I currently have the minimed paradigm insulin pump but it is time to get a new one. I really like to idea of not having wires which the omnipod offers but I have heard a lot of bad reviews about it. Anyone have any suggestions?
I'm an Omnipod user...and absolutely love it! Unlike a lot of other people on here, this is my first pump. I honestly did not want a pump until I heard about the Omnipod! I just don't think I could handle tubes and wires. For those what do use tubed pumps, more power to you (: I know I couldn't do it! But the pod is great! User friendly and the customer support (IMO) is great, too! I'm sure others will love to input into this thread...just something to start it going!
Thank you for the response. I haven't heard a lot of good stuff about the omnipod so it is definitely good to hear from you. I am just about over the wires. I have had them for 10 years and feel like they should come out with something better. I don't think the pod would hold enough insulin for me though :(
Have a rep from the pumps your interested in actually meet you and in the case of the omnipod call/email for their demo pod....
The omnipod is great if 1) Your insurance will cover it or most of it, 2) if it works for your body type.. Remember the Omnipod has a one size fits all insertion/cannula... If it were me, Id try the animas ping, as well as the newer paradigm (Revel).. Might even look at the Accu-Chek Combo (if it comes out soon) or the Medingo patch pump (also soon to be avalible) called the Solo.
Its like buying a car, you really need a one on one with the companys rep and the device.. if they give you a hard time with getting that.. Walk...
I ended up buying one of the less popular pumps due to the stellar sales support. But its integration is lacking.. I only wish it was a bit more integrated.
I upgraded to paradigm again because of the CGMS integration. It is really cool! I have always had a pump with tubing so I dont know any different. I didnt want the omnipod becasue it protrudes too much for me. I like to conceal my pump.
You would think that would be possible. They can make birth control in a patch...why can't they make pumps more techy....I want a teeny tiny one that is wireless and the remote looks like a cell phone that can be tucked away in my purse easily. I would also like my bloodsugar to be monitored from the same site!! I don't want to have 2 sites stuck on my all the time....in a perfect world everyone could have exactly what they wanted.
Just to clarify for those here and in other threads who talk about pumps with "tubes and wires." I have never seen any wires. There is ONE plastic tubing. No wires. I think people who don't like the tubing probably have never tried one. It is OK to go with the tubeless if that is what you want. It is great that there is a choice now. Just a few years ago there was no choice.
But for me, I like the pumps with tubing and will not switch even if MiniMed creates a tubeless pump. I just don't want a big lump stuck on me and don't want all the taping that seems to be involved. I like the low profile tubing insert and I like not having to have a separate remote gadget. It is also easy to unhook for the shower.
To me, a main consideration that lots of pre-pump diabetics do not seem to think about is the size of the reservoir. Yes, there are some, perhaps many, diabetics who get by with just a few units a day but the longer you have diabetes, the more likely your dose will increase. So again, for me, I must have a 300 unit reservoir vs the 200 (more like 180) reservoir that most companies provide.
Finally, you must handle the different pumps and if possible test them with saline. I found that it took me two pumps to learn that I need to test drive all of my everyday pump actions in order to really evaluate it.
If I could get the Veo in Gr Britain or Australia or several other countries, I would. The new MM 723 is close to it but not as good in my opinion. But again, that is my personal opinion and lots of folks like Animas or Omnipod, etc.
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