Insulin Pumper: What do you like/dislike about your pump?

By CSII Latest Reply 2012-10-24 18:01:16 -0500
Started 2012-09-25 17:36:01 -0500

I'm trying to recommend an insulin pump model to my niece…she is 19. I am a CDE but it would be so helpful to hear the pros and cons of the different devices from those who wear them. I'm looking for 1-2 things you like/dislike about your insulin pump. The devices on the market that i know of are: ACCU-CHEK Spirit, Medtronic Mini Med, Animas, Omnipod and Tandem (in the U.S.).
If you wear one of these I'd love to hear from you.


9 replies

erinray 2012-10-03 08:16:58 -0500 Report

Hey just wanted to throw in my two cents I'm 26 and wear the animas ping. In pink of course and I wear it on the back of my pants right above my lower back . Idc I'm young and vain like most women so I do hide it and this pump is small enough to do so. Tuck the tubing in and if you want I wear a belly band to keep everything in place . Love it. With all electronics you will have problems but animas support is top notch

Dr John
Dr John 2012-09-30 15:35:19 -0500 Report

I have the Animas Ping. I like the pump. But, I would like to see a decimal point for the insulin to carbohydrate ratio programming.

Matunuckan 2012-09-28 10:11:20 -0500 Report

This discussion is helpful. I have been on a Medtronic pump for about 12 years. It has been very dependable and the support has been great!

The one problem I have had has been with the tubing. I have been type 1 for more than 50 years and have always been very active. Obviously I am not as active now, but if I sweat a lot, the tubing connection falls off - this can end up being a problem for me in terms of supplies.

I would love to hear more from OmniPod users about their experiences, especially about any activity issues (exercise) and connection problems.

ShellyLargent 2012-10-24 18:01:16 -0500 Report

I love my Omni Pod. My husband and I bowl 2 - 3 times a week and I also walk several miles a week. The only problem I've run into was during the hotter months. If I wore my pod on my tummy, I would sometimes have issues with the site adhesive starting to come undone. But I bought some extremely large band-aid pads and they worked great for keeping the pod stuck on until it was time to change. You can also get belly bands for the pods to keep them in place if you want.

I wear my pod on the backs of my arms now and have not had any issues since then. I have not had any connection issues either. I can set my bolus and then walk away from the PDM. The insertion process is really easy and hands free, once you stick the pod in place. A couple of button pushes and you're done!

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask me!

ShellyLargent 2012-09-26 17:30:11 -0500 Report

I have been on both Animas and now an Omni Pod. I love my Pod! I wear mine on the back of my arm for better comfort. If I wear the pod on my tummy, it tends to be a little uncomfortable for sleeping (I sleep on my stomach most of the time). I like that it's tubeless and much easier to change out. Tubing may not seem like a big deal until you've had to wear a pump with it. The Pod will only let you wear a pod for 80 hours. After that you HAVE to change the pod. The pod itself will expire and completely shut off, regardless if it still has insulin in it. I used to have a bad habit of completely filling my Animas cartridge then letting it go until it was empty, and that could take up to 5 days with the amount of insulin I use… Not the best idea, I'll admit. What I liked about my Animas better that the Omni Pod is the built in food library on the Animas is much better than that on the Pod and it works with your bolus calculation function on the pump. The library on the pod is mostly for reference only. I also don't like the fact that if I lose or break my PDM for my Pod, I can't control it until a new one is sent to me. It'll still give me my basal doses, but I would still have to take injections for any boluses. The Animas Ping is PDM controlled, but you can still operate the pump manually if you needed to. I've also had some issues with pods malfunctioning for no apparent reason, but Omni Pod has been great with sending my replacements right away. They have excellent customer service, as does Animas. I've been extremely happy with pump systems.

kathuff 2012-09-25 18:10:00 -0500 Report

I've had Medtronic and omni pod. The omni pod is by far better. I love how small and easy to hide the omni pod is. It is also very easy to use, and has no tubing at all!! I notice it doesn't leave marks on my body either!!

hillside lady
hillside lady 2012-09-26 11:53:28 -0500 Report

hi i have the medtronic i like it but the tubing is really working my nerves because it gets tangel up i am interested in the one omni pod could you tell me more about that the mini med is what i used from medtronic

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