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New pumper

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Brady'sMoma11, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Brady'sMoma11

    Brady'sMoma11 Approved members

    Feb 11, 2010
    My son is about to start pumping July 27 with the Animas Ping. This is a good two weeks before he starts middle school. I hope that this is enough time to work out any kinks that can occur. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or anything I should have a heads up about during those two weeks.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  2. GaPeach

    GaPeach Approved members

    Dec 29, 2007
    I think that you will have plenty of time to adjust.

    Test frequently. Stay in touch with your endo for changes to the basal program. Try and do a few basal tests if you can. Basal testing begins about 4 hours after the last bolus and requires no carb/boluses for a 4 to 6 hour period thereafter. Overnight is easy. Morning is easy if you let your son have a late night snack and then sleep in (skip breakfast). Mid-day and early evening tests are the hardest to do :( because kids get hungry. You can let him have "free foods" during the testing time but I still try to limit them as well.

    During the Basal test time - you will want to check every 1 or 2 hours to make sure BG is staying level. You should not have a swing of more than 30 points during the no carb/no bolus time period.

    Here's an article than explains it in more detail:
  3. McKenna'smom

    McKenna'smom Approved members

    Jan 5, 2010
    We just starting pumping with a ping and our first week was a little rough as we tried to find the right balance between basals and carb ratios. Now that we have worked out the kinks, I love the ping and my daughter's numbers are in range much more of the time now.

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