Animas Insulin Pump Users


Animas Insulin Pump Users

For users of any model of Animas insulin pumps.

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We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Contact Detach - 6mm or 8mm

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Animus Pump Enquiry

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Ping vs. Vibe

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Tubing disconnected from insulin cartridge while inside pump - I was dancing!

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Diasend print out editting

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Hard lump at infusion site

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Pump out of warranty

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Started by Jen. Last reply by Jen Mar 19. 28 Replies

Site Change

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Ping users, I'm in the market for my first pump

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Pink screen?

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Problems ordering from Animas

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Rotating clip for ping

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Food database

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Animas Vibe In The US

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Animas or Omnipod

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Comment by Michele on January 6, 2010 at 6:57am
Hi FlyWilley,
It hasn't been too bad - my basals were set too low intitially so I had some pretty high numbers first couple days, but my doc and the pump trainer were very helpful in making rapid adjustments. I was already taking bolus shots for every carb that crossed my lips - often 6-7 times a day plus lantus, plus correction shots too, so that made the transition much easier. My basal stayed pretty stable - 95% of my lantus dose , but carb ratios and ISF still giving me problems. The Animas people are awesome - will check in daily or more if you need it, to help make adjustments. Keeping the logs is a pain, though. I am still waiting for the software to arrive. So I am handwriting the logs and faxing them in. I have a Mac, so the spreadsheet pump trainer emailed me won't open on my computer. But she says when the software comes, I shouldn't have to write down ANYTHING, just download the pump and send. Keeping track of the bolus is the hardest - best to write it down when you give it, because the HISTORY function on the pump doesn't give you the amounts for the correction and IOB, just the total bolus given. They want you to fill in all that info on the chart. I figured this out the hard way, as I had to calculate backwards to see what I took for correction and what I subtracted for IOB. That's my best tip for the logs!!! Maybe you'll be lucky enough to have the software right off the bat. For some reason, it wasn't available when they shipped my pump 12/8. I've also heard that the software doesn't work as well on Macs. My 13 year old is a computer whiz, so I'm praying he'll figure it out for me because I am tired of remembering to record the bolus info. I felt a bit overwhelmed at first, but it's much better now. The site changes surprisingly do not hurt AT ALL! And I've gotten pretty fast at doing it. Navigating the pump is really easy - it is extremely user-friendly. I almost dumped it in the toilet a few times. Sleeping the first few nights was awkward, but I don't notice it at all anymore. Overall, a nice transition. But don't despair if it takes a little bit to get the sugars looking better at first. Be prepared to test alot. I spent the first few days doing lots of ketone sticks too! Also, look at the forum on where to wear it - "To hide or not" started by Elizabeth, if you haven't already. Lots of good tips there. Best wishes!
Comment by FlyWilley on January 5, 2010 at 7:55pm
Hi Michelle, I just got my pump and go for training on Thurs. As a 1st time pumper of the same pump (Ping), was it hard getting started and keeping the logs? I'm usually good at book keeping but for some reason I feel very anxious about this. Any tips?
Comment by Michele on January 5, 2010 at 5:12pm
Hi Mark. Pump is nice and bright; it's the meter that's hard to see in the dark. If the meter was as bright as the pump, it would be perfect!
Comment by Myriah on January 5, 2010 at 2:36pm
mark, i'm currently on the POD and am gathering feedback from PING users, so i can make the switch.....did you have problems with the POD like me?? or why did you switch?
Comment by Mark on January 5, 2010 at 2:26pm
Hey Michele - Just read your post about it not being very bright. I don't know about yours but sometimes I use mine as a flashlight it is so bright. I've even used it to check in on the kids at night. LOL. I use Lithium batteries and hit the brightness button, located on the edge of the pump with a symbol that looks like a key. There are three settings of brightness.

