It’s been a while since I posted anything, so today I decided to share my experiences with my impressions with my Animas Ping pump that I’ve used for the last week or so. As with anything, there are things I like, things that annoy me a little and one particular thing that I think was done wrong.
What’s wrong with it you ask? Well, basically it is much too easy to cancel a bolus. I normally carry my pump in my front pants pocket, clipped to the top. Basically, I sacrifice a pocket for my pump and cgms. To cancel a bolus on the Ping, you can press ANY button on it. So here I am, the pump is actually locked, bolusing from the meter. Pump never leaves my pocket. Handy, but as the bolus is being delivered, I shift position a little and manage to compress the pump enough it senses a button being pushed, even tho I didn’t. Sometimes I can hear the “chirp” telling me it was canceled, sometimes not. And having it locked doesn’t help, it gets unlocked automatically when the bolus starts. I’ve done this two or three times, once I didn’t catch it and I’m glad I had my cgms, because I only got about half my intended dosage.
Now on to the annoyance. This also has to do with bolusing, it has wizards to help compute doses for meals or corrections and it will show you the suggested dosage, HOWEVER you have to MANUALLY enter that number in the bolus amount field. That is annoying as all get out and just seems like trouble waiting to happen.
What I like! The screen on the pump is so much better than my MM. However the screen on the meter/pda is still that grayscale that OneTouch seems to like. hard to read at times, esp since it has no back-lite, hopefully they’ll address that soon. *correction it does have a back-lite, albeit not a very bright one. *hat tip to Lili!
The boluses are also delivered very quickly and the pump vibrates every time it delivers one unit.
Also, I can adjust basal rates at much smaller increments than I could with my MM, and there are a couple of rates where that has come in handy.
The pump itself is also smaller than the MM and honestly it feels a lot more “solid” than the MM.
Overall, I like it and I think it was a good decision for me.
Well, that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Today’s snarky comment: Eating meat is murder. Tasty, tasty murder.