My reaction is ...
Originally Posted by The Landrys
I would say almost no one starts on a pump in the hospital these days anyway - unless there are other medical issues.
A CDE who was an Animas rep and also employed by our HMO came to our house to do the training and start him on his pump - took about 3 hours one morning.
There is NO way I'd agree to do a pump start in a hospital (assuming no other issue). You (and your child if old enough) need to learn how to fill the reservoir, change sets, troubleshoot, and work the pump. And you need to have back-up short and long acting insulin. The short-term learning curve is no way near as steep as being dx'd with type 1 - and needing a hospital stay so the staff can train the parents on how to care for the child.
I'm not encouraging you to go off with the book on your own but that is ridiculous. I'm surprised that insurance would even pay for the hospital stay this is so unnecessary.
mom to William, age 11, dx'd 3/04 and started pumping 10/04 - Animas 1200. Animas Ping started 01/09; cgms Navigator start 4/6/09; RIP Navigator 9-1-11, Dexcom 7+start 10/11, G4 start 11/12.
and mom to Rod (15) not D