So having had the recent issues with knocks – and the Pod shutting down but screaming - today was another day of errors ! so at 15.15 hrs today I had to change my Pod – I have moved the active vial of humalog out of the fridge as suggested (Working well – no bubbles) - I had a meeting that finished at 16.30 – leaving me 30 mins to change and get to my client for 17.30. But no – last Pod in my box at work – I kinda knew in my heart it wasn’t going to initialise !! No beeps to way the PDA was going to see it – No pod ! Rather than being hacked I switched to syringe and vial for 3 hours. It just makes me feel vulnerable rather than angry.
Sorry you had a bad day, Jgos! Those are the worst when I forget to bring enough supplies! And doesn't Murphy's law always strike at moments like that?!?! :)
I have used pods that do not double beep as long as the pdm will prime them. In the future, that might help you. Even if you don't use it for the full 3 days, you could get through the meeting and home for a new pod.
I thought I had heard that before - tried it - but of course the PDA would have none of it !! I reckon I just need to make that call to the European supplier and give all the serial numbers of the pods - hear the normal message - and move on.
sorry to hear about it...Jgos! Your experience is exactly why I say in my profile..."Ominipod...so MDI 50% of the time!" And I still believe it is true, when asked "how do you treat/control your diabetes?" Wnen you are using the Ominipod, you are using shots AT LEAST 50% of the time. Good Luck, and PEACE
Sorry Steve - I dont get the "shots" point ? New to pumpimg - only a year now with Omni -
I'm sorry I wasnt more clear...I just mean "I have to use MDI (multiple daily injections) whenever a pod fails on me, which is at least 50% of the time. I hope you are having better luck, but it sounds like you are not.
Reading about all these failures is a bit disconcerting for me....I've only been on the pods for a month, and so far so good (except for one "failure" in which no reason was given, it just told me to discard it). Other than that, so far so good.....let's hope it stays that way. My biggest "problem" so far is just finding a good spot. I'm fairly thin - not much "chub" to work with. I just really hope I don't start getting a bunch of failures, because I really like not having tubing. It's almost like I'm not wearing a pump at all.
I'm fairly thin too. I've got through 50 pods now, though, without any problems. I rotate between four sites: upper arms (somewhat toward the back) and the sides of my body at belly button height, again towards the back.
The injector only goes in 10mm, and it's at a slight angle. I can grip about 10mm of flesh in those four areas (a little more in the arm, but some of it is muscle). No problems so far.
I actually push down on the "nose" of the pod for insertion. I tried pinching up once and screwed it up. Seems to work fine, for me, at least.
I pinch around the nose of the body so that my skin is raised up by about the length of the canula - about 10mm. When I have failed to do this, on my upper arm, I ended up with something that felt like it might have been in my arm muscle.
I guess it all depends on how much fatty tissue you have where the canula goes in.
My son has been on the Omnipod for 2 and a half years and in that time has had 1 injection. Not to say there haven't been multiple pods that have failed, and a new PDM (or maybe 2?) but we've never had to resort to an injection.
Only 3-4 months for me, but if I did have to give myself an injection I think I'd feel like I had regressed to the dark ages.
Jgos - Did you never have to use Injections? Before the pump, how did you take your insulin? By "shots" I mean injections, that is the "slang" in USA.