Cherise, great post.
I am an Omni Pod user for about the as long as you. I believe I have made the best choice for me.
When I was investigating all the pump options available I had all of the companies meet with me and let me play with their pumps. Based on those meetings I narrowed my decision down to the MiniMed 522 or the OmniPod. I tried two pods (not active but real pods) and I tried a MiniMed pump (no insulin) with a set/tubing attached. That was the clincher. I could not get comfortable with the attached tubing. Both pumps were easy to operate and setup. I like that the PDM does not need to be in contact with the pod at all times. I keep it in my “kit” and with me at all times just not on my body.
I have only had a few issues with the adhesive (edges coming loose) but no pods were ever close to coming off and I sweat a bit. I have had great success with the pods and my BG’s are great. I have only had to remove two pods early due to blood at the site which is a site not a pod issue.
My only knock on the system is the software and data it provides. The Pathfinder is a joke. It only downloads 4 days of data into a locked excel spreadsheet. Every download is a new spreadsheet not linked to the others. It would be nice to have more detailed data available for download where we can create our own reports. I still use my OneTouch Ultra2 tester due to this limitation.
Now for the good news. Insulet is coming out with a new PDM this year (supposed to be announced in August) which will address the data issue I mentioned. It will also be a little smaller and offers a color screen. It will also have a USB port for the downloads so this should be easier. I volunteered to help test the PDM and software and hopefully they will let me.
I just went on a tour of the Insulet facility and was quite impressed. This is a very upbeat and highly motivated company. I got a peek at a picture of the new PDM (looks nice) and got to hold a prototype of the next generation pod. The new pod will be about 35-40% smaller (that is significant) but will still hold 200u, otherwise it has the same shape. This won’t be out until 2009 since it needs to go through all the FDA trials and approvals. What is nice about the Omni Pod system is that when the new pods are available you won’t have to do anything. They will work with your current PDM so it is not like the other pumps where you need to pay for an upgrade. Insulet will just start shipping the new ones when you reorder. I think we may need to pay a slight fee for the PDM upgrade but I am not 100% sure on that.
All in all I am very pleased with the system with no regrets on my decision.