Hi everyone! I am new here, and would LOVE some advice. I am about to go on an insulin pump, and the choices seem SO OVERWHELMING. I've narrowed it down to two I like that are available in Canada where I live, the medtronic Veo and the Omnipod. both seem very different.
I'll be honest and say the tubing scares the crap out of me, I am worried that I'll feel constantly on a leash and hooked up like an iv patient.I know thats pretty much the case anyway, but I have a hard enough time running with my iphone/ipod case hooked on my pants, the headphone cord drives me nuts.
Then I think the omnipod seems a good idea, and I can stick it on my lower or stomach back so its less visable, but am worried that it will be like sleeping on a lump. I wonder if you stop feeling it after a while?
I actually dont know anyone with even t1 diabetes, and the one friend I tried to talk to told me that if I went on a pump that my husband would feel like he was hugging a hospital patient, (yes, they are a moron) so at this point I am desperate to find someone who has a pump to chat with.
I know my doctor is leaning towards the Veo because of the continuous moniter option, but I dont think I'll be buying it because of the cost and my extended health care doesnt cover it. however, my plan only covers one pump for every 5 years, so it makes the decision even more stressful knowing it could be hard or expensive to switch if I make a wrong decision.
anyway, I would love some advice if there are things i dont even know to ask. I've had one medical rep visit my house, and I am waiting on the other to visit as well.
Another OmniPod user here and loving it! I have not had any reliability issues with the pods that some speak of here. I just couldn't bear the thought of the tubing, mentally it would be a constant reminder of my D. Plus the insertion sets scared me.
I chose OmniPod after wearing a demo. I don't find the size of the pod a problem. I also wear a Dexcom cgm and the two in tandem work for me. I started first with the Dexcom and once I was comfortable with that, I went with the OmniPod. The OmniPod feels just like the Dexcom but slightly larger.
The things I like the most about the OmniPod:
Not having to clip anything to my belt or hide tubing. I slip the PDM in my purse and go. When I'm at work, I set the PDM on my desk because it also serves as my meter. This is another added plus because I don't have to carry a separate meter. I also like that the OmniPod has an automatic insertion process - you just push a button on the PDM and it inserts...feels like a little rubber band snap and you're done and good to go. Super easy.
I also like being able to wear the pod under my clothing on my stomach and my upper arms. I forget where I've put it and have to pat myself down to remember. I like the fact that a stranger looking at me would never know that I have D because there's nothing visible attached to me.
Good luck with your demos. Either way, I hope you find the pump that best suits you and helps you with your control. :)
My experience is similar. I chose the pod for the auto-insertion and could not go without it! I love the pod. It is not a pancreas, so therefore it is not perfect and sometimes it needs attention at inopportune times. But that's life with D.
I don't find the size to be an issue (I'm 5'10" and 160 lbs). I often don't remember where it is on my body. I try not to sleep on it, but often wake up having rolled onto it and have had no issues.
I am pretty good at remembering my meter, cell phone, etc. Therefore, I don't find the PDM to be an issues. However, if someone is constantly losing their phone, this may not be the best option :)
In the end, it's your decision. Both pumps have great technology and lots of loyal users. Go with your gut, it wont steer you wrong!
oh and I want to add that I don't really care if people see it an ask what it is. Therefore the "hiding it" factor didn't really apply to me. :)
One other thought on going to a pump in general and the comments your friend made (people say stupid things don't they?). I fought going to a pump for 25 years and finally gave in because I needed the ability to vary my basal rates due to aging female hormones. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself and I wish I'd done it along time ago.
I think too as I age it's easier to keep a sense of humor about my D regimen and the things I have to do to take care of myself. When I was young, I worried about the tubing and what my husband and friends would think of me being attached to all that. Now, after almost 28 years of marriage, and wearing a Dexcom and pump, he calls me the bionic woman and his bff (we make fun of todays lingo). If your hubby understands that this will help you in your diabetes care, he'll adjust to it just fine just like you will.
I gotta agree with this. My hubby is committed to helping me with my health. If only he would take his own advice sometimes!
I have just switched to the Omnipod as well and don't find it bulky or heavy at all--but I have not used a regular tubed pump. There's no way I would want to now. Yes, the pdm is something else to keep up with, but I keep it with my cell phone at all times and haven't forgotten it yet.
I think it will depend on your body type whether you like the pod or not. I don't wear tight clothes, so when I wear the pod on my stomach, it's really hidden. I love wearing it on my arms too. Even thought I sleep on my side a lot, I've gotten used to it and am subconsciously careful in my sleep.
Have had a medtronic for a long time. The pump malfunctioned once a couple of years ago so I called the toll free number and had a new one the next day.
It takes some getting used to but I can't imagine going back to injections. I tried the CGM they offer but I think that technology needs to develop a bit more.