Hi everyone -
My son, Will, has been on the OmniPod now for almost 9 months and we're still loving it. I thought I would start this thread for those of us who have been using it to help the new folks with all our OmniPod tips & tricks that we've learned over the course of using the product.
Here are a few of ours:
1. After filling a new pod with insulin, take a q-tip and put it in the window of the pod to absorb any insulin that might have leaked in there during the priming - this will make it easier to see the cannula in the window (no condensation build up).
2. Use Medi-Sol Adhesive Spray removal to remove an old pod during a change. Once you spray this on, you can fill and prime your new pod and during that time deactivate and pull off the old pod.
3. Pod changes after a shower are good because when the pod is wet, it does come off easier (for little kids, put them in the bath).
4. Pods that have the serial number L114 are the beeping pods of death....they are the one's that fail on priming We have had several of these and customer service has replaced them all.
5. For sports & swimming - use a 3M Coban Wrap around the pod (placed on the arm). This will allow you to swim all day. Works great and use can get them at the grocery store!
6. SkinTac & IV Prep are also really great if you have a problem with the pod falling off - also, some folks swear that the soap they are using has some correlation to how the pod stays on. So if you are having sticking problems, change your soap and see if that's the problem. We use alcohol only to put our pods on and get three days of use out of them.
7. Unexplained highs after pod changes - give a bolus before the pod change - you have to experiment with this - customer service says anywhere between 1/2 unit to a unit depending on your size, etc.. This would be a good thing to talk to your CDE when you go for a check up. We're still experimenting with this so I have not conclusive words of wisdom to pass on...
8. If you get a pod that beeps and you can't turn it off - take a paperclip and open it up to a point. Look at the top of the pod - where there is a round patch (I believe that's where the batteries are) there is a little dimple on the pod - place the paperclip in that little indent and push down hard - it will turn the beeping off - if that doesn't work (sometimes it will start to beep again when you take the paperclip out) if that happens - throw the pod in the freezer - once frozen, it will stop beeping.
9. If you are like me and are saving all your old pods because you feel bad throwing them in a landfill, OmniPod is working on a recycling program - who knows when this will happen but for those of us who are feeling bad about the waste, hang on to them, you may be able to send them back for recycling sometime.
10. Pods that lift off the adhesive and pull away from the body - use superglue or liquid band aide to glue the pod onto itself. Place two tiny drops in the corner where the pod is square. DRY THOROUGHLY BEFORE PUTTING ON YOUR BODY. We just tried the superglue but I haven't removed the pod yet (am doing that today - if there is a problem, I'll update you all) the pod did stay stuck to the adhesive for three days. I'm going to try the liquid band aide next because the superglue seems a bit scary.
Hope these tips & tricks are helpful. If you have some, please add to the post. The more we know, the better we can deal with all of this.