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OmniPod Users

This group is dedicated to giving OmniPod users a place to discuss and share our experiences so that we may grow and help each other "make diabetes a smaller part of our lives."

Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin pumps and pump supplies, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin pumps and pump supplies (as well as other diabetes-related prescription items).

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

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Omnipod & porcine insulin

Started by KCCO. Last reply by Dave 18 hours ago. 6 Replies

Manual pod reset of alarm

Started by MarlboroNick. Last reply by Dave 18 hours ago. 13 Replies

New syringe design

Started by Kate. Last reply by Michael on Saturday. 9 Replies

Problems with Lancets?

Started by SherryAnn. Last reply by SherryAnn Nov 20. 8 Replies

Asking for advise before starting omnipod!

Started by Bondedbyblood. Last reply by Mike Adelman Nov 20. 16 Replies

OmniPod and Apidra

Started by rgcainmd. Last reply by Mike Adelman Nov 20. 10 Replies

Do you plan to change a pod at work?

Started by Dave. Last reply by Mike Adelman Nov 20. 16 Replies

New to this board and New to Omnipod

Started by Ms Ashua. Last reply by SherryAnn Nov 18. 11 Replies

What happens when people notice your pod?

Started by daydreamer630. Last reply by Ms Ashua Nov 12. 67 Replies

Looking for site suggestions!

Started by jen627. Last reply by MD Mom Nov 12. 25 Replies

Clock on PDM

Started by rgcainmd. Last reply by Dave Nov 11. 12 Replies

pods and medicare.

Started by joey. Last reply by Andy Nov 10. 1 Reply

Sticking Needle

Started by SherryAnn. Last reply by SherryAnn Nov 6. 13 Replies

My first month with the Omnipod

Started by Colwood. Last reply by Michael Oct 31. 6 Replies

Do you bleed upon OmniPod pod removal?

Started by MarlboroNick. Last reply by Stress Oct 31. 13 Replies

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Comment by The Diabetic Camper on September 7, 2011 at 1:07pm
The real question is when will the PDM get an upgrade from 1984 technology. Like seriously, we don't get a qwerty keyboard to keep a food diary. So I have to keep a notebook and pencil on me. The c
You can't read the screen in daylight. The graphics are lower than space invaders and looking at the graph view i can't tell colors or if the x is on the 100 or 150. My buttons stick creating an error message and they squeak when pushed.
Comment by EricG6410 on September 7, 2011 at 12:48pm
Courty/Rebecca is the smaller POD design going to have a lower minimum amount of insulin use as well?
Comment by Rebecca on September 7, 2011 at 12:45pm
Courty, yes they are working on a smaller pod. It's the same smaller pod that was supposed to be out last year. The FDA changed all the rules last year and it's held things up. I have to imagine that the new pods are nearly though the clearance process now but those of us who have been waiting on them for over a year now (or longer) aren't holding our breath.
Comment by Courty1 on September 7, 2011 at 12:17pm
Has anyone heard word that omnipod is working on a smaller pod and it should come out by the end of this year? I started using my omnipod earlier this year and had a number of discussions with people about this pump and I vaguely remember that someone had told me this. I love this pump but I am very petite and dont have much area to insure good rotation and with the minimum amount of insulin being 80u, I generally waste about 15-20u per pod..... So at this point, I am very interested in a smaller version and I've looked on the website for more info but haven't seen anything. Anyone have info?
Comment by The Diabetic Camper on August 22, 2011 at 8:41pm
Brooklyn you post on here how to do it and I will join the fight.
Comment by The Diabetic Camper on August 22, 2011 at 8:39pm
No the pods work, just the quality of the product is not consistent nor is it of high quality . Too many engineers and not enough real world testing and quality control. Just like the pdm. You are telling me that Motorola nor HTC would contract making these things or them and including a keypad for notes and a diary. The plastic is cheap the buttons squeak and it is the size of an 80's cell phone. Even the screen and graphics are below kids toys.
Comment by clubkobe on August 22, 2011 at 8:29pm
I think omni needs a few good quality patient advocates in a bad way, not just the people you get when you make a phone call who always ask the same questions and work off the same script. I guess I have also been lucky. I have had less than 5-8 bad pods per year which are always reimbursed except for occlusions. From what I am reading, the pods just don't work for everyone. I hope they are working on a new and improved model.
Comment by The Diabetic Camper on August 22, 2011 at 8:20pm
You are lucky then. I have shipped them over 30 bad pods and called to document the code errors and they let me know that there is nothing they can do because I might be doing something to make these pod not work.
Comment by Kitabparast on August 22, 2011 at 6:44pm
I guess I have been somewhat lucky with the OmniPod. It hasn't been smooth sailing, though. One box seems to have an inordinate amount of malfunctioning pods (in about two weeks, 7 malfunctioned). But Insulet has usually been extremely responsive in dealing with whatever problem I may be having.

I never report occlusions. Those seem to be more either my fault or my body's fault than Insulet's. About 75% of the time there's an occlusion, there's either a lot of dried blood around the canula or there's a major gusher when I take the canula out. Simply the luck of the draw, and not something one can really tell very easily.

Yet, I haven't always been the best customer. When I freak out, I freak out, yet the customer service representatives keep their cool - and even calm me down. I remember a very, very nervous customer service representative being hounded by a pump expert at Joslin Diabetes Center who demanded to know why the OmniPod didn't show insulin on board like other pumps. He did a very good job in a difficult situation.

I don't think the OmniPod is for all people, but it seems every single insulin delivery solution - every single pump, every single MDI regimen - has its problems. I had problems with MDI. I have problems with the pump. It's part of the picture. If someone finds one solution works better than another, more power to them! There is no one-solution-fits-all solution when it comes to diabetes.

As they say, YDMV (your diabetes may vary).
Comment by Hockey Mom on August 20, 2011 at 12:42pm
I know that they are not tracking occlusions anymore because we never go to all of the trouble to call on those anymore. If they won't replace the pod, why bother to call ?
 

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