I have been using the omnipod for a little over 2 years (I had a minimed for many years before that). I love the pod but have been having problems lately with insulin absorption in my regular sites (abdomen and lower back). Especially having problems with highs the first 12 hours or so after changing sites. Where else should I try placing my pod? I know a lot of people use their arms- I have never tried this mostly because I prefer that it is not visible and also seems like it could get in the way at the gym. Has anyone tried higher up on the back? What about legs? I haven't tried my legs because it seems like it will be a weird visible lump under jeans and tighter pants, but I am open to suggestions. I am a very active mother of 3 - I work out pretty much everyday mostly at the gym and run outside about once a week.
Cherise, Your outer thighs on the side or more on the top or bottom? Or i guess inner thighs could work too? where exactly do you place it? Thanks :)
My DD is 6, not an adult, but we have great success with arm sites. The site is high up enough on the back of her arm, that when she is wearing short sleeved shirts you can't see it. You can tell she is wearing it when she wears long sleeves since the sleeves are tighter, but we don't mind. She is very active (of course, she's 6) and plays soccer and softball and we've never lost an arm pod during any activity. Soccer can get pretty rough as well but we haven't had a problem.
I have found that I can wear my pods in lots of different places. I can't use my stomach (due to too many years injecting/pump) and I get pain/failures regularly when I use my thighs. I too have used the back of my arms (place in the area highest on back of arm right at armpit). Out of the way and easy to use tape/arm band to keep it in place if needed. Another area that works for me is my upper chest/breast. I would advise women to check with their Dr to check if using breast is ok, but it works for me. Everyone's mileage may vary, so you have to see what works for you. Good luck, Hank.
I mainly use the back of my arms with a elastic sleeve to keep from bumping it when I wear short sleeves. On occasion I'll switch to my stomach area.
I actually use the back of my calf, seems a bit odd but it works! Absorpion was an issue at first but I run a few times a week and this site was the least aggravating when I finally got the absorption issues out of the way!
I use my arms a lot, sometimes legs. But I do still use my abs about 1/2 the time.
Something I've started to notice is that I think that the insulin delivery may be affected by a pressure difference in the filling of the pump. I noticed some high/low issues after a few recent pump replacements, and tried an experiment. It seems that if I do not put air into the insulin vial before pulling out insulin into the syringe, therefore creating a vacuum that "pulls" on the insulin, I create a "low pressure" situation inside the pump after transferring the insulin to it. During the first few hours, I was higher than normal due to the inslin not delivering from the vacuum or "pull". So, to test more I then created a "high pressure" situation where I put in more air than needed in the vial, creating a "push", before getting insulin into the syringe and putting it in the pump. After that the first few hours I was lower than normal. So I believe I've found that I need to be very careful to put the exact amount of air into the insulin vial before pulling insulin for a new pump.
My hips work fairly well for me tho you have to be careful when pulling down pants that your fingers don't hook it.
Inner thighs and the backs of my upper arms are favorites for me. On my arms, I go high enough that the pod will be covered easily by a T-shirt. I rarely use my abdomen anymore. The inner thigh area is well protected. That's what I use for basketball. I've only had a pod knocked off of my upper arm a couple of times in two years. Door frames are usually the culprit when they get hit there. Of course, folks who give me a friendly shoulder hug are sometimes surprised by grabbing a pod.
As fate would have it, two days after this post, I knocked a pod off on a square column inside our beach house. I was reaching across a table next to the column and caught the pod on my upper arm pretty hard. I had just put it on that morning (sigh).