OK I decided to join and post this blog because of all the issues I am having with the omnipod and Insulets refusal and failure to do anything about their defect.
It is not a consistent failure, it varies from lot number to lot number.
The main issue I am having is that if even almost literally a drop of water gets on the adhesive pad of the omnipod, the adhesive fails and the omnipod falls off.
Insulet tried to say that it is my skin type. I also use the Dexcom 7 CGM, after 7 days, 7 daily showers, 3 trips to the gym that inclue 2 extra showers and a dip in both the pool and the hot tub, the dexcom sensor has to be pulled off because it is still sticking so much. The omnipod? In a 7 day period I have usually had to replace the pod for falling off at least 1 time, usually 2 times.
This week, On my second trip to the gym, and I am on my 3rd pod already due to failures. The first one fell off 30 minutes after I left the gym. The 2nd one occluded the first time I entered a bolus, the 3rd one is about to head to the gym and we will see what happens.
So far Insulets reply has always been that it is somehow my fault, that I need to purchase some 3rd party product to fix the issue, or that I am applying the omnipod wrong.
Usually on Pod days (days I change my pod) I remove the old one, clean the area with adhesive remover, then go and shower. I think I shower just like any normal person using soap and hot water, I’ve tried changing soaps, I no longer put body lotion on until after I appply my pod. After the shower I towel off, I wait another 45 minutes to an hour and then prepare the pod and the site.
Methods I have tried so far:
Just apply the pod. Sometimes it sticks, most the time it flls off at exposure to water.
IV prep: clean the area wait 20 minutes apply the pod. It still falls off when exposed to water.
I tried wrapping the pod. This results in the pod lose inside the wrap, I can’t see the window and don’t know that the canula has come out until I test my sugar and see it at 300 when it should not be.
Tegaderm: I have troied 2 methods with this:
Tegaderm on skin, pod on top of tegaderm. Pod falls off of tegadrem when it gets wet.
Pod on skin Tegaderm covering the pod, Pod comes lose under tegaderm, and the tegaderm rolls up on itself.
Skin Tac: This just results in a gummy mess all over the pod and my skin and the pod still comes lose when exposed to water.
With all of these scenarios I have also been sure to wait the minimum 2 hrs for the adhesive to “set” before i get in the water.
So first I am looking to see if there are others who experience this issue with the omnipod
2nd I am looking for other swimmers that are having good luck with their pump in the water. I really am not looking forward to tubes and something larger constantly attached to me, but am looking to switch to something else since Insulet refuses to address this issue.
I am looking at the Animas one touch ping, but would be open to a working solution for the omnipod. I just think that at $100 per unit, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that a unit with a life cycle of just 3 days to stick to my body for 3 days without me having to spend $60 or more per week on products to make it stick to my body.
Lastly, I am filing a complaint with the FDA regarding the issue and am looking for others with this issue to do the same to force Insulet into fixing the issue.