Thursday, August 27, 2009

Animas Ping Insulin Pump

This is our top pick now. Insurance is likely to cover it, and it is heavily recommended for a young child like Ayla. The technology is amazing especially when we make the leap from multiple daily injections to this insulin pump that can give precise measurements we can't with a syringe. It most closely mimics a pancreas for Ayla. And it comes in PINK!
It will be bittersweet when she gets a pump, I'm sure her control and numbers will be much better and most people seem to absolutely LOVE pumping, but I admit that it still bothers me that she will " look " less normal to me. Breaks my heart, a little, the thought of her hooked up to a device but it really will be better for her health and that's what counts. Not having to give her so many shots is icing on the cake! Also no one has learned how to give her a shot, except Dante and I. I know its scary, and as scared as I would be to trust someone else to care for her for a couple hours, I'm also burnt out. It is intense, this constant balancing act and I really do think for my sanity I need to have a break even if just for a couple hours. I'm kind of surprised that there isn't anyone available at the endocrinologist office solely devoted to the mental health of either the diabetic, or in the case of young children, their parents. It would be nice if they checked in to see how WE are holding up. There have been times when I've been so exhausted from sleepless nights that I nearly make very dangerous mistakes, like giving rapid acting instead of long acting insulin just before going to bed, or GASP a couple of times I've almost given the wrong kid the insulin!
Anyway, I'm digging out my book, " Pumping Insulin" by John Walsh and reading through it again. We have our next appt September 3rd, and it is all about getting a pump. can't wait!


  1. Yay! Best wishes to all of you.


  2. We are a newly diagnosed type 1 family and just had our first endo visit since the hospital. Looking forward to hearing about the pump. Do you like it