My son just got hooked up to his pump on Tuesday. So excited! He is just on saline now, but gets switched to insulin next Tuesday. I will probably have a million questions...but here are some I already have: 1) The trainer said we do NOT have to alcohol swab the site area. Is that true? Seems to me that it would be important to do so. 2) When we detach (we have the Animas ping) for going in water, do we have to cover the pump site? Does water get in or do I not need to worry about this? 3) The trainer is calculating his basal rate by taking his TDD and dividing it by 24, less 20%, then assuming he will get 50/50 basal/bolus. However, reading Think Like a Pancreas, he suggests taking their Levemir dose and dividing that by 24, less 20%. I get two very different numbers that way. What are others experience with how they calculated basal rates and did it work or not? 4) When your child started on the pump, did you keep him home from school for a few days or send him right away? I'm worried that the insulin doses may be totally off because it's pretty much a guess what he will need, so worried about sending him to school right after he starts on the insulin.