Mark D
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  • Ridley Park, PA
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Doris D left a comment for Mark D
"Get MySpace Comments without leaving myspace!"
Sep 29, 2010
Linda G left a comment for Mark D
"Hey...how's it all going Mark??? Best Wishes on your Special Day....and the next 364 days! "
Sep 29, 2010
Chris Anderson replied to Mark D's discussion 'Post your dissatisfaction with Omnipod's carry case to demonstrate Insulet needs to offer alternate carry case to include room for the "PDM plus skin"!' in the group Omnipod Users
"Too bad the case isn't like the Animas Ping. The case that is included needs a belt clip, but its still HUGE! Need a case that holds PDM, strips, and lancer with a belt clip that is compact."
Jul 10, 2010
Shelly P replied to Mark D's discussion 'Post your dissatisfaction with Omnipod's carry case to demonstrate Insulet needs to offer alternate carry case to include room for the "PDM plus skin"!' in the group Omnipod Users
"I agree with the assessment the size of the clear window needs to accommodate the skin, it is useless otherwise. As it is, we slip the PDM with skin on to the right side behind the zipper/mesh compartment. You have to pull it out for use but at…"
May 24, 2010
Shelly P replied to Mark D's discussion 'Post your dissatisfaction with Omnipod's carry case to demonstrate Insulet needs to offer alternate carry case to include room for the "PDM plus skin"!' in the group Omnipod Users
"I agree with you completely. Although they should also offer a pod with more adhesive between the pod and the adhesive patch!"
May 10, 2010
MaiaJane replied to Mark D's discussion 'Post your dissatisfaction with Omnipod's carry case to demonstrate Insulet needs to offer alternate carry case to include room for the "PDM plus skin"!' in the group Omnipod Users
"nobody else was successful at jamming the pod, in the skin , into the case Insuled provided? Because I was...."
May 10, 2010
SPRITE'S MOM replied to Mark D's discussion 'Post your dissatisfaction with Omnipod's carry case to demonstrate Insulet needs to offer alternate carry case to include room for the "PDM plus skin"!' in the group Omnipod Users
"I use one of the ameribag bagletts for carrying my PDM, lancet, strips, tube of glucose tabs, my folded paper log when I have to fill it out. It fits in my purse. When I go out I can also add my ID/credit cards, cellphone and keys. I have a couple…"
May 9, 2010
SPRITE'S MOM replied to Mark D's discussion 'Post your dissatisfaction with Omnipod's carry case to demonstrate Insulet needs to offer alternate carry case to include room for the "PDM plus skin"!' in the group Omnipod Users
"I bought a package of PDA screens that I can cut to fit my meter screens, my omnipod PDM screen, my cellphone screen. Really helps and easy to remove when I want to replace it. Hope this helps!"
May 9, 2010
Mark D replied to TuDiabetes Administration's discussion 'Do you see a role for support staff from pump/meter companies here?'
"Nothing wrong with capitalism, and I hope you agree. Manufactures/marketers need to make money to stay in business, lets be honest. If company clinicians disclose themselves as such, not sure how their more informed opinion could make the commetary…"
Oct 13, 2009
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Does your diabetes rule you? are you still able to fit in the odd amber ale? have you given up drinking becuase of diabetes? have you got any intersting stories of hypos and hypers due to drinking? Beer has been the hardst bad habit i have to kick!See More
Oct 13, 2009
Debi McCallum left a comment for Mark D
"Thanks Mark! i am seeing my doc on Monday and i plan to ask all about the pro's and cons. i will let you know what i decide.."
Oct 12, 2009
Mark D left a comment for Kelly Rawlings
"Hey. podder?"
Oct 11, 2009
Mark D and Kelly Rawlings are now friends
Oct 11, 2009
Mark D updated their profile
Sep 8, 2009
Mark D replied to Donald's discussion 'To Start the Pod or Not To' in the group Omnipod Users
"Went on in June 1st week my life was better by a long way....never go back to mdi."
Jul 16, 2009
Mark D replied to Sp!tf!re's discussion 'need advice cuz my dr. sure isnt helping!!' in the group Athletic Diabetics
"I realize this is an old post but, here is my two cents. I work out most days (6-7 times/week) 60 minutes at Gym and longer outside on weekends (mountain/road biking mostly). I have to say the Omni pod I started on a month ago from 4-5 daily…"
Jul 16, 2009

Profile Information

How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Shared experiences
Date diagnosed
November 1, 1991
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
7.0 (pre-pump)
Type of treatment/devices you use
Pump, Diet and Exercise
What pump model do you use, if any?
Omnipod
Enter your website, if any (blog, Facebook, Twitter)
http://twitter.com/MarkDawso01
My Summary
Selected Omnipod after T1 since 1991 and MDI (Humalog/Levemir) for 8+ years. MDI had been my choice given the privacy it allows, selected an Omnipod for same reason and started on it June 23rd 09 from MDI.

