It seems that everybody loves their omnipod. I had never heard of it until March 11, 2009 yesterday. I just came across this website today. From what I have found there are many people who are on the Omnipod that have never pumped before. So of course they only have good things to say. It also seems like the owners of Omnipod do a great job of protecting their name. So it is hard for me to find negative things posted about the omnipod. I have had a Deltec Cozmo for over five years and am in the market looking for my next avenue. I can give you all kinds of pro's and con's for my Deltec Cozmo. Here are my questions about the Omnipod.

1. Have you ever owned a different pump other then the omnipod?

2. If so can you compare the advantages and disadvantages of both the pump(ex. deltec cozmo, paradigm etc..) and omnipod.

3. The tubing never has bothered me much. Other then using the bathroom when I pull down my pants and at night when it sometimes wraps around me and bothers me seldomly. So what is the real pro of going tubless with the omnipod?

4.I wear my pump site on my stomach and switch sites all the way to around my back. That is where I would wear my omnipod if I got one. However, I am extremely athletic playing sports everyday like basketball and raquetball etc... The omnipod seems like it would possibly hinder my performance because it is large. Is this a myth that I am creating or could it be a problem? My pump site on my stomach is like two quarters stacked (very small compared to the omnipod.)

5. Finally I use about 100 units or more a day. Can you put more units then 200 in the omnipod at one time? If not can you refill the pod while it is on your body? What are the Pros and Cons of the omnipod? Please be honest and tell me your opinion.

Thanks for reading and Posting. Todd

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Hi. My son is 6 and has been using the OmniPod for almost 2 years. We too are very happy with it. To me, discretion and the ability to minimize "difference" for someone of Caleb's age was important. I thought that would be easier with the Pod attached to him rather than having to carry around the controller.

I won't repeat the pros that everyone else has said. As far as cons, I would like to see an improved IOB feature and the ability to program zero basal rates. A new controller seems near release and the user guide shows a new IOB function, so I am hopeful that issue will be addressed. There is also lots of talk about a new slimmer pod to be released although "when" is sketchy.
Lorraine,
My educator just received "word" from her rep (upon return from their annual sales conference) saying June is a likely date! And I hear the upgrade is very affordable.
Marina - Thanks. It's always good to hear what people are saying. I had heard "March" for the longest of times and since March has passed I haven't heard a new timeframe. I was disappointed to learn that the new PDM will not include meal bolus' in the IOB calculation. (See "discussion" link below). Regardless, we love the remoteness of OmniPod and still look forward to whatever the new PDM has to offer.

Thanks for watching Caleb on YouTube! - Lo

New PDM Discussion
Let's see - cons I've experienced:

1) ~10 pod failures (most of them due to occlusions) in the 6 months I've been wearing it.
2) The only place I can get decent insulin absorption is on my stomach - I've gotten inconsistent results on my lower back and arms, sometimes needing as much as 50% more insulin and the occlusions were much more frequent on my lower back and arms.
3) The IOB is absolutely awful - it only displayed correction bolus for IOB and not meal bolus. Guess what, when I test ~1 hour after a meal and I'm 150 the PDM wants to give me a correction bolus that is guaranteed to make me go low.
4) Small nit - the PDM will only tell you "50+" for the units of insulin remaining in the pod if you have more than 50 units. There have been times when I've wanted to know if I had 55, 75, or maybe even more.
5) The PDM has no vibration alert, only beeps. It's kind of annoying to have your low BG test alert/low insulin alert/POD expiration alert beep at you while in a meeting or at a very quiet part of a movie - it's not a big deal to me but a vibration setting would be nice.

Now, having said all that I still love my POD. For me tubing is simply not an option. I wore an older CGMS for 3 days - my endo wanted to see how things were going so we could get better rates for the POD. It was a wired CGMS and by the end of the 2nd day I swore I would NEVER own a tubed pump. I was so aggravated by the "leash" while I was sleeping, going to the bathroom, getting dressed, taking a shower, and even just moving around (having to tuck in the leash because I had the controller on my desk and had to have enough slack for it) that I simply ripped out the sensor without carefully removing the bandages holding it in. Since you don't have a problem with the tubing maybe the POD isn't for you.
1. Have you ever owned a different pump other then the omnipod?
No, this is my first pump after 17 years of being diabetic I finally made the jump to pump

2. If so can you compare the advantages and disadvantages of both the pump(ex. deltec cozmo, paradigm etc..) and omnipod.

3. The tubing never has bothered me much. Other then using the bathroom when I pull down my pants and at night when it sometimes wraps around me and bothers me seldomly. So what is the real pro of going tubless with the omnipod?
If having tubes wraped around you doesnt bother you then why change. I can sleep anywhere, with the pod on any location i never notice it.

4.I wear my pump site on my stomach and switch sites all the way to around my back. That is where I would wear my omnipod if I got one. However, I am extremely athletic playing sports everyday like basketball and raquetball etc... The omnipod seems like it would possibly hinder my performance because it is large. Is this a myth that I am creating or could it be a problem? My pump site on my stomach is like two quarters stacked (very small compared to the omnipod.)
I am very active and have never had a problem, I have worn the pod on my throwing are while play catch not a problem, yes it seem slightly larger bit its bout the size of half a hard boiled egg. Go to the myomnipod.com site and they will send you a trial one then you can see for yourself if it would meet your needs.

