I know there have been a lot of topics on comparisons, so i promise I’m not trying to rehash the same conversation.
My personal story and reason for posting is I have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for the Omnipod 5. My insurance has covered the Classic under DME, and I didn’t see any advantage of upgrading to Dash, especially when the 5 would come at some point. I just found out that my insurance switched pharmaceutical plans, and of course the new plan doesn’t cover omnipod Dash nor will it cover the 5 (but it still will cover the classic through DME). After multiple conversations, it doesn’t look good for the 5.
My classic has been out of warranty for over a year, and in the past 3 years, I have had 2 PDM’s die/malfunction. Omnipod was so awesome in the latest one to give me one “out of warranty” replacement. My newest one’s meter has been going out, so I’m afraid it’s on its last legs. So I feel as if I need to either “re-up” the classic with a new 4 year commitment, or upgrade to the Tandem T:Slim.
I’ve had a great experience with Omnipod, and I’m really apprehensive of going to tubes (never had a traditional pump), but I’m just having a hard time with the thought of making a 4 year commitment to really old tech when i have an option of doing a loop system like Control IQ.
I don’t feel like I need the loop to get my numbers under control. I’ve been between 6.5 and 7.0 for a few years now. Sure there is room for improvement, but I’m happy with my control. Where I see control IQ being a benefit is on my long cycling rides and runs, and when sleeping, where it can help keep things stable. Also I’m a one meal a day intermittent faster, and it is frustrating when I have to eat a date or two to recover from a low, thus breaking my fast before my eating window.
Any tips, advice, or anything is appreciated. Just typing this all out has been helpful!
TLDR: I really want to experience the loop, (not the diy loop). Insurance doesn’t cover Omnipod 5, only Omnipod classic. The thought of missing out on looping technology for another half decade is tough, but the thought of tubes scares me too.