Omnipod: First Thoughts

????????????????????????????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.

Likes:

  • 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).

Dislikes:

  • 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?

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6 Responses to Omnipod: First Thoughts

  1. SarahK says:

    When you’re in the bolus and it gives you a suggested bolus, you can hit the “?” Button and it will show you the breakdown of how the bolus was calculated :)

  2. Katie says:

    Was going to second what Sarah said. I use the “?” button all the time. =)

  3. Kelley says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts…I’m slowly getting to the point where I might make a switch so it’s good to hear the pros and cons on different devices.

  4. CJ says:

    Absolutely love my omni pod system, been using it for the past 5 years. Granted I just got switched to the new system and I’m having some issues with the pods…random alarms, filling errors, and a couple of others but overall its still a great system. Coupled with my Dexcom CGM I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m not one to be hooked up to tubes…these just make my life with Diabetes a little easier. Let us know how you make out and best of luck!

  5. Mara says:

    Hi! Thanks for this post. I have had an Animas for almost 4 years and my warranty is almost up so I have to make a decision. I am considering the OmniPod and met with a rep and she was great and gave me a demo pod to wear (just a stick on, no liquid of any kind, and it’s not inserted). Even without any insulin in there it felt heavy to me (on the back of my arm), but I got used to it. I am concerned though as I tend to wear some tighter fitting clothes and I’m really self-conscious about this bulge it gives me, and that’s just on the back of my arm. At least when I wear something slinky or whatever with my animas I can stick it inside my bra or a pocket. How do you feel about this? I feel like this is the #1 issue making me not wanting to do OmniPod. Thanks!

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