Hey Guys-

I am seriously considering getting a pump. That said, there seems to be Omnipod (no tubing, but may fall off) versus all the other regular pumps. My problems is I know nothing about the different brands. If anyone has actually tried more than one, please let me know why and which one.

Thanks-
I appreciate your recommendations and take them WAY more seriously than any doctor's.

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I have been on medtronic minimed 722 for about 3 weeks and so far so good, my trainer was amazing and my endo supported the pump therapy of my choise but strongly suggested minimed
Hi Lane. I've been on the Minimed 715 for several years and I've had no problems with it at all, it works great for me. The only drawback is that it's a little larger than I'd like, something smaller would be preferable. I don't know much about the Omnipod, but after what I've read others saying, I'll have to do some research on it.
I agree that this is a personal decision and it is so difficult when you are new to pumping. Look at your lifestyle and the features of the pumps and try to match from there. For example, if you swim alot, you might want the Animas or Omnipod as they are waterproof. If you are going to get CGMS then you have to really do your research. Do you like CGMS over another? Do you want it integrated with your pump? If you want integration then you have to go with Medtronic.

I tried sample pods for the omnipods and kept knocking them off. I am a bit clumsy and walk into things :) I really wanted a waterproof pump and I liked the color screen of the Animas pump and the food database since I was new at carb counting. I went with the Animas 2020 last spring and just upgraded this month to the Animas Ping. I love being able to bolus from the glucose meter and not have to touch the pump. It allows me to wear the pump in my bra with no worries and no tubing snags since the tubing is under my shirt.

See if your endo or the pump reps that work with your endos office will let you try a pump out. My endo's office wouldn't let me take one home but I was able to play with all the pumps in her office, that really helped me out. Contact Omni Pod for sample pods to see how they feel on you.

Good luck!
I don't have experience with multiplebrands of pumps, but I still thought I better share about our OMNIPOD experiences. My son is 3 1/2 and was diagnosed just before his 3rd b-day. We were on MDI until Jan 19, 2009 and have ben using the Pods every day since. We absolutely love it.

We get way more control over bolus amounts since his injection pen only had 1/2 unit increments. The pod can deliver a bolus as small as 0.05 units. Wow! Also, the BS monitor is integrated into the PDM so we don't have to carry as many items around. Customer service has been fantastic! Also no problems to report of pods not sticking, but one girl we met in an endo waiting room did say she had problems in this area.

We have had a couple problems with pods failing, and even our PDM failed on us once. We had one pod fail because of a static electricity discharge. Another failed for no good reason (there was a communication problem between the pod and PDM). Our PDM broke one day with a software corruption. THe company overnighted a new one to us at no charge, and our local Sales Rep came to us immediately after I called him and gave us a FREE PDM to keep. So we now have a backup in case of any problems. Fantastic customer service !!!!!!

Even though, we have had a couple issues, I WOULD NEVER GO BACK TO MDI. I love the OMNIPOD product, and we will be using it as long as they keep making them.

Also, after each pod is removed, and prior to disposal, I open them up and take out the batteries. They are still good, and I can use them in several of my kids toys. There are 4 of them in each pod, and so I keep a jar of the batteries just in case an electonic book of ours fails or the little motorcycle guys headlights stop working. LOL! Recycle I say!
Hi ,

My son has had a cozmo for four years. Since our warranty was up we gave the omni pod a try because of the no tubing. We LOVED it the first week. After that you couldn't pay me to have him use it. We had 10 pod failures in 3 days and a period of 4 hours during the night when he didn't get insulin and the alarm did not wake him or us. They felt that we were doing all the right things and did not know why it the pods were occluding . They were going to send out a rep to see of she could figure out the problem. I decided against it ,just felt I couldn't trust it and didn't want to deal with problems for four years.

We are now trying to decide if we want to get the new cozmo or try the ping or minimed. I will say it seems like cozmo has a lot of new features. During our 4 years the pump was replaced about 5 times. The meter breaks a lot. It was our first experience with a pump ,it truly changed our lives. Our son has down syndrome and HE learned how to do everything for himself except change the site. This just could not have happened with MDI. We are thankful for the progress that has been made since he was diagnosed as baby 16 years ago.
MInimed seems more basic from what I can tell , I think there big feature is the CGM. We are waiting for the ping rep to come on monday. Hoping that will be the "one" for him.

Good luck to you.
I went with the Animas Ping. This was based on many things, not the least of which are everyone's kind recommendations here. Been pumping for 2 weeks now. It's still not perfect, but getting alot better.

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