Hello! I'm new here to this group. I just started the pump training process a few weeks ago. I'm switching from pen needles to the Revel 523 (?I think. 52something). It's been SUCH a long process and I am so exhausted. I know going to the pump is the best thing for me, but oh the countless classes I've had to take and the childcare I've had to arrange. It's SO stressful. The frustrating thing is I was so excited about going on the pump and getting better control of my bs, but now I just feel overwhelmed and defeated.I guess it's just a big step. Hopefully my supplies will arrive soon and I can get started. I am using the Mio infusion set and getting a new Bayer meter that I guess interacts with my pump. I'm just really nervous about everything. After everything arrives my nurse said I have to come in for an 8 hour training session to get it set up and everything. Oh my goodness I've already been at the Dr.'s office over 16 hours this month alone!!! I'm trying to stay positive and I know this will be the right thing to do, but is it normal to be so completely overwhelmed?!
Also I have to say browsing the forum and groups I am so amazed at the amount of knowledge people here have about diabetes in general but more specifically at how much they know about their bodies in general. It is awe-inspiring. I've only been diagnosed as a T1 for about a year (I'm LADA) but I feel so clueless about it all sometimes. I hope that I can learn and grow and get to know all this stuff so well too someday. I think the conversations people have here are really helpful and I'm so thankful for Tudiabetes. I don't get this kind of support from my own family!
Don't despair--we've all been there. I hope you will get to enjoy the benefits that the pump offers soon. I've been on the pump for 14 years and it has been wonderful for me. Yes, it's a lot of information to process, but it will all become normal soon, and give you a lot of flexibility and stability. Hang in there!
You can go to http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com and read up on the pump. and if you know the info they used name address-etc you can sign up and start using the E-learning on the web site. this way you can get a head start.
P.S. you sure its not a 723? the 5 series I think is no longer made.
Thats what I have the 723 and I started pumping on DEC 4 2012
Revel 723 is just a larger insulin syringe than the Revel 523. They are the same pun otherwise. They are the latest version of he Minimed pump.
MKSSS, you should read "Think Like a Pancreas..." if you have not already. It is a great reference for T1D mgmt.
I did start it a few weeks ago and I really struggled with the all the numbers and the basal info (I'm really bad at math), but I think now that I've started some pump training I will go back and reread since I think some of this might make more sense to me. Thanks!
oops had a brain fart Its the 522 i was thinking about.
It is just like learning to manage diabetes all over again...yes, overwhelming at first but does get better. Good luck!
Thank you so much. This site in invaluable! I so thankful for so many caring helpful people!
MKSSS, I'm new to the pump too, so I can relate that it is all so overwhelming!!! Like u I was so excited to get & start my pump, but I've been having infusion set problems with the quick set and had to stop pumping for a couple of days until we got it sorted out.
Ask Medtronics about instructions instead of going to the dr's office. I did that and the educator came right to my house!! Not traveling, child care, parking etc. Just sitting in my own home with the educator. It only took 90 mins because it was just me and not a classroom full of people asking questions. I had 2 appts with her and at first infused saline for a few days and then started insulin. I just restarted insulin today and I think I need a few things adjusted as I have a headache and have already had a couple of lows today. But, I'll just call the endo & speak with the nurse and hopefully she will give me some adjustments to my settings. I'm told that's how it works with my endo's office.
Hang in there!! We'll be pro's at this before we know it!! I'm really looking forward to better BG control and more flexibility. Thinking of you as you start your pump!!