I would like to start a discussion about the new OmniPod. I just started last Monday Feb. 9th and so far it has been great - what freedom. When I first diagnosed they were still testing urine with the tablets and test tube. Amazing to think we are here today with the new technology. I’ve only had one Pod failure and I was able to bring my sugars down in a couple of hours with no DKA.
Would love to hear your stories, advice, etc…
since podding, I’ve invested in a bunch of medical tape to ensure that the pod stays on me, especially since i move around a lot. I’ve had a couple of failures, but that’s because I put them on the back of my arms–my CDE says I have too much muscle there (compliment or affliction, hmmm??) haha. My favorite spot now is my lower back, but I do miss showing it off to random strangers and answering their questions when they say, “what is that?!” haha
oh, I love your post. I have been showing everyone - my friend at work said I have to stop flashing everyone.
I just put it on my lower back Wednesday and I’m loving that spot. What kind of medical tape do you use? I’m thinking that would be helpful in the summer and when I start yoga again, which I’m hoping will be soon.
I have been podding since september 08, and I truly hate myself for waiting so long, diabetic for 17 years, I guess I was just waiting for the pump that fit me best. I have had several problems but I am still working with this and I would never go back to MDI. I love my pod!!! good luck and congrat on your pod
Hey there and welcome to life as an omnipoder. =)
I am going on a year of being on the pod (diabetic since 2001) and my life hasn’t been the same since. Quality of life has drastically improved. I know there are people who are frustrated with with how often they’ve had pod failures, however I wouldn’t trade my pod for anything. Also, after a few pod failures and being upset that 150 units of insulin were wasted, I tried drawing the insulin back out and that works great. I am completely stuck on wearing the pod on my lower back, it’s my favorite spot so far and not easily noticed.
It’s just simple 3M waterproof medical tape. I put it on the pod before I stick it on me. It especially helps when I’m running and bouncing around.
I have a pod on the way will start in about two weeks glad your doing good
Dave, Dave, Dave…
There are no problems that can’t be overcome with creative solutions.
Let’s be positive
Hello Red…I’ve been using the pod for one month and one day now. I love seeing more and more of us experiencing this freedom!! After applying the pod exclusively on my abdomen, I discovered that I prefer it on my back. It’s not the easiest place for me to apply it though as I’ve had two serious shoulder surgeries and I’m not as flexible as I was. I definitely have no problems with the pod sticking… ripped off some skin the first time that I removed my pod!! YIKES!!! I now use baby oil and pre-soak it prior to removal. Report your pod failures to Insulet and they’ll replace it/them. I actually had my pod scream at me; and my PDM actually said “Pod failure”. I called and told the rep the number that was associated with the “?” on the alert screen along with the number on my pod. We are family. Welcome newbie…
Ya, I still can’t believe the freedom you have with this. I’m wearing it on my back and so far it’s my favorite place. My numbers are much better but I still struggle with my carb ratio. Want to work more with the food settings. I like the fact that you can program meals in the pdm. Takes the thinking out of it and I eat a lot of similar meals during the week.
Have you used that function?
I know what you mean. I was like a kid with a new toy when I discovered that you can add your favs into the Food Library. It surely makes mealtime a much smoother process. I love this site. I have someone who I am trying to get to join. He has been on insulin for over 30 yrs. When he told me that his doctor DOES NOT repeat DOES NOT want him to check his BG levels ever…I was speechless!!! What the ----??? There is a big diabetes seminar in October; and he has agreed to attend. Maybe he will seek a second opinion before then as I urged. Geez!!!
Just occlusions I had about 10 or more pods in my last shipment of 30 that went eack on me…
And yes we can hopefully get these problems fixed all new technology has flaws and I am willing to accept that and continue with my pod that I love so much…
That’s just crazy talk. How does the doctor know how to adjust his insulin?
May I ask where the seminar is in October?
I live on the border between Illinois and Iowa…on Interstate 80. The seminar is in Moline, Il. It’s one of the towns collectively called the Quad Cities. The Quads also includes Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa. The Mark (of the Quad Cities) now renamed The I-Wireless—hate the commercialism…is the venue. My endos host the event; and bring in speakers from all over the US. Each has a presentation, followed by audience discussion, on various topics associated with diabetes. It also includes vendors and a luncheon. It’s an all day event. Lots of freebies, too!!
Oops!! forgot the answer the doctor question. He has NOT adjusted his insulin in 30 years. He said that the reason the doctor does NOT want him to check is because he does not want him to be adjusting his insulin…NUTS!!!
I will be podding starting tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be back with a boatload of questions, I imagine.
how do you like your pump?
i am interested in getting one i currently have a minimed but am so sick of wiring .
would you recomend it
Yes, I would recommend the OmniPod. It has given me so much freedom. It’s not perfect, I have had a handful of pod failures but you just have to know how to respond and be willing to change them when needed.
I was on minimed about 11 years ago and the tubing was not for me. This give me the benefits of a pump and the freedom of wireless technology.
Give it a try!
I am happy so far and would recommend the Omnipod also, but have no other experience with pumping to compare…In 3 replacements, I did have a pod that wouldn’t activate. I just sucked out what insulin I could, filled a new one and started over. I could see that being a problem when traveling…having to bring a few spares, but is that different from any system? I am still getting it all down and will have to remember to take spares and back up insulin and needles when away from home for more than a short while.