After weighing my options for a couple of months, I decided to switch to the Omnipod.
I’ve been using Lantus, Lyumjev, and Afrezza. My insurance said they would stop covering Afrezza, and I decided I was ready for a change to a pump. I considered the Tandem because of the Control IQ system, but didn’t want to be locked into a pump for 4 years, wanted to try out tubeless pumps, and found the initial ordering process with Tandem frustrating. So I’m going with Omnipod instead, and I’ll be using Lyumjev. Insulet shipped me the PDM for free, and the pods are covered through my pharmacy benefit. So now everything I’m using (Dexcom, pump supplies, insulin, etc) can be ordered online through express scripts. I can’t believe how simple that is
I went through training yesterday and started my first pod. I am excited to report that I’m liking it so far! It’s a bit different from the Minimed I’ve used in the past though, and I have a few questions for those who are podding:
Which Pod locations do you like best? I used the front of my thigh, and it’s alright. It was a little painful at times during the night when there was any pressure on it. Of course, it’s much bigger than the Minimed infusion sets. I usually use my arm for the Dexcom, so I’m planning to avoid that spot.
Do you carry a portable battery pack/charger in your bag/purse? If so, which did you like best? I think it’s likely I’m going to forget to plug it in one night, and it’d probably be good to have a couple charged battery packs available in case that happens. I can just take one with me in my purse. I wouldn’t expect to need more than 1 full charge in the battery pack.
When the Omnipod delivers basal, does it do it once per hour or over the course of an hour?
What overpatches do you like to use? I’d like to have some on hand in case I want to go swimming for a long period of time.
Has anyone tried the new Omnipod 5? I’m pretty excited about using it while I’m sleeping once it’s available. I’d be curious to hear about your experience.
Thanks for any and all responses!