Anyone using the Omnipod insulin pump?

By NadiaJohnson Latest Reply 2012-12-18 19:11:02 -0600
Started 2012-07-19 11:08:43 -0500

I was looking into getting an insulin pump just doing some research on different kinds. I found the Omnipod it's fairly new I think just wondering if anyone is using it and how they like it

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Fred A
Fred A 2012-12-18 19:11:02 -0600 Report

I have been on a Pump since 1980 (but thats another story) and recommend them highly. I am currently on a Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm for the last 5+ years and I am very happy with their pumps.

BrandonP 2012-07-28 20:31:36 -0500 Report

I've had the OmniPod since December 2011. I was on Lantus/Novolog before switching. I would not trade it for anything. Before I got the OmniPod, i would frequently take a "vacation" from injections, sometimes up to a week at a time and have BG up in the 400's before I would start up again. Since using the OmniPod I haven't taken a "vacation" from it and BG have been under much better control. I wear the pods on the backs of my arms, hardly notice them and sometimes forget it is there. This is probably the best investment I have ever made in my health.

ShellyLargent 2012-07-19 22:01:50 -0500 Report

Pumps are considered durable medical equipment as well as the supplies. You might have a deductible to meet first before they will cover anything. With mine, I had a $1000 deductible to meet then the insurance paid 80% of the amount left. They also pay for 80% of the monthly pods.

I walk 3 miles a day usually on my lunch break at work. The only problem I've had is if I get REALLY sweaty the pods have come unstuck a little, but I've not had one come completely off. Depending on how much exercise you're doing, just test before, and if needed you can drop your basal rate by a period of time. Also not sure what kinds of exercising you're into (running, swimming, cycling, the more active sports…) a pod might be a better choice simply because with a tubed system there's a better chance of snagging it and ripping it off.

With Animas and with Omni Pod you can set up an appointment with their people and they will allow you to "test drive" their system. It would be with saline, but it would give you a better idea of which one feels better for you. I'm not sure if Medtronic does this or not some I've not dealt with them before. I can't see why they wouldn't.

ShellyLargent 2012-07-19 16:41:50 -0500 Report

I've been using the Omni Pod for a little while now and really love it. The pod has been around since like 2006, so relatively new, but not like brand new… What questions or concerns do you have?

I was on both MDI's and an Animas pump (off and on due to insurance, then lack thereof…) for a while. So if you have any questions about an Animas system, I can help there too.

What I like about the Pod over the Animas is that even though the Animas offered me more freedom with meal schedules and activity schedules, I still resented having this machine attached to me at all times. If I wanted to shower, I had to unplug, and it was always either in my pocket or tucked into my bra. It was just a constant reminder… With the pod, everything is controlled with a separate unit and depending on where the pod is on my body, I sometimes forget that it's even there. With my Animas, the tubing really limited the placement of the infusion sites. You're at the limitations of the tubing. The pod can be worn practically anywhere you would give yourself an injection. Now, a plus to the Animas over the pod, if I lose my controller unit to the pod, I cannot give myself boluses, it will continue to give my programmed basal rates. I would have to use injections again for my boluses until a new unit (PDM) could be sent to me. The new Animas pumps are controlled remotely, but you can also manually use the pump unit. So if the remote is lost or stops working, you can still fully operate the pump manually if needed. Cost is slightly different as well. The Animas has a higher start up cost, but your monthly supplies will be less. This is because you're paying for the pump up front. With the Pod, you're start up cost is lower, but the monthly supply of pods is higher because each pod is a mini pump. Hopefully you have insurance that will help cover some or most of the costs for you.

Hope this was helpful for you. If you have anything specific you want to know, please feel free to ask me! And don't be shy, no question is off limits…

NadiaJohnson 2012-07-19 17:20:39 -0500 Report

I haven't ever been on a pump I've only done injection I'm curious how much my benifit plan would cover… I'll have to look into it… I was gonna ask to about like exercising is it good for that to like it won't be in the Way or fall out or anything?

ShellyLargent 2012-07-20 09:17:12 -0500 Report

And yes, there could be a chance of the pump falling out while exercising and getting damaged (for and Animas or Minimed), but they make accessories you can buy (or make if your crafty) that keep your pump in place, like bra bands or clip on pockets that close to keep the pump in place. It shouldn't be a real issue.