Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's Official

I picked up the phone yesterday morning and called the Diabetes Centre. They called back around 1:30pm and I explained my pump situation (mine died after the warrantee was up, I'm on a loaner and I need a new one). They said that it would be no problem to fill out the paperwork for a new one and asked which pump I would like to go with.

"Animas" I replied.

"Ok great. I'll send it off today" was the response.

At exactly 4pm, Animas called.

They asked me questions. They answered my questions. I picked my pump colour. It should arrive next week. They're setting up an appointment for pump training asap. I should be all hooked up and ready to hop in the canal as soon as the water is warm enough for open water swimming.

It's been a few weeks of pretty hard decision-making as you all know. The moment I said "Animas" on the phone, I relaxed. It is the right choice for me. The choice that best suits my lifestyle now and for the foreseeable future.

A lot of people chose Animas because they like the waterproof feature.

I chose Animas because I NEED the waterproof feature.

By 4:30pm yesterday, I had made the arrangements. By 5pm I received an email from the woman who came to my house two weeks ago and showed me the pump. She was thrilled and so excited to learn that I had signed on with Animas and said that stories like mine inspire others.

By 7pm I received an email from the Animas Marketing Manager in Vancouver. She was excited to hear about my swimming goals and talking about the fact that Animas likes having people like me share their stories as a way to inspire and motivate other people with diabetes. I said YES PLEASE!

I need to sign and fax off a form and have the Diabetes Centre write a letter. Once that's done, it's full speed ahead.

Now I'm going to have to start gathering ideas from people who do open water swimming with their pumps. Where do you put it? Do you wear some kind of belt to keep it safe? Any tips and tricks I should think about?

Such an exciting time! So many new things to figure out and try to master. And so much more flexibility.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I picked the green one.


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    1. I read the post like 3 times looking for "green".
      wow, I'm an idiot! :)

  2. Yay! So excited for you. I love my Animas so far and I do think you are going to love swimming with it. I clip it to the top of my bathing suit with the screen facing inwards. It does not budge no matter how much turning I do in the water or diving etc. I asked a lady here at work what her son does with his pump during his competitive swims and he does the same thing, only faces inwards at his waste. Very excited to hear how you like it!

  3. ooo - I have just started pumping and also went for the green animas (waterproofing and cgm compatible in Australia was the deciding factor for me). I went swimming at the beach this weekend and its still working! (Although getting all the basal rates correct is doing my head in - 4 weeks in and they are still all over the shop)