My son, 14, is having a lot of problems with the Dawn Phenomenon and his endo. said that the only way to prevent this (as we've already tried splitting his Lantus) is for him to go on a pump. HE really wants the OmniPod, but I have heard mixed reviews about them. 1.) I've heard that they just shut off (and stop delivering insulin) quite often. 2.) I've heard that they "scream"/alarm a lot if there is a problem. 3.) There is almost always a bad pod in every box. And 4.) You can't place them in as many areas as a tubed pumped for good absorption. I would love to hear your input on these issues. BIG THANKS!!!
Does it still hold the same amount of insulin? Do you think the adhesive is the same (we have already tried wearing the old/big one & didn't have any sticking issues). Thanks.
Yes it holds the same amount of insulin (200 u I believe?). They changed the shape of the reservoir (it's now oval looking?) instead of a cylinder, so it fits in a "thinner" space (hence how they can make the pod slightly thinner), but they made sure it still had the same total capacity.
My experience wearing the new ones since early December: Twice yes.
Are you in the US barend? We are wondering if we should place our order now or wait until the end of Feb. We don't want to be sent the old, big Pod and then have to wait for the new, smaller ones.
My 8 year old loves the OmniPod as much as anyone can. She did not like the tubing either. There is the occasional BAD pod but hey - it happens and we just change it and move on. Insulet has been great about replacing them so I just save them up until I have a few and then call them. Her A1c is 6.8 and for a 8 year old we are told that is great - I think it is due to the ease of management with the POD. The POD warns you when it is expiring with a few beeps - that embarrasses my daughter sometimes. All in All it is a good system and with the new PDM and smaller PODS coming out soon I hope it will even be better. Good luck with your quest I hope all works out well.
Wow! Thanks for ALL of the great responses. I think we're going to go with OmniPod after looking over all of the options of all the different pumps. We're going to talk with my son's endo. at his next appt. to get the ball rolling. I'd like to start over Spring Break to give us some time away from school to get used to pumping. :)
that sounds like a great idea, once jacob decided we jumped right on it and in hindsight it would have been better to start up during a break with the overnight checks and all, how is kyle with night time checks? jacob hates it hence we rarely do it but i always send him off to bed in a good place with some fat or protein on board if he was crazy with athletics i probably would feel compelled to do more night checks but his activity level is pretty consistent. best wishes! and keep asking once you start up, you are starting with so much more info than most, our endo didnt have really any experience with the omnipod so most of my info came from fellow podders here, those immersed in it are so much more knowledgeable, so you are in a good place!
Kyle has a CGM (just started 3 months ago) so it makes overnight checks much easier. I DO still check if the # seems high or low on the CGM, but I rarely wake him up when I do it. I have this little lantern and sneak in his room all stealthlike! LOL
Thanks again for all of your info. and we'll keep you updated when we start.
We also have a 14 year old daughter type 1. Her first pump was the Omnipod. She has been using it about 18 months. She LOVES it, and would never want to go back to injections. We did have a few issues in the beginning. It will take some patients early on. We did have some unexplainable highs early on. Not sure if it was pump issues or us. Most of the bad pumps we had were in the first three months of use. All I can say here is the effort to make it successful is very rewarding. She wears it in 4 spots and rotates. Right and Left back side above and below the belt line. She plays a lot of sports and it works great. No type of additional tape needed even in summer. It will allow you to change the basal and Carb ratio’s for different times of the day and night to fix the Dawn Phenomenon and other type issues. For your questions 1 and 2, we have had none of those issues. Early on in the first month we did think we had an absobsion issue. Now not sure that’s what it was. Question #3, we have had about 6 bad pumps in 18 months. They all were known to be bad during the priming and before being placed on the person. They were all replaced by Omnipod. No issues getting replacements. Just call and let them know when you have an issue with a pump and they send a replacement.
As for Question #4, I don't see any issues with where it could be worn. Any where you can pinch some fatty tissue should work fine. Our daughter has just worn it in the locations I described. She did put it on the back of her arm and that work fine also. Just does not like it placed there. More discrete on lower back. If you decide to go for the Omnipod just don’t give up early. It will be worth the effort. Your son will thank you.
Kenneth, are you talking around the "love handle" area? Do her shorts/pants rub or sit on the Pod there?
My son was 14 when he started pumping. The Omnipod was the only pump he would consider because he was adamantly opposed to tubing. We have had a few problems, but no more than we would have had with other pumps. Sure we've had some occlusions, but that is not the fault of Omnipod. We have only had a couple of bad pods in 2 years and customer service is great about replacing those. They have even replaced some that had occlusions within 24 hours. As far as sites go, I think we have more flexibility with the pod because you don't have to worry with tubing. Of course, he has only worn the omnipod so someone else's opinion on this topic may help more.
My son is very happy with his choice and that makes this Momma happy! Good Luck!!
An occlusion means it's actually blocked? How often has that happened? What causes that to happen?