I had a recent appointment with a educator about new pumps. I’m currently wearing an old Medtronic Veo (Canadian version of a Paradigm). It’s from 2016 and out of warranty, so it’s definitely time for a new one, especially considering all the exciting closed loop systems out there now. The lady gave me a Dexcom G6 to try and so far it’s been ok, had a few wonky measurements and the alerts almost drove me nuts, but it feels like a learning curve and it’ll be less so once I have the pump that can actually respond to the data. I was very convinced that I wanted to do a Tandem tslim, but my educator suggested multiple times that I at least check out the Omnipod. She gave me a demo pod to wear which I think I’ll do today. But I also have a couple questions about it and tslim, if anyone could help out, so very appreciated!
-Omnipod Horizon: the educator said this is coming out any day now. Anyone here that could confirm this? I trust her but I’d also love to know if there are any articles I could read re: release date, haha. I wouldn’t want to choose Omnipod over tslim and then have to wait a year or so for it to give me the closed loop tech.
Also, has anyone heard anything about just how good this system will be? IE will it be on part with tslim? (I know that might be a long shot, but…asking anyway, haha!)
Also, is it true that Omnipod can be billed under the Pharmacy benefit? I have a massive DME deductible ($2500) but good pharmacy coverage, so reading this made my ears prick.
Infusions: a big challenge with my Medtronic is I’m getting lots of kinked infusions on the Quicksets (a couple bleeders too). I don’t typically get occlusion alarms, just feel crappy until I figure out something is up. I used my arms and thighs for MSI as a kid, hips for pump as a young adult, now I am using my abdomen which is kind of like playing roulette sometimes. (Strange because I have a little extra padding!) The Medtronic Silhouette doesn’t have a good inserter & I can’t handle the manual process where you stick it in yourself. She suggested Sure T but I’ve had enough infusions rip out to think that would go badly, even with the secondary adhesive thing.
-For Omnipod: how much of a struggle would you all say the insertions & failure rate of pods is? Do they fall prey to the linking and bleeders frequently? I read that the infusion angle is 50 degrees vs 90, and think that could help with my issues, but would love to hear from others! Also, how secure do you feel the pods tend to be? Like if I have it on my arm and I get caught in a doorway, will that result in me having to do a new pod? Or so they tend to be fairly secure and only a massive blow could knock it off?
-For tslim: I read about the autosoft 30 infusions & watched the insertion videos, can anyone speak to what it’s like to use these in the wild? Any frequent problems you’ve noticed? Or is it pretty easy peasy with just occasional hiccups?
Thank you so much all for any insight you may provide! Really and truly appreciated. <3