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Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's done

It is with two parts trepidation, one part anticipation, and one part, "what the crap am I doing?"; that I would like to announce that the paper work has been signed, sent in, received, and insurance is a-go... it's pump time!

I'm going to hold back on which pump we chose, so I can make it into a fun contest... just leave a comment on this post guessing either Ping or Omnipod.

I'll put all correct guesses into a hat and the winner will be announced sometime next week (when we receive the pump). The prize is to be determined (don't worry, it won't be lame... or will it? Mwah hah hah hah).

Oh yeah, and if you already know (as in I have told you), you are exempt (Jessica, Meri and Laura).

We have just one sticking point. We can't make the training class that the hospital makes you go to once you have the pump. It's all day, from 9-4 (8-5 with travel time), and we don't have anybody to leave Elise with, plus Mattias is still nursing, and they don't want us to bring the kids. Please pray that we can work something out with the hospital.

And if you could say a few prayers for me... I have THE worst sinus infection, ever. The whole right side of my face has been throbbing for days and even the prescription painkillers they've given me don't touch the pain. Plus Fred is away and Mattias is teething. Maybe this is sympathy pain?

And thanks to everybody for your encouraging comments on my last post. I've been wondering just what the heck is wrong with me that I am so freaked out about this, so it's nice to know I'm in good company.

Now, leave a comment and guess our pump choice!

48 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne, my name is Mari and when my Alexandra started the pump..it was like being diagnosed all over again. Learning a bunch of new things..and my anxiety was way high..it is hard to be happy when your scared and mad that this is happening to your baby. But she loves it and I am so happy that I can't believe we did not do it sooner. I pray for you and that this new adventure will go smoothly and you won't be so scared. YOU CAN DO IT!

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  2. Ping.

    I think I'm only guessing it because it is what we use. I found your blog on the choices to not give me any clues. :)

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  3. WOOO HOOO we just started pumping in August and LOVE IT!! I hope you and Elise do to.

    OK I have NO idea what you have gone with buuuut I'm thinking that Miss Laura (if it's the right Laura) may have talked you into the OMNIPOD...just a guess and a fun one at that!! (I know Laura did not talk you into anything:)

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  4. Hi Joanne,

    I have been on vacation and out of the loop but I will guess Ping.

    Partly because I myself, I am an Animas user and secondly I can picture Elise with a pink pump :-)

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  5. Good Luck with the pump it can sure be a bumpy start but as I here it is great! As for which one you have choosen.. my guess

    Ping..

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  6. After 3 months of my 2yr old fighting injections I wanted a pump badly. I was so scared but Elyssa started on a Ping 10-3-11. It has really helped make Diabetes a little less traumatic. I think you both will love it. That's a long class so I'm going to say you chose the Omnipod.

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  7. Omnipod!
    Hope you feel better soon!!
    My son Isaac started pumping in June.(Omnipod) He likes it much better than injections..You all will do great :)

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  8. As much as I love, love, love our Ping, I am going to guess Omnipod. :-)

    Hoping you feel better soon!

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  9. i'm guessing omnipod and i'm stickin to it! ;)

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  10. Well, you did show a picture with the omnipod, but maybe that was a trick... Hmmmm.... I'll guess you picked the omnipod based on the easy insertion . Hope I'm right!!

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  11. I'm going to guess OmniPod. Since Elise is young it will be nice that the only part of the pump that she needs to have on her is the pod itself. Q was 5 when she started on OmniPod.

    But if you chose Ping, I'm sure it was the right choice for your family :)

    Happy pumping!

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  12. I don't want to have my name stated, or put into the drawing, but my geuss in OmniPod. I think that would be the eisiest for Elise. Either way, Congrats! It gets MUCH easier with the pump!! :) Way to 'pump' it up! ;)

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  13. Congrats on making a decision! I'm going to guess PING! I know that you will rock it, whichever pump you chose!

    And praying for you too :)

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  14. Oh, hopefully Blogger likes me enough for this to show up on your page!

    Joanne, you are one awesomely fantastic d-momma! Elise couldn't have wished for a better mommy than you. Neither could Mattias. There are days when I question the decision for Lily to be on a pump, but even on those days, I wouldn't choose to go back to injections! You'll all do awesome with it!

    Oh, and I'm guessing Omnipod...

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  15. Omnipod....cause if I could do it...I would!! ;)

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  16. Ok, OmniPod, but if you choose the Ping then that's perfect too. So, I will combine my answer into OmniPing.
    There, now I won't lose.
    So excited for you and Elise!

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  17. Big news! It is going to be great Joanne..reading your previous post..I get it! There is no perfect solution. Each pump has its pros and cons for sure. My guess is the omnipod...Looking forward to hearing the news and following along your new journey with the pump!

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  18. Omnipod! And if I'm right, i hope you love it! I do!

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  19. YAY! I'm so excited for you guys! I'm going to guess Ping...just cause we have a ping and it's pink and it's awesome and we love it...lol...but if I'm wrong, I totally agree the Omnipod rocks too!

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  20. I know - I know - I know - I know. Behahahahahahahahaha - and I'm not telling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. I know you will both love it and I look forward to all the posts telling us all about it! I wish I lived closer and could help you out with the training class or at least had my own private jet and could fly in for the day! Hope you feel better soon. xoxo

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  22. It's totally got to be the Pod. Totally.

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  23. I'm guessing Omnipod :)

    Congrats on whichever...but UBER CONGRATS on taking this step!

