I recently switched from medtronic to the omnipod..,so far things have been great, but after ready a few of the discussions on here I am becoming a little scared... and thinking maybe I made the wrong choice?
I think all pumps have "quarks" and "issues".. I had plenty with the minimed... but just looking to hear some positive feedback... as well as the main issues.
we had same thing with insurance, but just pay cash, 300$ a month...
Generally, I am very happy with the OmniPod. I've been happy with most, if not all, of the trade-offs. I like not snagging my tubing on doorhandles, I like not wasting insulin in the tubing, and I like that it stays on me no matter what. I haven't forgotten the PDM in years now, and although I have had pods fail during priming at varying rates over the years, Insulet has replaced them either immediately or around the start of the next month. They have been good about sending them more quickly if I let them know that I am running pretty low on pods. It is not ideal that they fail mechanically, but I cannot fault Insulet's customer service.
My omnipod functions in a satisfactory manner with very few issues.
i LOVEEE my omnipod & wouldnt ever consider anything with tubing. end of story.
There are a few issues of course, but it's technology. I get frustrated with my computer too sometimes because it's not a perfect product.
My blood sugars are predictable on the Pod..
With the pod plus a Slow Carb diet my last several months of BGs have been averaging between 125 to 140. With very few lows. Can't be more thrilled.
Thanks Everyone!!!! I switched from minimed at my doctors suggestion... somehow I had the worse luck with medtronic! The final straw or so I thought was when the pump broke in my final trimester of pregnancy... but even after all that it took another year before I was actually able to make the switch. Reading everyones experiences has made me 100% certain I made the right decision. Hopefully my opinion will remain high in a few months :) Im a pretty avid runner... and I am looking forward to no tubes getting in the way!
I think this is one of the biggest issues that Insulet faces in growing the OmniPod customer list. Keep in mind the idea of the vocal minority - if someone is having troubles or frustrations, they are going to be the people out here seeking help, advice, or even just a place to vent. That's true regardless of what the subject is - insulin pumps, cell phones, parenting, whatever.
On the other hand, if something "just works" and you go on every day doing just fine, those people have a LOT less reason to be vocal on forums like TuDiabetes. Think about it, why would the people who have no or little trouble be out here being vocal?
So there will always seem to be a lot of voices of discontent, but I firmly believe that is the minority, by far. There are thousands of people using OmniPod, most of whom you NEVER hear from or about because we're getting along just fine.
That's not to dismiss those people who do have issues. Clearly no pump is right for everyone; no doubt OmniPod is not the right choice for every diabetic.
Great point Eric!
My son is 11 and has been wearing the pod for two and a half years. He loves it which is why we love it. It's the only pump we've ever used, but my son was so against the idea of the tubed pump (we made him wear one for 15 minutes and I think he thought he was dying the entire time.) Yes there have been failures and issues, and a couple month stretch about a year ago where I was wondering if we made the right choice because of them - but even in the midst of that my son was very clear that it was worth it. He is very active and it's definitely been the best choice for us in that arena too.