago from today and I have yet to start to use it. I am very fustrated about it because I first of all tired of sticking my self, secondly because I'm in college its hard for me to find a safe place to store my pens when I'm in class and lastly I have a full-time job.
The first issue I had with insulin pump training is that my endocrinologist at the time ordered the pump for me, but would never be avaliable for training. She discussed with me, that instead of Animas coming to me do to the training, she wanted the training to be done in her office so their is no confusing in treatment and training. I said fine since safety comes first. Of course this did not work out because all of our schedules differed from each other: the doctor scheduled, my schedule, and the Animas Clinical Personnel. When the doctor was avaliable for me to come in the office to do the training, Animas was booked for that day, and when Animas was avaliable to do the trainig, the doctor was either booked or was not in the office. So I decided to switch endocrinologist to find someone who was more cared about my health than their personal advancement.
So I found a new doctor and he agreed that pump therapy was right for me. He also confirmed that I am type 1 diabetic and not type 2 like the old doctor kept telling me. He clearly said, "Why would she treat you for both type 1 and type 2 when clearly according to your labs, your type 1." So since he said that pump therapy was right for me, I continued to ask him to sign the orders for me to get trained by Animas and he kept insisting that I get trained by their diabetic education system at the Diabetic Research Institue at the Univeristy of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
So I started to contact the Diabetic Research Institue and began to ask for more information. Apparently, the only time they offer pump therapy trainings is Wednesdays at 1PM WHICH I AM AT WORK!!! I explained and asked if their was a reason for this and started to ask for suggestions. We then came to an aggreement that I would do Pump Button training with Animas and schedule a letter appointment to do insulin start with them. Animas was ready to do button training, but needed new orders signed since I switched doctors. I called the Diabetic Research Institue back and apparently all the nurses and medical staff were out the office at a conference. I explained the the rep that was there what was going on and she suggested sending her the paper so the doctor could sign them and we could get started. He still refused to sign the paper saying that he asked me to go to the Diabetic Research Institue for training when I can never make their trainings because they are set scheduled in the middle of the day. WHAT SHOULD I DO???