So I started the OmniPod 3 days ago and was supposed to changed it at 10:26 this morning. At the training session the trainer told me and I have read that it is only supposed to be worn for 72 hours and was told by the trainer that it would last for 80 hours but I am curious. There is still another day's worth of Humalog in this thing and it will hit 80 hours at 6:26pm which gives me about an hour. I don't want to just throw out another day's worth of Humalog so I'm curious. What is the longest anyone has worn their pod before changing? I'm guessing that there probably isn't enough battery power to go another day so I am planning to change it sometime between 6 and 6:30 when it will hit the 80 hour mark. Now that I know that I will not use 200 units in 3 days I will of course only put enough Humalog in to last 3 days with a little extra just in case I need it.

So what's the longest you have gone without changing your pod?

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Jared-

The Pod will deactivate itself when the 3 days is up....and it wont work after that. So, just change it at that point. If you feel the need, you can draw the insulin out of the current pod, i cant do it but my wife can. I felt like all this s*** was too much to deal with, so I changed to the "Ping".
Thanks Steve. That's what I was thinking but the 3 day mark was 7 hours ago. I'm not worried and it's not really a hassel for me. I was just curious if there was anyone who had been able to go longer than the 80 hours that I was told was the limit. I'll probably wait and see what happens at that point just to satisfy my curiosity.
I was told you have 8 hrs after the 3 day mark... then it will shut down.
You're welcome, Jared.....go ahead and try. I figure the pod will go into a long beep indicating the session is up, but if not, I am sorry. Good luck and PEACE.
The pod will automatically turn off after 80 hours. If you have an abundance of insulin left, there are posts above removing insulin from pods, although I believe Insulet discourages the practice. Hope this helps.
I have asked about removing insulin and I know that it can be done. The trainer showed me how to do it just in case I needed to. I honestly wouldn't want to reuse the insulin in my pod after it had been in there for more than 1 day. I am a rookie though so this is me finding out what I didn't know. :)
Hey Jared!
Congrats on starting the Omnipod! I have loved mine and I hope you'll love yours as much as I love mine.
Alrighty down to business. My trainer told me the same thing. It's 72 hours max and then you have 8 hours of extra time to get your act together and change your pod before it permanently dies on you.

I decided to see what would happen if I went the 80 hours (or maybe longer...so I tried) When I reached the 80 hour mark it told me the pod was no longer expired but completely turned off. So, long story short it won't let you go past 80 hours no matter how much battery power or insulin you have. It's all automatic. I have no idea how you could get it to go past 80 hours but I wonder if some ninja diabetic has figured it out by now!

After you take a swing at it a couple of times you'll know how much insulin you'll need for those 3 days and figure out times to change it that work for you.

Good luck and make those pods work for you!
Catherine
Ha, ha, I learned something. I never knew it went 80 hrs but now I do. I guess that's always what I've done, keep it going until the long beep indicates it's over and done with. I almost never take the insulin out unless it expires early due to an occlusion or just fails early which fortunately rarely happens. Sometimes I can get it out, sometimes I can't. What irritates me is the consistent beeping to warn you that you are on your last 8 hrs. Has anyone figures out how to turn that off? It's very intrusive when you're trying to sleep.
I haven't tried to figure out how to silence it--safety feature, I'm guessing. But, I have simply slept on it to stifle the annoying beeping.
80 hours. Somehow the pod knows when the time is up even if you keep it away from the PDM. I guess I'll change it now. It would be nice if someone could figure out how to hack the pods. That might not be something that you really want to play with. Wow! That long BEEEEEEEEEEEP does get annoying. I couldn't imagine this happening in an airplane or a courtroom or a movie or a restaurant.
Wow. First pod change was a bad pod. What's that saying?
When you prime the pod, it receives all of the programmed info plus it takes note of the time that you activate it. I usually try to get 80 hours out of my pod. You might want to check your stats regarding your average 3 day insulin usage and load a little more than that amount.....helps to cut down on wasted insulin. Regarding your first pod failure...be sure that your insulin is at room temp and slowly push the insulin into the pod while it's on a flat surface.

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