Also: I started exercising vigourously 6-7x/week and that has boosted sensitivity and increased carbs/unit. I exercise around 5am b4 work and for that reason lows have not been an issue for me.
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My Blog:

Sept 08, 2009
Spent more time at beach and salt water was no match for POD, it functioned flawlessly, the offshore hurricane impacted the ocean surf and the surf ripped the pod unit away from the skin adhesive a little after spending time in the surf, but insulin delivery was not impacted at all. Must say its performance at beach is impressive, now if I could only get rid of several of the pod shadows on my body that are under tanned...

BG Performance and numbers are still strong, love it.

Insulet customer service has been fantasitic as well, they are about the best customer service you could possibly expect, really.

Update Aug 19th:
Still love it. It appears that exercise time of day, skipping exercise days, and exercise duration can vary my numbers enough to make the hoped for "tight" control rather difficult to get to. I will need to fine tune and continue to learn. Kidney area for pod is least comfortable for me, have never used legs due to exercise. Abdomen appears to be most effective area (best absorption) for me. I hate the continual beeping ~1hr before a pod expiry. During a work meeting it was absolutely brutal! I just plan my pod change time for when I am at home.

I did wear it in the Ocean a couple hours before a pod change and the pod worked fine during and after salt water!

Update July 16th:
No further pod issues since 7-2. My basal rates have changed (increased) since launch. but they are fairly easy to alter. The Pods calc of bolus vs basal % of total day dose is helpful. I am finding the need to alter basal consistent with work out start times which can vary day-day. Upper arm is a little in the way when when changing shirts and it makes your arm appear larger under a shirt.Still absolutely love it and willl never return to MDI.
I went to the beach and a water park recently with the pod on and it was really no big deal. Once you explain to others what it is there usually aren't many additonal questions. Water park slides where not an issue although I was carefull. I avoided the salt water this time...but heading to beach again later in the summer.

Update July 2nd:
My third pod (removed July 1) was not delivering insulin properly or the insulin vial I used was degraded (since tossed it). Not sure, but control was not good compared to first two pods. I also found out that a weekend schedule at the beach is a lot more variation in insulin needs than going to work every day.

Update June 25th:
About two days in and still working out the basal settings. I must say I should have done a pump sooner, its so much easier and control is 10x better.

UPDATE June 23, 2009 after dinner:
Got OmniPod today ~11am, Tues June 23......I can feel it on my stomach most of the time, but I expect that to pass. So far I love it. The Insulin On Board feature is awesome and the ability to dose in small increments a syringe couldn't handle makes it all worth it.

UPDATE: June 4, 2009:
All the Omnipod feedback without exception was positve. Some Omnipod users were kind enough to email Phone numbers for me to call to speak about their expereinces and ask probing questions...THANK YOU. See topic: http://tudiabetes.com/group/omnipodusers/forum/topics/request-to-speak-to-an
This is a great site, I never could have gotten unbiased user feedback without it. Amazing.

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At 8:59am on September 29, 2010, Doris D said…
At 4:31am on September 29, 2010, Linda G said…
Hey...how's it all going Mark???
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and the next 364 days!

At 12:23am on October 12, 2009, Debi McCallum said…
Thanks Mark! i am seeing my doc on Monday and i plan to ask all about the pro's and cons. i will let you know what i decide..
At 12:14am on October 9, 2009, Debi McCallum said…
Hi Mark,
Thanks for the advice! I'm not too clued up about the pump, so i will do some research and speak to my doc about it. As for the excercise thing, I'm really, really not a morning person but i have joined a gym and I will try to get there more often than not. My goal is to be at my target weight by my birthday in December. hold thumbs...
At 9:55pm on September 29, 2009, Patti Burns said…
Happy birthday, Mark! Hope all is well today, Patti
At 9:54am on September 29, 2009, Jaimie Hernandez said…

At 10:44am on September 14, 2009, Bradford said…
Hey Mark!

I've seen a few other posts in the opod forum, etc, and it sounds like you're enjoying pumping and being tubeless. Just wanted to drop a note to say hey and that I'm glad the pump is working for you. Hope things are going well, and I'll talk to you later!
At 7:21am on July 3, 2009, Joseph Boyd said…
Glad you are enjoying the O-Pod! We got it after only a short while on MDI (4 months) but as you mention in your summary, the small increment dosages are a lifesaver. No more having to "feed the insulin".
At 6:57am on June 4, 2009, Bradford said…
Glad to help out Mark. I am very much a Type A personality, especially when it comes to my diabetes management...so I can relate to the amount of digging and homework you're doing before investing in a pump of any type. I think the opod works really well for me, as I explained on the phone, and if that's what you end up choosing, I think you'll feel the same way. Good luck, and feel free to msg, email, or call if you have any other follow-up questions! You'll have to let me know how you like it once you get hooked up and running!
At 7:35pm on June 3, 2009, Suzanne said…
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