My son is starting to warm up to the idea of a pump, so we're anticipating starting in the next few months. Do you think it would be easier to start while he's on summer break where we can be home a lot and I'm with him, but our eating/sleeping/travel schedule is more erratic, OR wait until school starts back up and we're on a more regular eating/sleeping/exercising schedule, but he'll be at school and I won't be there for frequent testing and to help with issues that arise? Our endo is okay with either - thinks summer might be slightly easier but doesn't have a strong opinion. If we choose to wait until school starts back up, our school nurse is very supportive and helpful and does a great job with the diabetic kids at the school, so she'll be agreeable to doing whatever needs to be done.
Background - my son is 12 and was diagnosed 6 months ago (though it feels like we've been at this forever). He's extremely responsible and does a great job with testing and taking his insulin - he's virtually independent with it all - just has adult help as a check step and for reassurance. He's still honeymooning, so that adds another question - pump soon or wait until the honeymoon is over? He has really good control on MDI, but he's an athlete and it would be nice to have some flexibility with basal dosing to accomodate activity and to be able to bolus a little more discreetly when he's with friends.
Thanks for sharing your advice and experience.