I spent most of the day at my endo's office yesterday starting insulin in my Ping. They like to monitor. Basal testing last night/this am and I'm down from 1.5-1.4 per hr. So far, so good. The tubing no longer bothers me, the sites are a non-issue. I did learn last week on saline to be sure the tubing is not where a Jack Russell foot can kick it when I pick on up. Hurts to have it pulled out! LOL

Last night I threw away my open levemir and novalog pens... with a flourish. So nice to be rid of MDIs!

The CDE I worked with was great, agrees that combo boluses are best for protein/fat meals. So, I'll start there and start working on TAG when I'm more stable. They also like the patient to be in charge of changes, but do want to be notified. I really like this practice!

I'd like to get samples of cleos and orbit minis - does anyone know where I can get them? I've done web searches to no avail.

Thanks so much for all the support and info from TuD. Being well-informed makes the transition so much smoother, having this community is incredibly supportive.

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Comment by Theresa on March 31, 2011 at 9:17am
My son started with insulin in his Ping on 3-21-11. Congratulations!
Comment by Kelly WPA on March 31, 2011 at 10:15am
I wouldn’t have thrown those pens away! You should keep some backup ones in case of a pump malfunction unless you have easy access to a 24 hour pharmacy. My pump broke in Jan and Animas worked thru several things for a week before they decided to replace it. My days were literally half pump & half MDI. The first call to Animas was around midnight and I had to pull the pump that night. The replacement pump broke at 4 AM on a Sunday – the replacement for that showed up at 4 PM on Tuesday. If I did not have Levemir in my fridge, I would have been in trouble.

Did you contact ICU Medical about the Orbits? I got samples from them but I heard a couple months ago they were not doing that anymore – I don’t know if that was a temporary thing or not. ICU Medical is who makes the Orbits so they might be able to help you. I have seen here that Liberty carries them but I don’t know if they do samples or not. My local pharmacy ordered them for me.

Good luck pumping!
Comment by jrtpup on March 31, 2011 at 12:27pm
Kelly, I have plenty more pens.. the ones I tossed were pretty much gone. Sure did feel good :)
I have emailed ICU about samples; I'll try Liberty too, thanks!
Comment by TooSweet4MyOwnGood on March 31, 2011 at 6:16pm
http://www.orbit90.com/how-to-buy.asp this might be what you are looking for. Good luck!

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