It took us around 6-7 weeks before we felt we had it down fairly well. The first week was like magic...everything worked great...the next week we actually yanked a set and went on Lantus for a day, we were so defeated! However, we kept trying and trying to get it all down and finally it was the best thing ever for the whole family! =] Basal testing REALLY works! Still, we've had to tweak the basals a bunch as time has gone by. I know that Molly will go up or down .025-.05 if she sees a pattern at a certain time of day (and she won't do an actual basal test...though I don't advocate that...just saying!).
A1c did go down and has stayed consistantly down. However, Molly is still honeymooning I'm sure.
We didn't do the extended bolus (on the Ping) for a while. Now, my daughter uses it a lot, especially for oatmeal and high fat dinners.
What we found really helpful after lots of trial and error:
1. Try to put in a new infusion set well before bedtime and hopefully right before you are dosing for a snack/meal. That way, you'll know if it is working well before going to sleep. We spent many late nights trying to problem solve high numbers that "could be" due to the set failing.
2. We had lots of trouble with inserting the insets properly. Finally, we got Animas on the line and had someone give us some tips (like using one hand to hold it flush to the skin and the other hand to squeeze the area that got the set in).
3. For some strange reason, sitting while inserting the infusion set helped us a lot. I think the muscles were more relaxed and the "fat" a bit more bunched up!
4. You don't have to switch out the cartridge when you switch out the infusion set. We filled the cartridge with 3 days worth of insulin, but we had to switch out the set every 2 days. For some reason, Molly liked not having to do both at the same time.
5. After 2 days, if you notice consistantly that the numbers are running higher, you might need to keep to an every 2 day routine. It just made our life so much easier, though it's more costly, for sure. We had our endo write a script for the 2 day and the insurance allowed it.
6. Even though you might want to throw the pump in the trash after a trying day of problem solving...stick with it!
Hope it's smooth sailing for you!
Last edited by obtainedmist; 10-24-2011 at 10:40 AM.
mom to Molly, 21, dx 7/9/10
Pumping with Animas Ping 11/10
Dave, 24, non D
Wife to Bob...great guy!!