YOur post was really helpful. It had been awhile since this initial post and I have met with my son's endo. I really expected a lot of - you have to wait etc because I was going by what the nurses would say when he was diagnosed and they said a year. The endo said - its an individual choice for when you feel ready and gave my son paperwork to fill out. He completed that (it was a long quiz on calculating carbs etc) and they called almost immediately. Today they asked if next week was O.K. for classes. My son wants the Ping and they were holding classes next week. I said yes. The other class for the ping was after January.
It looks like we are bypassing the general pump classes and attending the one specific for the Ping. I did extensive research and asked a lot of questions about the different pumps and even ordered the Omni Pod demo which my son hated. I am a big Omni pod fan and think that is the best way to go but will not tell him that. He is the person who absolutly has to make that decision and at 14 I know he will take ownership if it is his decision.
So next week we do the saline test for the Ping. I go thru a lot of emotions about if I made the right choice letting him decide etc. I don't have a problem at all with the pump just which one is best - every pump has great features and some drawback but even the least favorite in my opinion is better than what he is doing no and at 14 he needs freedom and to not feel like he is standing out.
This is a great site. What is interesting for me is that with every step we take we are not alone. Someone on this site is doing or experiencing what we are at about the same time. I love the idea of being able to help with what we have learned.
Thank you for your input.