I am going to make a list of things I remember. Insulin at room temperature, prevent the kick back when canula is inserted, Bolus after a Pod change (trial and error) (my daughter has gone to the 300’s within 2 hours after change), blood in canula (watch to see if it clears), careful placement, proper prep and cleaning a must, bard used for sweating and swimming. The reason you do not put a Pod verticle on the stomach/love handles is when you bend down you can bend the canula. I’m sure you are pretty smart with your diabetes and much of the learning curve is common sense. Always think, “if I am a canula when you consider placements.” You don’t want the canula to have to reach too far to get into the skin. A small pinch up is what I was taught is best. I also learned with athletes it is best to not suspend all insulin while active. You can decrease the basal to run at 5% or 10% or a .05 or .10 a hour (depending on how you set up your PDM). You can only use one of those programs at a time (you know which works best for you). The reasoning behind this teaching – it is harder for the body to play catch up when all basal has been shut off.
My daughter’s legs are too muscular for Pod’s and yours probably are too.
When and if you place a pod on your arm, watch out for door frames.
Bradford made some really good suggestions about half way between horizontal and vertical.
I know many here say canula down, but I don’t think I would ever put the canula straight down, let me explain. I have opened many pods and manually manipulated the screw that administers insulin into the tube and when the canula is pointed down I have been able to watch air bubbles go into the canula. After Pod changes I have watched air bubbles going through the canula and into the skin as I have watched my daughter’s numbers climb. Hopefully, we have worked through this by trail and error correcting that problem.
I’m sure these is much more, but here’s one more I remember now. Baby oil to remove old Pod. I saturate the old Pod adhesive with baby oil and leave it until the adhesive comes completely loose around the Pod. This prevents damage to the skin and is very gently for one with sensitive skin. I have removed old Pod’s without allowing the baby oil enough time to work and my daughter’s skin became red for days. Leaving the baby oil on is worth every moment. I hope you will love Podding as much as she does.