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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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Comment by HPNpilot on November 15, 2013 at 10:05am

The one caution I would add is that *any* pump depends on you checking your blood glucose. There is an additional danger with a pump over shots in that if something goes wrong, you have no long acting insulin on board and you can go into DKA fast. If you don't check your BG all day, things could get out of hand and you could be in real trouble. Failures aren't that frequent (at least for me)...but a pump is not a cure all. If you don't check your BG and can't carb count, it will not magically improve your control. It *is* much more convenient than shots, and the ability to change basal rates is a great help in dealing with changes in physical activity - something not easy to do on shots.

Maybe a CGM would help you if you are forgetting to check your BG ? You could set it to alarm if things are too high or too low .

Comment by Tony R. on November 15, 2013 at 9:15am

Kyleena, Clare's advice is excellent! I will add that I ride and volunteer quite a bit on the ground with an equestrian organization here in Colorado. Be aware that it will take some time to get your sites and settings right. I've knocked off a couple of pods and experienced a few lows while working with the horses. Pay attention to patterns and be patient and you'll have it figured out in due time. Arms seem to work best for me for pod placement while riding. I've learned that I need to reduce my basal rates by about 65% when wrangling. Your results will vary, but take small steps and you'll get it right. Good luck and happy riding!

Comment by Clare on November 15, 2013 at 8:17am

Kyleena, that's a difficult question to answer. The Omnipod pump is safe and accurate if you use it properly and it is set up properly for you. But the Omnipod pump relies on you to tell it to bolus for a meal or change the basal rate while you exercise the horses. So it doesn't take that responsibility away from you. If most days you forget to check your blood sugar and forget your insulin, it will at least continue to deliver a bare minimum background insulin you need to live. So in that sense it might make things easier to you. But don't expect it to make any decisions for you because it can't.

Comment by Kyleena Newell on November 15, 2013 at 7:55am

How safe and accurate is the OmniPod? I am setting up my OmniPod this Monday for practice then a week after that I actually get the insulin. It is really small and I think it would help me out. Since I am 16 and VERY busy with work and school I barley have time anymore. Most days I forget to check my blood sugar or I forget my Insulin. I know this isn't good for me its just sometimes I get in the habit that I am soo busy and I just forget. I am hoping this OmniPod helps. I like the fact that it has no tubing since I am very active and is always moving. I ride and work with horses on a daily basis and I don't want that tubing to get caught on anything. So i am hoping that this style pump will fir the daily tasks I have to overcome.

Comment by Sarah on November 8, 2013 at 1:36pm

thanks for this info, clare! :)

Comment by Clare on November 7, 2013 at 6:03am

So I have discovered how to get rid of a lot of the beeps that are annoying with the new PDM. Under the setting, system setup,alerts/reminders, CONFIDENCE REMINDERS. If it is set to "on" you get a beep when it starts a bolus, a beep when it finishes a bolus or an extended bolus, and a lot of other annoying beeps. I suppose it is meant to make you "confident" that the pod has delivered the insulin you have instructed it to. I personally don't need it to beep at me for this. I turned that setting to OFF and have eliminated virtually all of the annoying beeps. Now the only time I hear from the PDM is when the pod expires at 72 hours and when it REALLY expires 8 hours later.

Comment by Belinda on October 20, 2013 at 11:21am
Nooooooo! (Sorry, I'm a teacher. Giving unclear instructions is something I beat myself up over.). Put the pod on normally & put the tegaderm / Mefilm patch over the top. You will have a fight to intentionally remove it, but it won't fly off.
Comment by DavidTTX on October 20, 2013 at 11:16am
I have not seen the patch & re-reading your post, it sounds large enough to cover the outside of the pod.
Comment by DavidTTX on October 20, 2013 at 11:15am
Belinda,
When you say to use tegaderm or Mefilm patch, do you mean apply the patch on your skin & then attach the pod through the patch?

I do not know if I know how I should use the patches?

Thanks much!
Comment by jbowler on October 19, 2013 at 7:12pm

It's a bit big for a racketball, but it's about the same size as a squash ball. Could just keep playing with the pod.

 

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