So many recent posts complaining about "this & that" concerning the Omnipod system.............well, I for one want to say that Omnipod is the BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME since I was diagnosed with diabetes. That is all........:) If the system doesn't fit your needs, or isn't your "style", then try something else, but don't waste my time trying to convince me that Omnipod suks, because I LOVE IT! It allows me to jog, play golf & tennis & go about life like any healthy person. Thanks for listening. johnny
I am planning on getting an omnipod. All I have seen really is negativity. I REALLY don't want a pump, but when I saw this I liked it. I am doing a demo and don't mind the bulk of it. I am aware and can ensure it stays on. I am planning on having a family in the future and I really think this is the best choice for myself as well as them (whoever they may be). But I am really scared about getting it...just nervous, I want it to work, I want it to make it so I am not thinking about shots 24/7 or forgetting my long acting...
Well, I don't ave any comparison as the Omnopod is my first pump. I tend to look at results first. For me BG is more stable and insulin consumption lower than during my MDI time. The pods are for me very comfortabele: sleeping, showering, sporting and so on. Unfortunately, nothing is flawless so I have experiended in the first three months variable problems. Ypsomed, the European distributor of Omnipod, have always adequately reacted to my problems.A big salute to the inventor of Omnipod!
I appreciate the information coming from Omnipod users regardless of the nature of the post. If somebody is having issues, we as fellow users are the best resource available for help or just to be a shoulder to cry on when things seem overwhelming.
That being said, I, personally, don't need to hear the latest set of reasons why a former user decided to switch from the Omnipod. For me, there is a difference between saying, "Hey, I want to work with this pod thing and I need some advice on how to work through some issues" and "Hey, here is why I'm no longer using this pod thing because it's the worst piece of crap I've ever used."
Everybody, of course, is welcome to their opinion and everybody is free to post in a respectful manner, even if it is to rail on a product that I find quite useful and life-changing. I completely understand that the Omnipod does not work for everybody, but I do believe that, like me, most of us who are having a reletively trouble-free experience are content to simply have our reletively trouble-free experience while trying to help other experience the same relative contentment if at all possible.
If somebody is moving on, I respect that decision and the decision to post here with an explanation why. I just don't feel a particular need to comment either way anymore. I'll always have a firm handshake and nod of understanding for anybody who has made that decision though.
FHS I wholeheartedly agree w/ you sir!
I am glad we have this community available to us as a place where we can come and ask questions, vent, etc. But in general, I am happy with my pumping experience on the pods and am happy to help others who have a similar interest in having success with the pods. So I enjoy helping out (at least in my head it's "helping out" when I add my two cents ;) and giving those newer users (or heck even seasoned users that are having issues) anything that I can offer in the form of advice and my anecdotal evidence of what has worked for me.
It is true that using the pods (and pumping in general) is not for everyone. I respect the decision of others to move to a different management system, and also understand that it is a difficult one to make (no matter the reasoning). I really like your comment about the "firm handshake and nod of understanding". I totally agree!
And Johnny, I'm really glad that you have been so happy w/ your pumping experience! Ultimately, that's what we're all here to do--getting back to doing what we love to do and making diabetes as easy as possible within our lifestyles!
While I can understand why a happy OmniPod user would prefer not to filter through a number of complaints, I very much appreciate reading the complaints. I'm considering taking the leap and switching from MDI to a pump. It's very helpful to hear every side of the story.
Reading the good and bad about CGM's helped me choose the DexCom. And, that has worked out very well. So, I hope to select a pump the same way.
I did the same thing. Before starting on the Omnipod earlier this year I read as much as I could find on pumping in general and specifically the Omnipod. Greatest thing about complaints is that you find solutions too. Nothing's perfect, but interestingly, I've not had many of the issues that most of the complaints here and elsewhere are about. Very few problems at all. The few issues were fixable too. Pumping with the Omnipod has been easier than I expected.