I've been on the minimed for years, then switched to the Omnipod (No wires and waterproof) only to compromise and move to the ping. Love it. Swimming with it is great too. So nice to not have to bolus after swimming.
Comment by Elizabeth on January 5, 2010 at 2:15pm

I have the Ping as well and now that I've gotten over the kinks, I love this pump! Pretty much, everything Michele says is true. I agree with the light issue as I too am an ex-freestyler and the issue with not having the ability to change things on the remote. I was in a wedding recently and had to tuck my pump, but because of the delay with dinner and not having lunch, I needed to temp change my basal. Well, I had to dig it out and it wasn't easy! But besides those few little things, I love this pump! I cannot wait to see how much my a1c has changed since pumping, just two more weeks!!!
Comment by Michele on January 4, 2010 at 3:40pm
I am loving my Ping. It's small, easy to hide, and nice looking if you have it out where others can see. The fun skins make it look like a cell phone or MP3 player. The inset is comfortable, and comes in bright colors. I haven't worn it swimming yet, but have worn it in the shower. Really glad it's waterproof, as I've almost dumped it in the toilet a few times. The customer support is really good - the CDEs are knowledgeable and check in with you every day at first to help adjust the settings. I haven't tried the software yet - it wasn't available when I got my pump December 8, but it's on its way. The remote meter is covenient - nice to bolus without taking out the pump. BUT it is big and bulky, doesn't light up very brightly for those 2 am checks, and doesn't have a nice light illuminating the test strip like my old Freestyle meter does. It is basically the same as the One Touch Ultrasmart meter, which I used in 2005 and didn't like it then either. You can bolus from the meter remote, but to change basal settings including using the temporary basal settings for the gym, etc. you have to pull the pump out. I'd like it better if EVERYTHING could be done from the meter remote. It also has a very small basal increment of 0.025 which is great if you are very insulin sensitive like I am. I don't have any pain with bolus delivery, but some people do complain about pain with the rapid delivery of the bolus. There is a feature that lets you slow down the bolus rate. I like the bright easy- to- navigate screen on the pump. Overall, I am very pleased with it and would highly recommend it. I should note that this is my first pump, so I don't have anything with which to compare it. It would be interesting to hear what others think who have tried different pumps. I chose this one because my doctor thought it would be the best for me. Good luck!
Comment by Myriah on January 4, 2010 at 12:48pm
so....i'm considering the PING!
i would like any thoughts about this pump, good and bad please....thanks!!! ;-)
Comment by Rose Joelle on November 20, 2009 at 9:02pm
Re: The Animas Company and billing issues - I dont even have a pump - I had to return the pump I was going to get without even getting to open the box : ( It was really sad but it was suposed to be simple - almost a month later I was making follow up calls constantly and and emailing the rep I hafd been working with - I felt like maybe I was being too paranoid and maybe being a pest when I finally sent this uncharacteristically pushy email - " I was looking back at my emails and found that when you last emailed me on November 3rd you had found out that the pump return had been processed and that the return label should have been on the way to me. I am a little concerned because I have not received the return label and my insurance company was not aware of the return when I contacted them on Monday. Is there someone I should call to see about the return label? I am just worried that if the return isn't done and processed through my insurance by a certain date it will not go through before January and they will have to turn down my claim then if it looks like i am trying to order another pump or they will not return my deductible for this year. In addition I made a 500.00 payment to animas that I am hoping will be returned when the pump is physically back with the company. If I need to pay for the return shipping myself please let me know. Sorry to hassle you again : ( " He emailed back and advised I call Animas yet again - so I did and guess what - they had not sent the return lable, they apologized and said it was urget I send the box as soon as I got the lable yet it was Thurs and they werent sending it until this Monday !!! What???? !!! ???? I am going to be away for three days for Thanksgiving - so they asked it I had a friend or someone who could get my mail and send the box back - ugh! I am so stressed! I know that places get busy and things can happen but it is frustrating and I feel super helpless! I should have just paid the shipping and sent it back myself. Now I am worried when I send it back they will take forever or mess up processing it ! To make matters even worse i got two bills in the mail from Animas yesterday! One was dated from the 3rd - same bill with a late warning dated from the 18th - both arrieved on the same day for a pump I havent even opened and will never use! I am sad and frustrated. Because of the way my finances and insurace is I cant have a pump but now because of this maddness the experience has been even more of a bummer and a pain in the ass! I hate diabetes so much. My feet feel numb or awful, my eyes are getting worse and i am just damn depressed!
Comment by Don Kelly on October 7, 2009 at 6:30pm
After all the false starts,, and other headaches.. I've started my pump TODAY ! I've joined the tethered ranks of pumpers ! Yea ! I've only got a saline start but I went through all the motions and the rep was very happy. He told me if it hadn't been Wednesday he would have started me today on insulin. Wednesday would only give me one chance to change my site before the weekend and he wanted me to have local support for more that 2 days. So Monday we start insulin ! Yea !!! The hardest part of my start ? When changing pants not dropping the pump ...

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