You all are killing me! Just when I thought I had my choices down to the Ping / Omnipod I start reading this section of the forum, and I am reconsidering going to a pump at all. I understand the old saying "do good and never remember, do bad and never forget" but it seems like all I see are a lot of complaints for both insulin delivery systems.
I am about to make a decision that will last for years, and have a very active lifestyle (mainly boating, jet-skiing, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling...well, you get the point.) and travel for work between 40 and 50%. I need to come up with a way to get off my MDI's and get to a pump.
I can't be in a tree stand and take an injection! Waterproof is a MUST as that is my entire life outside work.
I would really like to hear about GOOD experiences from people like me who are outside more than inside. I know that things will happen - a bad pod, an inclusion alarm, a pulled infusion set, etc.. but at this point, after reading through the forum I am starting to second guess my options.
I am a type II (and not overweight, no bad eating habbits, i.e. non-typical of the mainstream endo's and media's description) that has recently become insulin dependent and very happy with my results. I am currently on Lantis and Humalog with a TDD of 50 - 60 units. However, I need a system that will allow my life to continue, not just get by day to day. I have had diabetes since I was in the Marines as a teenager and was able to control it with oral meds until the last couple of months. That is almost 20 years. I DO NOT want to look at insulin as a failure, but a way to make my life better. With that said, my life since going on MDI's has taken a toll - hell, it has pretty much come to a sudden halt due to the restrictions placed upon me with MDI's.
I welcome positive recommendations and reviews on pump therapy - instead of the girl on Youtube who says that OmniPod should be banned because she is an idiot!
I know I have been a bit long winded, but I am seriously looking out to all of you to assist me in making a decision that will have ramifications for the next 4-5 years. I have spoken to reps from both companies, and they all "assure" me that theirs is better in good old salesmanship fashion. Animas has obviously spent a LOT more on marketing, as their presentation was outstanding. Omnipod just says that they don't need to spend it there as their product is "Changing Lives Without Tubes" and sent me a demo kit.
I really hope that you all can help me come to a decision. My life, my family and my lifestyle is on the line here.
Lathump, you and I manage our pumping the same way. I change out the infusion set every 3 days. With the Cozmo 300 U reservoir it works great. The Cozmo, which I'll be giving up soon, works well for me. I wish the company had stayed in the pump business. I do all my boluses by touch with a single button. I rarely even look at my pump. The t:slim would change that because it appears very easy to access the pump functions. I don't like the Ping because the reservoir is too small at 200 U. I have a Dexcom and can't decide whether or not to go to their latest model. Dexcom is offering current users the new Dexcom to us for $399 until January 31. I can't make up my mind. In any case, the t:slim is very tempting. I like simple, and it seems to be the easiest pump to use on the market today.
Regarding HPNpilot's comment above re: pumps in general, I know the pump has added years to my life. On MDI for over 30 years my A1c was always in the 9's or greater. I haven't been over 7 for the last 12 years with a pump. In addition nighttime lows are as rare as fine paintings at a garage sale. I should add that it requires very close BG monitoring. It can be a nuisance but you gotta do it. There are no really bad pumps. Some just fit one person's needs better than another.