Getting the pump wasn't that hard. It took 2 months from first visit live pumping. I had to go thru tests, insurance approval, shipping, saline start and then the live start.
My starting settings were close and it took me about 3 or 4 weeks to narrow it down to where I was happy. Now I change them whenever I don't like something.
The biggest "trick" for me was to get the carb counting sorted out. If you can get the numbers for your carb intake right, the pump will be a breeze - a couple of menu items, push button, change supplies.... :) Yeah, I am making it sound really easy. You have to have a "CAN DO" attitude. The biggest issue for me was the fact that I had this attachment with me wherever I went...
I was formally diagnosed in 1994, and did't get the pump until 1999, because my doc was reluctant and thought it was more trouble than it was worth. Little did he know. Literally. So I was pretty much on my own with the pump, and used books such as Pumping Insulin by John Walsh to get me on the right track. He has some wonderful advice there.
I did OK until last year, when my insulin requirements suddenly went up, and I was really at a loss as to what to do about it. So I went into a coma and almost died -- my friends came looking for me when I didn't show up at a picnic I was supposed to go to, and rushed me to the ER.
I now have a new endo, who is a Type 1 himself, and I trust him to be able to handle emergencies, although I hope I never have another one!
Because I am type 1 I didn't need to have pre-authorization from my insurance company, so I received my pump in 1 week. I received it right before Christmas. I just waiting on the training session at the end of the month. A co-worker has a pump and he was the nudge for me to go ahead an get one. He said it took him a couple of months to adjust and get everything working right. He said he'd never go back to MDI. I hope he's right!
I went on the pump about 6 months after I was told I am type 1. I had been told I was type 2 two years before that, which was so wrong! The pump is so much better than MDI! It took a month or so for me to adjust to having a device attached to me, now it is just part of me!
I think too it depends on how tightly you are controlled on MDI's as to how quickly you get the pump calibrated. I was not tightly controlled on MDI's, I "did my own thing", never counted, just said I am eating this so I will inject that. Yep, All over the place. So for me, it took a good two months to get really comfortable with the pump. I had to completely readjust my habits. I was ready many times to take the pump and see how far I could throw it. But it's second nature now. The new checklist when leaving is "purse, keys, pump, Dex!" Wouldn't trade it for a thing!
It took about 6 months to get the pump, it took about 6 minutes to get used to the pump. The 3 day insulin interval and the infusion sets are taking a bit longer to get used to. I have been using my Revel since December 21, 2010. I have had severe lows for many, many years and Novalog affects my system faster and in a more strong manner than anyone my endocrinologists have ever seen. (Humalog is faster, harsher, and worse.) Pre pump Blood Glucose ranged from 27 to 383, since the pump B.G.'s range from 58 to 309. I am completely sold on my Revel. After so many years of Multiple Daily Injections and hourly BG checks this little black box on my belt saves me more time and allows me more freedom than I have had since I was diagnosed in 1982. Things are much more even now....
I got my pump about a year after diagnosis, and received my pump and sensor about 1-2 weeks after I started the process. It was very quick. Went on it, no saline trial - right to insulin. I was under good control on MDI, but was doing so many shots to gain it, so the results on the pump were not so much different for me.
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