Yes, 7 to 8. Fear does crazy things. It was awful. I started with some medical issues not caused by diabetes that were causing my sugars to rise and I needed to give corrections in addition to regular meal injections. So I had to do tons of calculations for Insulin on Board and corrections on top of carb counting. It was driving me crazy trying to stay on top of it but I was more afraid of what would happen if my BG's were out of whack for long periods of time.
Now, I'm strictly on short acting insulin that is delivered 24 hours a day. I give a bolus at meal time or when I need to make a correction. My PDM keeps track of all my BGs and my boluses; I trust its calculations when it calculates a bolus. It took some time, I did a lot of studies with how my body was working with the programs and how my BGs were affected with the ratios that I programed in and adjusted as needed. After lots of validation, I can finally breathe and live without all the extra work to manage my diabetes. OmniPod really changed my life.
The biggest hurdle was getting my basal program right since I wasn't used to using only short acting insulin but what a difference it makes. The software made that easy for me to see what was working and what wasn't. It took several months of tweaking to find the right dosages. I would never go back to a long acting basal insulin.
The insertion is amazing really. I use sites I never used before because of the auto insertion function. I apply the pod and don't need any hands to insert except to push the button on the PDM. Its a quick pick like a lancet device. Sudden, sharp quick pain; it's there for a few seconds and gone as fast as it came. Some spots are more tender than others but I experienced that with manual injections too.
The adhesive doesn't necessarily come off easily at all, if I knock one off its because I caught the edge on something and lifted the pod from the adhesive. I have learned to move the pod an inch or two in different directions and to change the angle of the pod ever so slightly to prevent this from happening.
I have tons of sites to choose from and I can turn the pod 180 degrees and use the contours of it to work with dressing or sleeping on it and I angle it to move with my body.
I have learned a few tricks for applying the pods for extra adhesion and I have knocked the thing pretty hard at times and it didn't come off. I horse around with my four kids and my dog. Seeing if it could stand up to them was one of my prerequisites before I decided to go with it. Depending on what I'm doing I sometimes tape it down for extra security too just in case. Mostly in summer when its really hot and I know I'm going to put it through a lot.
There is one issue I have experienced with the pods and that is that the 2 small holes located just adjacent to the perimeter of the opening tend to stretch after wearing the pod for a bit and can cause the canula to move on me. It caused some insulin leakage and a bit of soreness. I found a fix for it by using a tiny bit of liquid bandage on the opening and the holes and my pods stay secure.
Questions are good, better you ask them now. The cost is definitely a consideration however there are things that I took into consideration when I did my comparisons and testing of pumps. My sister and I use different pumps and I was able to use statistics from manufacturers and the pump clinic as resources. Try to consider all costs that you will have with each pump, and they can vary for each one.
Batteries was one of them, OmniPod uses 2 AAA batteries in PDM, the pods come with batteries so there's no additional cost for those. Other pumps have batteries in both the pump and testers/remotes. When I compared the manufacturers battery expectancy to actual users, I found traditional pumps went thru batteries far more than what was disclosed. It was a big cost factor for people that I spoke to since no insurance companies pay for them. My sister complains about the huge extra cost she has with batteries and the fact they only last her approximately 10 days.
Extra cost of accessories to rig tubing and pumps to body and clothing; clips, straps, extra tape. My sister also has to replace her battery chamber every couple of months on her pump to ensure it stays waterproof. Also insulin chambers on traditional pumps need to be replaced from time to time due to wear as well.
When I compared everything on an annual basis, the cost of OmniPod was the same if not better for me. I bought a pack of batteries from Costco for $14 and it lasted me a year. I use rubbing alcohol spray instead of alcohol wipes because it works better for adhesion and its less expensive than the alcohol wipes.
I'm from Canada so our costs might be different. Here in Canada I had a 90 day return policy if I wasn't happy with my pump so that helped to me to feel secure in my decision.
I have never regretted my decision about choosing OmniPod.