Hi all, I am totally new here! This is my first post. I am wondering if there are any former Animas Ping users here who have now switched to OmniPod. I am considering the OmniPod for my 11 year old son. We live in Montreal and my main concern with OmniPod is service and support from GlaxoSmithKline, who distributes the pod in Canada. Is that an issue? As well, the Animas rep says the dosing precision of the Animas is better than OmniPod. Is that just a sales pitch? I love the tubeless idea and I hear the PDM is easier to use than the Ping. We have met all the sales reps (Medtronic as well) and seen all the device up close, but it is hard to really know what it will be like in reality. Any feedback about OmniPod vs. Animas is appreciated!
It is good to hear about your experience, especially the fact you had a rough start but you are glad you stuck with it. I can understand why it would be difficult keeping a pod attached while doing Brazilian Jiujitsu! Wow, that is an intense sport!
Yeah, I knew when I started on the pod that I was definitely going to lose a few during training. It took awhile to figure out a way to reinforce the adhesive enough to keep the pod affixed through 60 minutes of sweating under 10 lbs of double woven gi, with somebody trying to use anything they could get their fingers on as a handhold.
I wouldn't try to work it out, though, if I didn't think it was worth it.
Ok well I am from Montreal too And GSK is fine. Did you like Robert?
I looked at all the pumps when I was choosing, all pumps have pros and cons and any pump you choose it will have it's problems, nothing is perfect.
have you asked your son which he prefers? ultamitly he will be the one wearing the pump, and in the end he has to be happy with whats on his body. all pumps in the end get the job done.
I do love the omnipod for being tubless, I didn`t like the idea of having to prime tubes on the other pumps. it is my first pump so I can't compare to others really, only based on what I learned through research. With the Omnipod my blood sugars have been amazing since starting. I had a great pump coordinator at the royal vic, and she kept in close contact with me and my doctor till we got everything to where it had to be (the learning curv).
in whatever pump your son and yourself choose, I wish you all the best.
My son (who is currently 7) and I have been on Omnipod for 2 1/5 years. We both picked Omnipod because of the tubing issues with other pumps. He was five at the time, but I let him decide, and he chose the pods. We both love our pods (as much as one can love an insulin pump, ha!). The other thing the Animas rep might be talking about is that you have to increase your bolus increments by .05 with the Omnipod, while (I believe) the Animas will let you increase in .025 increments. But even when my son was 5, it wasn't that much of an issue. (and I'm sure your 11 year old is not as sensitive to insulin as a 35 pound five year old). The way one has to deal with the IOB issue (and I am SO GLAD they are changing the new PDM!!) - is that you have to look at the screen and see how long it has been since the last bolus. If it's under two hours (or whatever you find is your son's "window"), you need to remember not to correct for a high, as his body is still processing the insulin bolus for the food. Does that make sense? Basically, you have to manually think about how much insulin is on board. It's not an issue for me to think about, more of an issue if someone else is watching him. Good luck!
OK, I see how that works, and yes your explanation does make sense. I guess if we go with OmniPod we'll be stuck with the old system till they approve the new pods/PDM in Canada, which may be in the fall from what I hear. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate your explanation.
I just found out from the rep that the current Canadian PDM accounts for correction and carb boluses in the IOB. I don't know why the Canadian one has this feature already but is only coming with the new smaller pods in the USA, but I'm really glad it is the case because that was an important issue for us. We will only be getting the new "mini" pods in Canada in several months time (we hope!) so I really would not have been happy waiting for that feature. We are going with OmniPod and Hillel and I are really looking forward to starting.
Thank you everyone for your input. We are leaning towards OmniPod because it just seems more cutting edge than tubed pumps. With tubed pumps there are so many more bits and pieces to deal with it seems, with infusion sets and the pump itself. It was a bit of a turn off to see all the "merchandise" available from Animas to hold, hide, transport, attach etc. the pump! And so expensive too (at least here in the Great White North!)Why should there need to be so many accoutrements available to deal with the pump? If there are any more comments from members,I welcome them!
As a tip, we use Skin Tac wipes AND Mastisol spray to "glue" the pod to my daughter's skin and ensure it doesn't come off in the water. But first I use Cavilon spray as a barrier b/c for a while the pod was itching her like crazy. I use two sprays of Cavilon and rub it in good and she hasn't been itchy lately. Then, on top of the pod, we are now using kinesiotape to hold it down and make sure it can't snag on anything. We have tried almost every type of tape imaginable, and they either did not stay on in the water or they made her skin red and itchy. Prior to the KT tape (which we will see how waterproof it is tomorrow during her swim lesson) we were using the CVS brand of 2" x 4" heavy duty waterproof bandages. I also bought an arm band from bandsforlife.net and had my MIL make one for her leg. We still use those sometimes, but the KT tape doesn't bother her skin and it's stretchy and breathable. I wish I had known about it from the beginning!