I’ll give the newbie perspective, Amy. You are ahead of the game in that you’ve used the CGMS, though I don’t know what that entails. Two and a half weeks in I am finally getting to the point that I don’t feel I need a cappuchino to do the whole infusion set thing, and I am down to 20 minutes from the hour it took me at first. I mean the whole priming, filling cartridge, inserting process. I also found that the instructions for the full process are in three different locations - the little book, the cartridge insert and the inset insert sheet, which is pretty confusing, so I went and numbered them with which part I follow first, second, etc. It seems complicated at first, but is getting easier. I do still need to read the instructions step by step which I’m sure I won’t do forever. As for the actual insertion I flinched the first time and the second time and then it was no biggie. I find unwinding the tubing, removing the inserter cover, filling the cartridge a lot more challenging; hand/eye coordination are not my best talent!
I ordered both lengths tubing and I like them both in different ways. The short one means less tubing to worry about, but it makes me feel more tethered. The longer one is simpler to just lay on the bed or dresser while I get dressed, but yes, it can hit the floor and I’m 5’6". My trainer did say the pump is pretty sturdy.
Bottom line is I read the whole manual as well as Pumping Insulin but feel I’m learning as I go and when I run into a situation I just post on here and quickly get sever different options! You can only anticipate so much ahead of time.
My trainer isn’t the one who brought me supplies but I ordered them on the phone with the sales person and a whole huge box came with three months worth of supplies, my pump and my meter as well as the manual and the little instruction book, and directions for ordering the ezmanager software and your free skin online. Also make sure you get those little plastic things that you put in when you remove the set to take a bath or shower, I love that option!
I spent the first week going through the manual and programming everything in my pump. Then as I actually used it I changed many things as I learned how it worked as I used it.