Hi all, I am totally new here! I am wondering if there are any former OmniPod users here who have now switched to Animas. I am considering the Animas for my 11 year old son. Is it true that the dosing precision of the Animas is better than OmniPod? I love the tubeless idea of the OmniPod and I hear the PDM is easier to use than the Ping. We have met all the sales reps (Medtronic as well) and seen all the device up close, but it is hard to really know what it will be like in reality. Any feedback about Animas vs. OmniPod is appreciated!
I tried OmniPod, but found that having that large "bump" on my arm or hip was kind of a pain. I know several folks who love it, though, so it's clearly an individual choice. I went Animas, and I've loved it for nearly two years. I've traveled with it all over the world and haven't had any problems with it. The tube is very surprisingly not a problem. During the day, the excess is tucked into my pants/waistband, and I hang the pump in a little pouch from my jeans pocket.
At night, I just lay the pump next to me in the bed. I toss and turn, but the worst that has ever happened is occasionally waking up wondering why I seem to be sleeping on a rock. But that's not often, whereas it was all the time with the OmniPod.
I disconnect the pump briefly for showers and other activities where it's clearly not convenient idea to wear it. But I swim with it, run with it, etc...
The vendors let me try wearing the different pumps for a week with saline, so I had a chance to try both. I simply could not get used to the OmniPod. I sleep on my side and toss and turn from one side to the other all night, and I simply couldn't do it with the OmniPod, with it on my hip or thigh or arm. It was like trying to sleep on a large rock. I really thought I wanted the tubeless OmniPod, so I asked for a second week to try to get used to it. No joy, I was really disappointed. Then I tried the Animas and went, "oh...well, that was sure easy." I can sleep laying right on the infusion set and don't even know it.
Hope this helps...
It's really ironic because many people get the Omnipod because they hate the idea of the tubing. But then people who end up getting tubed pumps find out that it is no big deal at all, and one of the easiest adjustments.
Exactly. I rarely notice the tubing at all. Interestingly, almost no one else does either. Twice in two years my dog has caught it with her paws while jumping up to greet me and pulled it uncomfortably. Three or four times I've caught it on a gate or something like that. I do a lot of work in the garage, around the house, in a machine shop, etc..., and have never had any real problem with it.
Thanks for the picture! It seems you have a system worked out quite well. My son is 11 and sleeps like a rock, so I'm not sure if rolling over onto a rock would phase him! We will also have a try out period with saline with the pump we choose, so I guess that will be the litmus test. I will also wear a pump with saline (although I am not diabetic) so I will also get a feel for it, whichever pump we choose. If we aren't happy with our choice, there is a grace period to allow us to change our minds. I know many people feel the tube is a non-issue, but it seems like more bits and pieces to deal with compared to the pod. Honestly, I wish my son's endo would chime in with an opinion. It is a big decision to make and I feel like the professional team has left it all up to us.
Thank you so much for all that information. I kind of feel like no matter which pump we choose, we will always have a complaint or issue with it since no system is perfect. You do bring up a good point about the infusion sets. If we end up with the OmniPod and it turns out that my son has a sensitivity to the adhesive, I guess we'll have to deal with that somehow. But isn't the adhesive the same on the different infusion sets? I know the cannulas and angles are different but is the adhesive different too? As for the infusion rate, I guess if it was an issue for my son, the endo would have said something about avoiding OmniPod. At least I hope she would have. We've met all the reps, seen all the stuff on offer and now we are in the final run up to the decision. I really do appreciate your thoughtful input.
If you really want a cool idea for your son, this is what I do. My wife sews a button hole into the inner pocket of my pants (shorts, pants, swim suit, any pants with pockets) and I thread the tubing through the hole to my infusion set, which I wear on my lower back, but could be anywhere. The tubing never gets caught or hung up on anything, I keep my pump in my pocket and I'm not banging it into door ways and such, and the tubing is more than long enough for me to access the pump for dosing.
I cannot sew! I don't iron either : )
Can't help you there...