The advice you have been given is correct.I used to use Lantus and the Novolog pen, but I learned that I could tuck a regular syringe or two under the inner zipped pocket of the OmniPod case. If the PDM fails, I can still use a meter to test, can calculate what Novolog I need, and can draw it out of the insulin vial that is in the case. This is less hassle and a lot less expensive than having a bunch of Novolog pens around. I have a prescription for Lantus that I will use if the PDM fails. I used to keep a spare one in the refrigerator, but they kept expiring and I had to throw them out. I hate to waste things like that, so now I just have a back-up prescription.
If your PDM fails, you should test every two hours and take short-acting insulin as needed. That includes doing so all during the night, even if you have the Lantus back-up dose going for you. I have been diabetic for 47 years, so I know what I am talking about as far as control is concerned.
In five years, I have only had the PDM fail ONCE, and that was my own fault when I dropped it off a table in a restaurant. OmniPod was great about overnighting me a new meter.
Be sure that you record ALL of your PDM information somewhere and update it as needed. That way, if you have a PDM failure, you will know how to program the new one when it comes in.
I am with you-- no tubed pumps for me. I hope that you will enjoy the OmniPod as much as I do. As for the girl, you are better without her. Most of us who have the Pod have loving, understanding people who don't mind the Pod no matter what degree of intimate contact we may be in. The right girl will have no problem with the Pod.