Well, I looked but didnt see anything here about the Omnipod Canada Web site being alive and well so hopefully I am not relaying an old news. www.myomnipod.ca is working now with info on its launch in Canada later in the year. Its been a long time coming. Cheers.
I'm not looking to get one (I have an Animas Ping). I was surprised by the July 1 date, too, but my CDE was sure of it. I have since tried to search for more info online, but I haven't found anything to confirm what she said.
She had one, so I got to play around with it. The pods are heavier than I expected (not super heavy, but they carry a bit of heft), but not as outrageously huge as I thought they'd be. The PDM is kind of dinky, and the buttons are hard to push, but the interface is fairy intuitive. It's definitely a step in the right direction. I can't wait till all pumps are tubeless.
Trial Omnipod , Aug 02 - 05 on my arm , with saline ...my Pump Nurse gave me a crash course today ....it should be available ...Omnipod connected to the FreeStyle meter ...I will use my Bayer Link so will enter BG tests manually . I will try to give an unbiased update after the 3 day use ...please stay tuned.PS : pump probably should have been placed a bit more towards the middle of arm ..please remember I am in the learning mode :)
I posted this in the discussion " Omnipod in Canada ! and " copied and pasted "
My observations of the 3 day trial are limited, as I would require more some training .Positives : no worry about air bubbles, screen easy to read,as a small daily user of insulin pod large enough for the 3 day duration .Neg : Medtronic , Veo has smaller increments of insulin , first day caught pod on back of chair,some sensation , however gadget stayed in arm and added extra IV3000 tape .When pod added to arm felt sharp sensation for about 4 secs , when removed noticed bruise .Bruising also happens with present infusion sets. Basal input less user friendly and can only set 4 rates ??? Carb ratio settings : 4 only ?? When low BG is there a record for added carbs ?? Can pod be set for warnings about missed bolus ?? Downloading information more complex than with the MM's CareLink program ??? ...I was glad I had the opportunity and I will continue with my Medtronic Veo /CGMS .I understand, that the basic programming of the Omnipod is similar to the Animas pump .
PS next generation pod will be smaller .
I had an appointment with my endocrinologist today and he gave me a demo pod and we talked about what we need to do to get it to happen. They're gonna be busy for awhile I imagine since it became available only 2 days ago. Unfortunately, the price point is about what all the other pumps in Canada cost. My doc quoted me $6000, but said they might accept no interest payment plans. I'm got the demo on now and I can't feel a thing. I'll have to see what sleeping with it will be like.
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