Hi pumpers,im a type 1 diabetic for 35 years now and have been injecting for all those years…a few months ago my Endo finally convinced me to switch to the pump,i had been saying no for 5 years now
Congratulations, you are going to love your pump. I got my Ping the end of September and have had great success with it. My A1C has come down. I’ve dropped off 90 units of insulin a day. Lost some weight and feel great. This is a great place for help and support.
You won’t know until you try it! For me, it works. I wish you luck and success with your new pump.
I still waiting to hear for an approval but from what I have heard from everyone else on here and I’ll quote what I think overall fits “you’ll love it and you’ll wonder why you didnt go on the pump sooner and you’ll never want to do MDI again”. So as it goes, you’ll love it! And I can’t wait to get mine so I can love it too
Great way to put it…lol
Thanks hehe. But it is true. I absolutely can not wait any longer for mine.
Welcome to a whole new way of living as a diabetic! It’s true there is a lot to learn but it’s not as difficult as you would think. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend downloading the insulin pumper’s workbook from the Animas web site and start reading it and doing the exercises. By the time I met with my pump trainer, I already knew just about everything I needed to get started. The trainer had to work out initial basal rates, I:C ratios, etc. The also had to teach inserting the canula. The other stuff I had already learned myself. I waited a long time too and can honestly say I’m sorry I did. The first couple of months are going to be the hardest but hang in there and it will be worth it.
I remember that total and absolute excitement waiting for the approval and processing of my pump. It’s been a long time since I was that excited about anything and it was truly worth it when I got it and started using it. My pump rep said that everyone deserves excitement enough to cause dancing around and to enjoy it, which I have.
thanks for all the encouragement …i have been reading the workbook already and next week i will call to find out when the training begins, im sure it will work out cause all things work for the good!
I get excited when I read the workbook and do the exercises, etc.
I’ve been on a pump for 13 years now - You will love it. Like everything there are moments when you’ll grumble, but on the whole live is very good!
You will love pumping once you get used to it. I have been a diabetic for 33 years myself doing insulin shots for 24 or them and pumping for the last nine. I ordered my ping yesterday and cannot wait for it to get here. I have used other pumps and have not been too thrillled with this last one. I am currently on the Omnipod and hate it but am so looking forward to going on my ping. Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
thanks everyone,,,i start training on dec 28 and have 3 sessions so it looks like jan 8 i will be insulin pumping...
Congratulations for making a great choice! I have been on an Animas 1250 pump for 4 years and it has made a world of difference in my life--above all, more flexibility and no more horrible night lows. The first couple of weeks are tough when you're getting basals fine-tuned, but you will be so glad that you switched to a pump. I'm getting a new Ping this month since the warranty is up on my 1250 at the end of December. Can't wait to have a remote control. Good luck!
Read the Ping user guide about doing basal testing to set your basal rate. You may not need the same amount of insulin per hour around the clock. I have 9 different basal rates for average days. Different schedules require different types of days. I use two different days of the four available.
Also, the Animas Clinical Manager in your area should work with you and your endo for the first 30 days. Has this been set up? My CM was wonderful.
yes my forst appointment for training is Dec 28n then jan 3 then finally jan 8 to start insulin pumping
ive been reading the workbook about the pump,,,,
one more suggestion - ask your trainer if you can do saline in the pump for three days or so and continue with insulin. You treat yourself like there is insulin in the pump for practice but continue to cover yourself the way you have been. I found this got me over the "fear" of overdosing on insulin. The saline practice was great.
How is it going, Mary Ann? I saw this thread and wondered how you were doing. I'm just a tad behind you; my first training is 1/3. I was scheduled for yesterday but the doctor had been dragging his feet about the orders. I'll be interested to hear how you are doing; what is easy, what is hard, etc.
Since we had to reschedule our meeting, my trainer got me started "pushing buttons" on my pump and now I've set the I:C ratios, Correction factor and Targets, which has given me some confidence.
hi zoe! we did the carb ratio,jan 4 is the saline trial for 4 days and then the insulin on jan 8! im nervous about it…