Pumping with Tandem t:slim X2

I began pumping with an Animas pump in 2009 and now…

Pumping with Tandem t:slim X2!

The delivery! Look at all this stuff!
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I did not read the manual. There are 348 pages for pete’s sake! (I hardly ever read manuals. Drives my husband nutty.)
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I had promised the trainer that I wouldn’t start it up until she had been here. But, I played with the buttons.
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I copied all my settings to Diasend, printed them out for the trainer for the t:slim.IMG_2119 (640x480)     IMG_2118 (1) (480x640)

I had ordered a pump skin earlier in the week from Tallygear.com.IMG_2124 (640x430)

On Monday morning, I assembled all the stuff. Good grief!
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Wanting to dress appropriately for this occasion – I had to choose a d-shirt.IMG_2120 (480x640)

Goodbye Animas Ping. We had a great friendship! (Taken before setting up the t:slim, therefore the clock isn’t set.)
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Who knew that learning how to use a new pump could be fun? Erica, the Tandem trainer for up here in the woods – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont – came to the house. We enjoyed lunch from a nearby deli and then we began.
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And then we hooked up Dexcom. Amazingly, my transmitter had been showing signs and warnings of departure (aka time for a new one), so we paired up a new one with the pump and my phone.
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Thanks Erica, for teaching me how to use my new t:slim!IMG_2137 (1) (640x480)

And this morning is a beautiful morning.
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I’m not perfect.

Perfection – certainly not a word used when you’re dealing with Diabetes.

ha-haBack when I first started pumping, I put the “change inset” schedule on my calendar. Because, you know, you change it every 3 days and that would remind me in the morning to change the inset and fill a new cartridge before my shower – every 3 days.

And I’d read where people’s pumps would run out of insulin. And I’d smugly think, “Well, if they’d just schedule it like I do, they wouldn’t run out of insulin.”

And then – a doorknob happened – or a kinked cannula happened – or life happened. And that 3 day schedule – down the tubes. At first I’d readjust the calendar schedule after the mishaps.

But now? I gave up the calendar scheduling. (Try not to laugh…)

I use a cartridge down to the last drop because – I forgot to change my inset/cartridge that morning.

Or even more annoying – will finishing showering and dressing for work, only to figure out there’s not enough insulin to last through the day.

Or – exasperating – get ready to eat lunch at work and find out I don’t have enough insulin for lunch.

Eeeeeek!

Yes, I carry an insulin pen for those times. I even have needles for the pen! (I forgot needles one trip.)

But I smile when I think of how “smug” I was years ago. And I’m grateful that I never expressed that smugness on a blog or anywhere else.

welcome-to-perfection

PS – Animas Ping Pumps play Für Elise when you are close to running out of insulin. Driving yesterday and listening to the radio, Für Elise came on. I shut off the radio!