I started out in the diabetic journey as a Type 2 diabetic, and took lots and lots of different oral medications with limited success. Nothing really worked. Finally my endo thought there was more to this and did some tests, and antibidies were found, thus LADA was the logical diagnosis. I started on insulin and instantly felt better. There were still problems with my A1-c and kidney function.
Fast forward to about a year ago, Collectively, my endo and I decided that a pump would be in my best interest. My insurance carrier didn't agree so I still was taking seven shots a day. My kidneys continued to show poor function. Last summer, we tried for a pump again, and it was finally granted. I chose a black Animas Ping. On the day I was to get it, I took an afternoon off from work to be sure that it would be received from UPS. I received a call from the Animas trainer. He told me to read the instruction book a couple of times, begin using the meter immediately, and but the battery in the pump and begin to munipulate it as directed in the manual. He also set a training day...three weeks later.
Animas has been wonderful. They sent the pump kit, infusion sets and reservoirs. I was ready to go. I had to stare at this pump for three weeks, while taking seven shots each day. Finally my training day arrived, and the trainer and CDE set my basel levels, gave me instructions for bolus and I filled a reservoir with insulin, loaded the pump, placed my very first infusion set and I am pumping. The second that infusion set was placed, I knew the pump would be life-changing.
I would be hard pressed to go back to seven shots per day.