I have used the OmniPod since 2009. I started with the Eros and changed to the DASH system two or three years ago. I was surprised to read comments that some people feel they have to have the PDM with them at all times. NOT TRUE. I leave my PDM on its charger on my dresser in the bedroom and only take it off the charger when I have to go somewhere. Then I slip it into a pocket or purse. By leaving the PDM plugged in most of the time, I never have to worry about it being charged, and I always know where it is located. Since the PDM is used only to program the Pod when you start a new one and for boluses during meal time, having it in one place works well. I can walk into the bedroom before meals to take my bolus before meals. If I take a walk (which I do twice a day around my neighborhood), work outside in the garden, or visit with neighbors, I never take the PDM with me. Why should I? The basal rates are programmed in, as is the wonderful temporary basal that I set before I start my walks, so all is fine.
I have the benefit of being retired, but if you have to leave the house for work each day or for extended periods of time, think about buying a second cord so you can plug it in at work. Then charging the DASH is never an issue. I have never even considered a portable charger system since I have never needed one. You can check with Insulet Corporation to see how long a fully charged DASH will last.
Each night, along with the PDM charging, I also plug in my Dexcom G6 controller, my iPhone, and my Apple Watch. Another great thing about the DASH Pod coupled with the Dexcom G6 is that you can get G6 readings on an Apple Watch. I love being able to just glance at my watch to see what my blood sugar is through the G6.
Another benefit of the OmniPod is working with Insulet. Each time I have called them – and that has not been very often in the last 12 years – they have been polite, friendly, and helpful. They are great to work with, and I have never had a bad experience in contacting Insulet.
As for sites, I agree with others that the more fatty parts of the body work better. While I am not heavy (5’ 2", 118 lbs.) I still can find some parts on myself that work well as “fatty areas.” After I stick the Pod on, I squeeze up a bit of flesh until the cannula clicks in. Due to scarring in my thighs from 40+ years of MDI, I use four sites for my Pods: upper abdomen on the right and left sides (under my bra line), and lower abdomen on those same sides. Rotating those four sites works well. I am a back or side sleeper, so I have no trouble lying on the Pods ever. I reserve my arms for the CGM.
I wish you all the best as you continue to get to know the benefits of working with the OmniPod. Pumping is wonderful, and when the new Pod5 is released (hopefully by next year sometime), I definitely will be interested in giving it a try.