So my new Ping arrived late and therefore missed my nurse appointment. I am kind of in a time crunch because I move to Canada in 2 days. I'm working on figuring out myself with the help of my other diabetic brethren. Youtube was my how I learned to use my pump. Technology is really great. See my link below. Im still trying to gauge what my basal rate should be when I start on real insulin. Just started with saline.
Sorry you're under the gun, Bram. I would suggest starting with 25% less for your basal, divide it evenly and then see how you do, correcting as needed.
There's a lot of good info in the Ping Manual and don't hesitate to ask questions on here. I was diagnosed a month before I retired and left California for Guatemala so I have an idea what you're going through. Just figure you will do your best given the circumstances and will get things sorted out in time. Personally I learned more from Pumping Insulin, the manual and TuD than I did from my trainer!
Use the saline time to learn all the settings! Then when you start insulin you will feel more confident~
Zoe said it all. You may want to check a 3am bg for safety a few nights until you are satisfied your overnight is good. Also, watch out for the dawn effect (your liver dumps glucose after you have been asleep about six hours). Your basal may be at its daily highest here.
Bram Zoe and Jay said it pretty much but all is dependent on what type of insuline you're going to pump with. As you know you boluses won't change much but your long acting will i.e. your basal. I personally forget the Ping BG and I use my Dexcon CGM to regulate and any BG meter to keep the CGM in line. You look like a fit young person so make sure you have several basal rates set up for when you are physically more active so you can switch and don't forget to put it back to your "normal" rate. The 25% to 35% Jay mentioned is a good start and know that in the AM you need more and less in the PM if your boluses are working right.
The waterproof is for like swimming and the like, but like you mentioned there are spot to hold the pump if you wish to shower with it. (under arm)
You can be disconnected for 5-10 minutes without much concequence.
Good luck with your move and happy pumping you'll like it and it is one of the best pumps out there. Now only if we could get the Vibe here in NA so we would have the pump and Dexcom in one.