This is my first post-I joined this site in order to ask this question! I have been a faithful MM user for 11 years. In that time I've had 2 pumps-my second having just failed yesterday. I have considered switching to Omnipod over the course of the last year (knowing that my MM pump was past warranty and would fail soon).
Everything I don't like about MM the Omnipod seems to remedy. Being on the MM pump for 11 years (and not changing my site as frequently as I should) has lead to a build up of scar tissue. I never had luck using my arms/legs for sites and now my stomach and hip areas are non-responsive. I am down to 2 areas that have good absorption. The Omnipod seems promising with its ability to use areas that MM can't (the upper back, arms, legs, etc.). Has anyone found absorption in these areas subpar to the stomach/hip area? Also, I have issues with bent cannulas and air bubbles in tubbing. I know that switching to the Omnipod I will still encounter bent cannulas, but I am under the impression that on the pod I will be able to see the cannula-is this true?
My last reason for not switching invovles the glucose meter associated with the pod. My understanding is you must use Freestyle test strips (and since the pod lacks a user interface-unlike the MM which has it directly on the pump) I was wondering if this could be avoided. My insurance considers Freestyle a tier 3-making the cost for testing really expensive. I test 8-12x a day and currently pay nothing for my Accu-check strips. Is there anyway to still use my current meter and manually program in my BS numbers into the pod PDM? Has anyone tried this?
Sorry this turned into a novel! I really appreciate you all taking the time to read and respond. Also, if there are others who have switched from MM to Omnipod I would love hearing your thoughts. Thanks so much-this site is awesome!