Review posts of all kinds are incredibly popular in the Diabetes Online Community, so I would remiss if I didn’t jump off the bridge with everyone else. I have been on the Omnipod system for all of three days, but so far, I’m liking it just fine. But let’s dive a little deeper into what exactly I like and what, if anything, exactly I don’t like.
- I like having my glucose meter and pump as one contraption. I feel like it has encourage me to test my blood sugar more often, especially right before I eat something. Since I already have to get the PDM out to bolus, it’s not much extra effort to check my blood sugar. It’s similar to why people like the Medtronic CGM/pump combo (although for me the inaccuracy of the Medtronic was such that it was almost pointless to try using it, but I digress into a totally different topic).
- I like that it doesn’t influence my wardrobe choices, at least not yet. I’m sure there will be at some point a skin tight something or other that will reveal an irregularly shaped bulge in my side that makes me cringe and cry “Why do I have to be a Borg?!” But I’m not there yet. Right now, I’m wearing shirts and skirts comfortably that almost entirely hide the pod-shaped lump under my clothes.
- I like that the PDM is very easy to read and to use. I like black text on a white background (although I wish that purple background color ran through the PDM a little bit more). I like that it uses a little bit of color. I like that the menu is easy to click and scroll through. I like that the Status screen has pretty much all the info I need and that the bolus feature is the first option on the menu. Pretty much everything else is just additional, so the flow works for me.
- I like the all the stats and graphs. It’s fairly comprehensive, although since I’ve only had it for four days, there’s not much I can work with just yet. But I like that there is something there, built into the PDM so I don’t have to download (although I’m sure I will soon enough).
- I don’t like how slow the PDM takes to wake up. This is probably my biggest pet peeve. I have to hold down the on button and then it still takes a second to wake up and retrieve the data. It just seems like it could be faster.
- I don’t like that it won’t break down and show me the amount of insulin for corrections and for food when doing the calculations. It’ll confirm the amount of food and your blood sugar, and then it will give you an insulin amount factoring in your food, blood sugar and IOB. But it won’t actually tell you how much insulin you are getting for each category, which is something Medtronic does before you confirm. It’s something I was used to and liked reviewing.
- I don’t like that I can’t find out how much insulin is in my reservoir. It only has an icon the shows that it’s more than 50 units, so I find it a little weird that it won’t actually tell me the number.
- I don’t like how big the PDM is. It’s seems bigger than it needs to be. It’s pretty heavy. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s definitely something I noticed when I took it out of the box.
- I don’t like that you can’t move the pod. It’s one of the things that I didn’t like about the pod when I first saw it many years ago, and I’m still not a fan that you can’t move it. I wish, like regular pumps, there was a way to have the set and the pod separate so that if you needed, you could change the set but still keep the pod if it had insulin.
That’s pretty much it right now. I would say the pros outweigh the cons by a lot. Of course, no system is perfect and I’m sure I’ll get used to Omnipod’s way of doing things soon enough. I will also say that the size of the current Omnipod is basically the max of my comfort level. I would love it if they were a little smaller although obviously you need to have some room to put insulin and the device’s brains. But if it were any bigger, I don’t think I would like it. They are small, but they aren’t that small.
Anything else you want to know?