Today we went in for the saline test. We met at Childerens Hospital in St Louis. There were 2 other young people there both with their parents. One was about 6 years old and the other about 15. My son is 14.
They didn't talk much about pumps in general - they gave us literature on the Animas, Medtronic and the Omni Pod and said they did not endorse one over another but that it was an individual choice.
The older boy and my son had both done the 3 day trial of the Omni Pod and didn't like for the same reason - too much tape and uncomfortable. (Again individual choice) . They gave out Animas pumps for our week long trial and the only Ping model they had was Pink so we just went with one of the other similar Animas pumps.
They handed out paperwork so we have to log in the carbs, correction etc. We set our rates etc and went over the menu.
My son then checked the battery, attached the tubing etc and primed the pump. He then inserted the infusion tube and connected the tubing and gave himself some saline. It took 2 tries for the infusion into his skin. The first time he did not put it in far enough.
So now we change the site on Sunday and Wednesday, record the info, and on Thursday we send everything back to the hospital where they will check it. IF Matthew did o.k. they will provide a medical necessity form to the pump manufacturer of our choice who will contact us for color we want etc. Then the pump people will notifiy insurance. Once approved we call the hospital and meet with the Endo who will fine tune the insulin dosages. On the ping there are some advanced features but we did not go over. After he has gotten comfortable with the unit and wants the advance features we contact the company and the rep comes out.
Just wanted to provide those looking into the pump the procedure we went thru. Hope it helps.