I try to be very objective to pump choice. I can tell people why we like the OmniPod and why it is right for us and I can completely respect why people choose other pumps and that those are right decisions for them.
I am however sensitive to medical professionals, who do not personally use these devices, giving such advice as I have personally found that advice to be unfortunately misleading and misinformed.
We were told flat out that OmniPod would not work for Caleb. I was literally laughed at when I mentioned that was our choice. This came from a well respected pediatric endocrinologist’s office. Had we based our decision on their advice, we would not have chosen OmniPod.
I made my decision on the research that I had done. I had talked to the users (which were few at the time). I went with my gut. I have never regretted my choice.
I am personally cautious when medical professionals make recommendations like this. Having just gone through the CGM decision, I approached it the same way. I gave more weight to user opinions that the doctor’s opinions. There too, I found was more knowledge about Paradigm which wasn’t even in the running for us. Because these products are used by more patients simply because of market share, it’s what the doctors are more familiar with, but does not necessarily make them the better products, or more importantly, the better choice for you.
I believe that all the devices are quality devices. They all work and serve the same function. But pump choice is a very personal decision and no one can make it for you. Only you know what is important to you and in this case, also your daughter.
That said, I have to dismiss the “rip off easily” point. That has never been an issue for us. Have there been occasions when a Pod ripped off? Yes. Can I remember the last time it happened? No. Is Caleb active? You bet he is. He’s a six year old boy who loves to play baseball and swim and generally run around like a lunatic. Caleb started when he was 4. We have never has any issue finding sites and we rotate very effectively. I have heard from users of MM and OmniPod that OmniPod results in less scar tissue. Caleb’s doctors have specifically commented on how well his sites heal. Do we have Pod errors? Yes. But they are occasional. We had more at the beginning when we first started and there was a static issue one winter, but our issues are so few now, that I don’t even call to get the Pods replaced.
The points that you note above, in our experience, are not issues with OmniPod and therefore should not affect your decision. If you find features of other pumps more appealing and suitable to your daughter’s lifestyle - then by all means go that route and I am sure you will be pleased. But if you were confident in the OmniPod decision, and the only concerns you have are those listed here, I think you will find that they are not big issues and you will be happy with your OmniPod decision.