I started my Ping today. I watched the Orientation DVD and just figured out everything I needed to do.
I’m OK with my decision to switch from Medtronic, but I haven’t discovered one thing yet that is better with the Ping than my Medtronic pump. I have to remember that this switch was made in order to get the Animas/Dexcom combo whenever it is released.
I really have no interest in the remote, so suspect I’ll abandon this meter fairly quickly to use the Verio instead. I have a ton of blue strips so I’ll give the remote meter a fair trial.
It’s been a bit frustrating to deal with the continual incompatibility of these devices. The orientation film and patient booklet keep talking about the EZ Manager Max, but it’s not compatible with Windows 7 which has been out for over 3 years. I assume they’re letting this software bite the dust, but then they should upgrade their training materials to stop mentioning it. Diasend indicates that it’s compatible with the Verio, but when I registered, the Verio is not one of the meters that you can register with. I was also surprised that when I filled out the patient info online at Animas, they didn’t even mention the Revel 523 as one of the “previous” pumps. It only went up to the 522. That’s just sloppy IMO.
I haven’t been super bothered by the cumbersome menus because I was expecting that. Slowly but surely I’m find where to find the info that I want. For example, IOB is on Status Screen 2.
I’m used to being very excited about technology changes in my diabetes care. I feel kind of blah about this change. However, tomorrow my Dex4 sensors finally arrive and I’m very excited about this change. My recent 7+ sensors haven’t been great and I’ve been consistently getting woken up at night by false alarm lows. I’ve read that the Gen4 sensors do a much better job of avoiding false lows.
And like everyone else, I am truly looking forward to the Vibe or whatever they call it in the USA.