Does anyone use this and if so, how do you like them? Were they easy to get approved by your physician/insurance? I came across this in my research on the internet and thought they would be good for me, I take about 5-7 or so shots a day between lantus twice daily and novolog with each meal and snacks etc. For those who aren't familiar with it, its a little port/cannula you can insert in your skin and wear for 3 days-then all your shots are done through the port, without actually sticking yourself. Sounds neat! I would like a pump, but my insurance I am sure would deny it, and I don't think I could afford the co pays for tubing etc. anyway. Thanks for any replies!
I tried these devices before I got my pump because I was like you taking 5-7 shots a day. The first 2 I-port advances worked great. I didn't have any weird blood sugar numbers and it was a nice break from taking so many shots. The next I-port was terrible, I had some really high blood sugars for no apparent reason and after a day I decided to take it off. It left a really big bruise. My final attempt didn't work very well either. I finally decided it was better to know that the insulin was making it in to my body than guess with the I-port. My insurance refused to cover it although they will cover a pump 100% and cover my dexcom system 100% as well.
While it seemed like a great idea at the time. I think the 90 degree 6 mm long straight canula did not work for my body type and it is the only insertion set for the I-port advance. They do have a 9 mm length one which I knew was too long for me and would probably be uncomfortable. The other thing is they require a needle that is at least 5 mm long and I had to get some of those from my endo because I used the nano pen needles that are only 4 mm.
If you do decide to try it, they will send your doctor samples for you to try. They sent my primary care doc 4 samples and they also sent my endo 4 samples. The second set of samples is still in the box.
I am facing returning to MDI after being on the Omnipod system for 6 months with great success but, as it turns out, no real insurance coverage. I was taking a minimum of 5 shots a day (bolus and basal) and had terrible site reactions of a quarter sized raised welts which lasted for weeks and itched horribly. My endo suggested Iport and reasoned the one spot vs. five was a winner. I still got the locale reaction, just fewer. I eventually switched to Humulin r-500 as it is five times the strength and is seemed to work ok with less fluid entering my body... insurance won't cover Iport and it costs over $130 a month. My reaction wasn't to the adhesive or patch as the Pod gave me a similar nickel sized red spot that lasted for a week or so. I am going to try for another 'approved' pump, if a no-go, I will try the Iport again.