Hi All - I am switching to a pump from insulin pens after 10 years. Any tips appreciated on making the switch or using the pump while doing active events? Also, I am doing a saline trial this week, is it really helpful?


Views: 83

Replies to This Discussion

Congratulations! I've had my Ping for almost two years now and love it. Some people think the saline is a waste of time. For me, I liked it because I could figure out all the settings and learn how to insert a set without having to worry about insulin doses at the same time. It kind of broke the whole learning curve down into more manageable steps.

And there definitely is a learning curve! Some of us find it harder than others, but many people say it's from a few weeks to a few months till things fall into place so don't feel frustrated. Generally you start out on conservative basals and will, as a result be high and have to slowly lower it. It takes time to figure out how many different "time zones" you want to provide different basal rates for your different needs at different times. Some people do basal testing, I just looked for patterns of highs and lows and raised or lowered dose for those times (two hours before the problem occurs).

My best advice? Get "Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh. It's like a bible. Also read over your Ping manual step by step to see how you want to set things. It all takes time, but it's worth it!

Thanks Zoe! Yeah it sounds like it there is going to be a testing curve at the start. Thanks for the rec on the book, I will certainly look into that.




From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance

Diabetes Hands Foundation is incredibly honored to join the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, an organization with the drive and potential to affect a powerful, positive impact on diabetes and healthcare policy. Diabetes Advocacy Alliance is a 20-member coalition of leading professional Read on! →

Helmsley Charitable Trust Renews Support for DHF

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2015   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service