Im a tad worried about pumping the rest of my life. I like the convenience of square bolusing and a basal rate that I dont think about much. Plus the fact that I can adjust that basal at a moments notice without having to wait 8-10 hours. So there are some aspects that I really like and depend on. There is however one large issue.
My body really doesn't like foreign objects. So, cannulas cause irritation unless they are super small. This coupled with insulin delivery into one site over multiple days worries me. As of now I have some scar tissue on the front of my stomach after following the manufactures guidelines (or so I thought).
Some quick background. Ive been pumping I think 8 years now. Used 3 different types of infusion sets, starting with the MM quick set, moving to the silhouette based on MM's recommendation, then to the new Mio. The 45° silhouettes did not agree with me. Additionally, 9mm cannulas less comfortable than the 6mm ones. My thighs are fairly muscular and so infusion sets there are out.
With the Dexcom (I'm a user of that too), the sensor probe can last me up to 30 days with no irritation but, I think its 26 gauge probe. Which is pretty small. The old MM CGMS was 23 gauge and caused me irritation after 3 days.
So my question is, who's infusion sets are the thinnest gauge? Really in the long run that is the most important thing. We are all running on limited real estate and in my case it seems I am easy to scar (YDMV). I'm under the impression that the Omnipod is pretty thin, but dont know the size. For me, this will be the determining factor in a new. Plus I'd like to get the info out there for anyone else.
Its going to boil down to a decision of continue pumping or switch over to MDIs again. I'd like to stay on a pump, but honestly am not game to have to take shots in the rear for lack of places to take insulin.