It shouldn't make any difference if you pull out your test strip; the number is recorded and you still have to go to the bolus menu.
I don't think any of us have any tips for scrolling; it's pretty much what everyone dislikes about the Ping. I love having a remote, and wouldn't change to a pump without one, but the scrolling thing is a pain. I'd have to adjust to seeing the amount already plugged in, but it would certainly be an advantage - I could always alter it from there. The only thing about scrolling is your fingers get a bit more used to letting go at the right time...sort of.
You know what you're right...I just tried it...I automatically pull the strip out and it does add another step. But dumb question, with the medtronic where you don't have a meter/remote, don't you have to manually input your blood sugar from your meter?
Oh, I see; I didn't know it sent the number to the pump! I really think it's just what you're used to. When you say it's an extra step to get the remote out? Don't you take out your meter to test before bolusing? To me it would seem like an extra step to test, then put the meter down and pick up the pump to actually bolus! Yep, it's definitely what you're used to.
Oh, relatively experienced I might be but I totally hadn't given any thought at all to the fact that I was adding a step by pulling out the strip! And another negative to the Ping is how slow that first step is, so I'm going to work on retraining myself not to do that. Thanks for the fresh eyes!
Yes, I prefer the remote and am not interested at all in a CGM, so the Ping works for me.I actually don't know if you can stay with the Ping once the Vibe comes out. But I'm only going on two years and by the time I'm ready for a new pump the new ones out will be a little more tested and more people will have info on them, so I can look at my options. But I don't think I'm giving up my meter remote any time soon; my new favorite place is hooked to the center of my bra. Everyone always said "in my bra" but I have perfectly fitting bras so there is no "in". But hooked to it works great and I don't know it's there. Only the very thinnest fabrics does it show through.
My understanding is that the Vibe has the feature, and wondering how that is possible? There is no way that my daughter could safely use the Ping because of her disability so we are hoping that the Vibe gets approved soon.
Yeah, scrolling with the Ping is a pain. I've had mine for three and a half years, and I still sometimes miss my mark by five or so units the first try.
You can pull out the strip once you've chosen the bolus option. I don't usually pull it out until I've finished bolusing, but the more you use it, the sooner you'll find the method that works best for you.
I don't recall if the Ping has the equivalent of 'easy bolus', but if you're only taking 2 - 2.5 units, and not using dual/square wave, you could check to see if that is available.
For example, if you can set the easy bolus to .5 units, you would hit the 'easy bolus' button 5 times for 2.5 units.
I use MM, and frequently use the 'easy bolus' for small doses.
No the Ping doesn't have that.
Just searched the Animas Ping user guide and found the following. Sounds very similar to the MM easy bolus.
Audio Bolus and ezBolus™
The Audio Bolus feature of the OneTouch®
Ping™ Insulin Pump allows you to bolus without looking at
the screen display. If you do not wish to use the Audio Bolus feature, this button serves as a shortcut to the Normal Bolus screen. See ezBolus™
, page 61 in this chapter.
1. Turn on Audio Bolus in the Setup Advanced menu and select your preferred step size. See Chapter 10 in Section I, pages 49–58.
2. The Audio Bolus button is the soft rubber button on the end of your pump. Press it once. Your pump will beep (or vibrate) to indicate you’ve accessed Audio Bolus mode as well as indicate the step size.
3. Press the Audio Bolus button once for each step size you’ve programmed
to reach the desired total amount. For example, if you are using 1.0U step
size and you wish to bolus 4 units, press the button 4 times. You will hear a
beep tone or vibrate for each button press. If you are using 0.5U step size and
you wish to bolus 4 units, press the button 8 times.
4. Within 5 seconds, your pump will respond with a number of confirmation beeps equal to the number of times you pressed the Audio Bolus button.
5. Within 5 seconds, your pump will beep twice to “ask” you to confirm that
you wish to activate delivery and “Confirm” is displayed on the Audio Bolus
6. Within 5 seconds, press the button again to activate delivery. Your pump
will beep twice to confirm your delivery command. The DELIVERING bolus
screen is displayed and your pump will beep once to signal the start of
delivery and once to signal end of delivery (if you turned on Normal Bolus
Sounds in Setup).
Ah, I have never felt I had a reason to use the audio bolus. I think of it as something for special circumstances where you don't have visual access.