I’m a Type 1.5, too, although I’m twice your age. My path was like yours – diagnosed with Type 2 first (seven years ago), then with Type 1. I haven’t had a DKA episode, though, and I hope to keep it that way.
I absolutely love the pod. Insulin pumps held no appeal for me at all. I’m not very gadget-y and the thought of being tethered to something seemed awful. Then I saw an ad online for the OmniPod. For the first time, I got excited about something that could help me manage my diabetes. My doctor was surprised at my enthusiasm and said that most of the patients he put on a pump hadn’t done well. I’m the shining star now! My A1c went from 9.2 to 7.4 in five months. I have so much more freedom now.
One interesting “side effect” (which you may have experienced on the Medtronic) is that the OmniPod took the emotion out of high BGs. I used to beat myself up about them but now my attitude is more like “Well, let me punch some numbers into the machine and let it figure it out!” The pod feels like an ally, a tool that keeps me in better control while taking less time and attention.
There are a few things I’d change if I could – make the pod smaller, have the cannula be bright red or orange so I can see it more easily, etc – but nothing major. (I take that back. The major change I’d make is to have the software work with my Mac!) As for the downside, I have to admit rather sheepishly that I get frustrated by how fast three days go by. “Didn’t I just change the darn thing?” LOL
Another benefit is that I’m far more open about having diabetes. When I was first diagnosed, I felt sort of ashamed and didn’t want people to know that I had diabetes unless I told them. When I started with the pod, I wore it only where people wouldn’t see it, mostly on my stomach. Now I wear them on my upper arms and don’t care if people see them at all. In fact, I like telling people what it is and spreading the word about diabetes and about the OmniPod.
Like Rebecca, I welcome you to contact me if you want more details or have more questions. I’m a pod evangelist because it really has changed my life.