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  24. Omnipod! We are talking to our endo tomorrow about starting the pump process, I too am freaked out. We are going to try the Omnipod, I dont want the tubing!

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  25. I'm going with the 'pod! That's my guess...I suppose we will see! Congrats on your decision...whichever it is!

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  26. congrats on moving forward, i know what a big step that is. sorry you're feeling so crummy. i hope they can get the scheduling sitch at the hospital sorted. sending positive thoughts your way.

    and since L's on the minimed i'm not on team ping or pod, but i'm gonna guess you went omnipod. best of luck!

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  27. ps, is your post title a 'ghostbusters' reference? even if it's not, i'm going to pretend it is, since i read it in that voice anyway! :)

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  28. So excited for you!!!!

    Ummm.....I'm gonna say Pod. :)

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  29. Like the other Anonymous, I don't want to enter the draw but I'm guessing OmniPod because of the issue of the tubing at dance class and because Elise might disconnect it if it's bothering her.

    The only issue you mentioned with the Pod is the size but lots of little ones use the Pod and Elise will grow so fast. The insertion also rocks!

    I found the Ping needed too much button pushing and I hated the One Touch strips but whichever you've chosen, you'll love it!

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  30. Oooohhh, very exciting news!!! I have no idea which one you chose, but my gut says to guess Ping. Maybe??

    Hope you are feeling much much better soon!!

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  31. Omnipod :)

    Prayers that you're feeling better soon!! (((HUGS)))

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  32. Hmmm...I guess I am going with the Pod after reading your post about the two. Prior to reading that I would have guessed ping though because I remember her having some rashes and I wonder about the adhesive being a problem?? Who knows, but can't wait to hear!!

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  33. I am guessing Omnipod. Our little Ava will be starting on Omnipod in Dec. Whatever it is, I wish you the best and look forward to learning a few things from your experiences. Thanks for blogging.

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  34. I'm going with Omnipod, but I think it's just because that's the one I have and I want Elise to have it too! :) Good luck with whatever you chose, you will do great!

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  35. Hi, I don't know anything about pumps and CGMs, because Rasmus is on MDI and finger pricks. I will guess OmniPod. Good luck! :)

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  36. I say omnipod because that's what my daughter has.

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  37. I say Omnipod. :) As for training we were told the same thing then when I said it wasn't possible could they help us figure anything out as it was the only hurdle our rep trained us at our house and the nurses trained TJ and I together with the kiddos there playing games. It was great. I am sure they'll figure it out for you guys ;)
    As for your sinus infection, much love sent your way for a speedy recovery. Sounds like no fun!
    Take care

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  38. I'm not going to guess. I have a Ping and it works for me. It has to be what will work for you.
    I'm excited for you both!

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  39. I think she'll be rocking the pod. But if you choose the ping, she'll still rock. Joanne, you will LOVE pumping.

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  40. I think either option will be such an improvement for your baby, but I am guessing you went OmniPod.

    Remember, if you have any questions or need to vent or anything - the whole d-community is here for you!

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  41. Hmmmm..... We have used both. I think both are good choices. But..... I'm guessing OMNIPOD! We are love, love, loving the pod right now! And that's why I'm picking it! But... You will make the right decision for you! And I hope you love, love, love whichever one you picked!

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  42. I would have to guess Ping, but only because of the smaller increments, .025 the Ping would give and Elise is so small. Animas and Minimed have CDEs who can come and train you at home... The CDE who trained us on the Minimed sensor was our DD's first nurse educator at her diabetes center after dx (she defected to work for Minimed). Not sure if your endo would go for this. Maybe you could rent a hotel room near the hospital and have a babysitter stay with Matthew nearby, bringing him to you when necessary; Elise should stay with you during training;it's her pump. Even though you are programming and operating it, she is wearing it and she should be able to come. Your Endo and CDE really need to help you out here.... Pump is just an insulin delivery device; and you are already delivering insulin; no reason to be frightened. Remember you will program the pump, still determine everything (pump will help with the math calculations); otherwise, everything is still and always will be under your control. Pump is safer than MDI. Once you give basal insulin by injection, you cannot take it back. You can reduce basals with a temp or even take the pump off for an hour if need be so no basal is delivered during sports. Our center intially gives one flat basal, which you will then basal test all time periods. The flat basal rate is lower than it should be so initially there will be highs; not lows. Was frustrated with the highs first month of pumping but it really is safer. You may not love the pump the first two months, but after a month or two, I'd be willing to bet you would not give up the pump for anything. You do so well on MDI, I can't wait to see what you can do with the pump. Be patient with yourself during the learning curve; but I just know you are going to rock that pump like no one else! P.S. Insertion does not need to be painful. With the use of EMLA cream, left on a full hour so you reach peak anesthesization, she will feel very little, if anything.

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  43. I guess Omnipod! My 2 year old daughter has the Medtronic Revel but I think the Omnipod would be great (waterproof, no tubing, etc). Either choice will be great! Best of luck to you!

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  44. I guess omnipod! Hope you r training and sinuses get sorted.

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  45. I guess Omnipod. and I hope your face stops hurting. pain really just does not help when trying to do stuff. =) But I guess you probably already know that! HA! (hope you smiled a little XXOO)

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  46. Yep, it's a big decision, for sure!
    So going to guess Omnipod...totally selfish reasons. ;)
    It's a learning process, for sure, but we're a year into it and wouldn't go back for anything.
    I wish you all the best, as always!

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