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The switch

I have been using the Medtronic insulin pump for the last four years. When my pump warranty was up in December, I decided to make the switch to the Animas Ping. Medtronic has been good to me, but I like the features the Ping offered. Mostly the fact that its water resistant, and being able to bolus from the meter remote…and of course the anticipated Dexcom/animas integration.

I finally got my pump yesterday (there was a little mix up with my paperwork) and was excited to get started on it. A lady called from my doctors office offering training for the pump, but I was too impatient to wait for that.

I figured it would be relatively quick setting the pump up…boy was I wrong. The Animas Ping is a lot different from my trusty MM pump. It took an hour and a half to enter all my basal rates, I:C ratios, sensitivity factor, etc AND figure out how to fill the new cartridge with insulin and insert the infusion set. After years of using the same system, these little differences can trip you up.

I finally figured out everything…I have the meter remote and pump synced up and all my settings in place. The only thing I’m having trouble with is that when I try to bolus from the Meter, it doesn’t give me the EZ carb option…it goes straight to the “normal bolus” and I don’t know how to get the option for the calculations. And I can’t do diabetes math! Does anyone know how to get that option back up on the meter??

I am enjoying the pump so far, but its a little sad to leave my Medtronic pump, Dave, behind.




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