Pod, My Arm and West Texas

So we took a Labor Day weekend trip to West Texas to visit my in-laws and the 3 grandparents. There was no internet, FB, or phone service where we were. :slight_smile: I took all my supplies and was ready. I decided to move the Pod to my arm this time to try it out while I wasn’t at work. What I forgot about is how visible it would be. Oh well, here goes nothing! It was interesting showing a 93 year old, 89 year old and a 85 year old all about my OmniPod and how it is helping me and showing them how it works. It’s ALL new to them (although they have been tremendously understanding and supportive about my Diabetes for the past 15 years). Interestingly enough, they were all thrilled with the technology and how it is helping me and how COOL it is. They were so excited I didn’t have to continuously give myself shots. My confidence soared! It’s wonderful to have their unconditional support and understanding, although they might not truly understand- it’s okay to be me. :slight_smile:

My son keeps a pod broken open so he can show off the cool stuff inside and gross his friend out w/ the size of the needle! It is a pretty impressive piece of technology! :slight_smile:

oops… friends not friend…lol he has more than one.

oh, like that idea!

That’s a great story Dana! It is surprising how visible it is…I’ve worn them on my arm for so long (pods and my navigator, sometimes one on each arm) that I forget about them and don’t think twice about wearing a short sleeve shirt to the grocery store, or even a sleeveless shirt to the bike shop to pick up some stuff after a long ride, for example. I forget that people may not be “used” to them like I am, so I frequently get questions about them. It is very cool to tell someone about the technologies and have them experience a little “light bulb moment” where they think, "wow, that stuff is pretty cool…"
Glad that you’re having great luck with the pod so far!!

Hey Bradford, I ran 200+ on the arm… any suggestions?

It might be that your absorption rate is different on the arm? Or if you have more lean arms (or if you put the canula in a spot where it came close to the muscle maybe?) then it might have affected the ability of the pod to deliver well? On occasion I have ones that will do that, but it is usually when I put the canula too far down my arm (to close to my elbow) and I don’t think I have enough fatty tissue there to make it work well. It’s been kind of trial and error (unfortunately). I wish I had a better answer than that :-/
Also the other factors might be any number of things, such as stress, hormones, etc. So if you try it on your arm several more times and experience that consistently, then you know it’s something about your arms. If you do it again and have no issues, then maybe it was either placement or one of the other factors.

Thanks for the info. I’m back on the tummy then will move to the other arm. I guess I will figure it out by trail and error. Trust me… there is some fat back there!!! The odd thing is it was Labor Day weekend (no stress), no hormones, and I wasn’t working, no bent canula, so it was so odd to figure it out. I got the numbers back down today, thank goodness.

Hello Dana! I am new to this online community stuff, but I’ve been doing so much reading and browsing around! I have been considering starting the Omnipod myself. I tried the Cosmo for about 6 months several years ago and really hated it, but the Pod seems like it might be a great option for me. I’ve been reading some of your comments and the positive feedback you have on it, but I don’t see anything more recent than Sept 2010 and I was just wondering if you are still using it. If not, I would love to hear what kind of probs you had with it! Thanks!