5. Finally I use about 100 units or more a day. Can you put more units then 200 in the omnipod at one time? If not can you refill the pod while it is on your body? What are the Pros and Cons of the omnipod? Please be honest and tell me your opinion

No you cannot put more than 200 units of insulin and you have to start a new pod once you are out


My cons would be going through the whold occulsion s***, I had like a whole box of 10 pod that where shitty, but insulet will replace any unworking pods, at times it really pissed me off but I do not and will not go back to MDI or a pump with tubing. If what you have works for you then great, What I have works for me and I couldnt be happier.
I've been on the Omnipod for a year, and though I've had some problems, I really like it. I never considered the pump before because I have a hard enough time getting dressed every morning (female, obviously) without having to worry about where/how to hook it up. (Guess I'm lazy; I wouldn't use contact lenses until they made the sleep-in kind.) Also I worried about getting it wet, tangling, etc. The biggest plus for me is being able to program the PDM in public so discreetly. I even had a waitress tell me my cell phone was cool! I love not having to do shots, but since that's true of every pump it doesn't count as a plus for you. My Problems have been pod failures, about 5 of them in a year's time. The company is good about replacing them, though. In fact, their phone customer service people are some of the nicest i 've dealt with. The biggest lesson I've learned is to be prepared with extra pods and all the rest of the equipment. I was in London for a week and took 2 extra pods (beyond the ones I knew I'd need). As luck would have it, I had 2 failures in that week and so had to go without the pod for a day and a half. SInce I was prepared with syringes, insulin pens, etc. it wasn't disastrous. I hope you'll let this group know what you decide to do. Good luck!
1. No.
2/3. I've been freaked out about the whole tethered thing. I am active. Play V-ball. I cannot imagine diving for a ball and having something happen to a foreign object in my abdomen. I do get weirded out easily. T1DM since 1980 and could not do it until the OmniPod. I also hated the thought of only having my midsection to deal with (insertion). Tonight I am wearing it on the back of my right arm. I changed it this morning. One time I had a few highs during my days on my arm. I thought (incorrectly) that my absorbtion was bad when wearing it on my arm. I've had great readings all day today. I don't see it, feel it.
4. So I answered part of this in the previous answer. (wearing it on my arm...) As I said earlier, I play competitive volleyball. You cannot beat the flexibility of the OmniPod. It is not large. I'm rather thin and unfortunately my arms are rather skinny. I don't have very much extra fat on my hips, stomach, side, back, thighs. I think I've nailed every spot I've tried with OmniPod. They all work.
5. No, No...
5b. I'd like the s/w to be more advanced. (I'm a tech freak)
I wish it would give me the vibrate/no beep option.
I wish I could keep it on longer than 3 days & 8 hours.
I agree with John E on his #3. IOB vs. correction boluses. I've learned a work around that works for me...
I also would like to see exactly how many units I have in the pod above 50.

BUT! I LOVE MY POD!!! From 11/1980 to 10/2008 the lowest HbA1c I ever had was 8.4. After receiving the OmniPod in 10/08 I received my results in January, 2009. I now am at 6.8! Going down from here...

You'll love it.
Hi, I'm Noemi, Juan's mom, he's only 9 yrs old, I did some research on different pumps before I decided on the Omni Pod, I just love it there are no tubes, he can take a bath and swim up to an hour in a pool or at the beach and he swims in deep water and does no damage whats so ever.He is very active and of course a little boy who jumps and plays etc, It holds up to 200 units you should be good.
The main reason I really like the OmniPod is being able to change it faster. I had a MiniMed pump for about a year. I liked it because it would carry 300 units of insulin. The tubing bothered me more at night when I had to make sure there was a "pocket" to put it in, and making sure I did not disconnect myself in my sleep. I found changing the tubing took a while, and there were too many steps. Fill, prime, had to have the inserted with me.......We do like to camp during the summer and it was sort of difficult doing all that in a tent! I can change my OmniPod anywhere, in a short amount of time. I do change my pod more often because it holds only 200 units, but that just means every other day as opposed to every three days. I have had a few defective pods, but they have all be replaced, so no big deal. The size of the pod was a minor problem compared to everything else. Good luck making your decision!
Hi!
I actually used a MM 508 (for 5 years) and 722 (for 4 years) before switching to the omnipod. For me it was a matter of the MM constantly failing. It seemed like they were always sending me a replacement pump and I was always having issues with sites. MM kept telling me I had "too much scar tissue" (even though my doctor said that they didnt believe it was a problem) and thats why my sites were failing (they had no real explanation for the pump failures). So far I have used the Omnipod for almost a year and have had two site failures (both on the third day a few hours before I needed to change). The tubing had never bothered me either but I now LOVE IT! I am also althletic (work out everyday (running) and lift weights with a trainer twice a week) and the omnipod is actually nicer than the MM sites were (I used the siloette (sp?)) sites that are the same as the 45 degree one on the omnipod. Maybe it is just me but I feel like because the omnipod is a little bigger it is more secure. I had lots of sites stop working after work outs before the omnipod. (I also almost exclusively use my lower back as a site and have never had an issue while working out.) Sometimes if I am doing a hard abs workout and my pod is on my stomach I keep an extra eye on blood sugars just to be careful but have never had it stop working. I am also getting back into swimming now that I dont have to worry about my pump not being waterproof. The only thing about the pod is that it only holds 200 units. I only used about 125 units in three days so this has never been an issue for me... Hope this helps!

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