I’m sure several already know a ton of tips in using the Omnipod, but some may be fairly new (like me).
Couple of things I’ve learned over the past few weeks. One, I hate having to carry a case with a lancet, test strip tube, and the Omnipod in a nylon case. I don’t have a purse and can’t fit it into my pocket! So, when I’m going out to eat with friends, customer lunches, or know I’m going to eat one meal and can get access to my strips later, I just test before I leave the house or in the car, then slip the pdm into my pocket. This is so much easier if I’m going to eat within 20 minutes or so and I know my BG levels. PDM slips into my pocket like a phone and I can deliver a bolus under the table quickly.
Another tip I learned, over the weekend. Headed up to Mammoth for some boarding, had my pdm in my backpack, grabbed lunch (Stir fry with rice), tested (which was 270, ugh), and then bolused. I didn’t wait until I heard the “beep” from the pod as I had a couple layers of clothes on, and just began eating. The pdm said “delivering bolus”, then about 10 minutes later, I had a ringing in my ear and I’m like “what the hell is that? Oh sh*t!” Apparently, I had an occlusion and my bolus wasn’t delivered and I had already scarfed down a ton of rice! Yay. On top of that, I forgot to stick a pen in my backpack and was going to be stuck on the mountain boarding for another 2-3 hours. My buddy was like, uh oh, now what? I shot up to 376 when I checked again.
Well, looks like it’s time to start drinking a little sooner than later. Jack n Diet, Patron and Tequila brought me down to low 200. Not that I ADVISE doing that, but had to get creative. Lesson learned, wait until bolus is completely delivered before eating! Also, make sure your PDM is nice and warm before you test. We were single digit degrees boarding and I think I used up 5 strips trying to get a reading. PDM wasn’t warm enough…just stick it under your arm or close to your chest for several minutes…