Omnipod (Insulin Pump) !!! Thoughts???

By AkiliTheBee Latest Reply 2013-11-09 22:29:47 -0600
Started 2013-10-14 15:26:51 -0500

Hi everyone. Currently, I am a Lantus/Humalog regimen. However, I'd be lying if I said my BS were controlled. Has anyone had any experiences with the Omnipod? I am looking into a pump and so far that seems the best one…

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jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-09 22:28:50 -0600 Report

I got my omnipod in April. I LOVE IT! Absolutely best experience I've ever had in my life. I love how there's no tubing, and the fact that it inserts the cannula by itself. It's so much easier than other pumps, and my sugars are pretty constant since starting on it. I highly recommend it. :)

kejo 2013-11-01 09:37:22 -0500 Report

I have had the omnipod since 2005 and it brought my a1c from a 13 to a 7.4!!! It really help me control my diabetes!!! I love it!

Ash Sparks
Ash Sparks 2013-10-29 03:57:02 -0500 Report

I am on the omnipod and I LOVE it! It has made my life with diabetes so much easier and has significantly lowered my a1c…11.3 to 7.5 in 3 months! :) I definitely do not miss all the needles and I like the fact that it is tubeless, it is amazing!

ErinV 2013-10-23 19:21:19 -0500 Report

I have used the omnipod, animas ping, and medtronic Minimed 715, 722, and 723. Medtronic is clearly my favorite. I hated the omnipod because I always lost the meter. I need a tube attached to me so I can find my pump. The animas was nice but I felt like priming it took forever (prob about a min longer than the medtronic and omnipod). When I was on the pods it was back when they were a little bigger and I would alway snag them on stuff and rip them out. And I always itched under the pod and would sometimes scratch it off. The omnipod was my least favorite but some people swear by it. You should do a trial before you buy it. It is the cheapest of all the pumps though—something to consider if you have to pay for it.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-10-15 20:37:28 -0500 Report

My cousins daughter had the omni pod and says its amazing. She loves that it's tubeless, which is appealing to me as well.

How do you like the pump if you're living a super busy and not regular schedule type lifestyle? Versus shots. My BG is very well controlled on injections, and I hate to mess that up!

ShellyLargent 2013-10-16 09:49:01 -0500 Report

For me, being on the pump has allowed me to be very flexible in schedules and meals. I no longer have to be regimented on meals based on when I had or am supposed to inject. I thought I was very controlled on my injections (a1c of 6.8 for most of the time) but my a1c's have been in the lower 6's since the pump. My blood sugars are more consistent than before. And it's just way more convenient when out and about than injections.

As far as it fitting in with a bust a lifestyle, my husband and I are 3-day a week bowlers, my daughter bowls on a league, plus choir concerts, we just recently moved to a new house and the holidays are coming up… It's nice to not have to worry about my insulin…

ShellyLargent 2013-10-15 11:27:12 -0500 Report

I have the Omni Pod system now. I switched over last year from an older Animas pump. Both types of pumps have their pros and cons… But pump therapy really is the way to go. It eliminates the countless number of injections, but, unless you get a CMG to go with your pump, you will still have to test often, more often than you think. This goes with any system. Some days, I'm testing up to 8 - 10 times. I test before eating, then about 1.5 - 2 hours later.

What I like about the Omni Pod: TUBELESS!!!! That is really the only difference between it and other pumps. It has all the same bells and whistles and as other pumps. It's controlled through a PMD, which is also a Freestyle meter. No need to carry a separate meter. The Animas Ping can also be controlled by a remote which is also a meter, One Touch I believe.
PROS: tubeless, small and compact, you never disconnect from the pump, waterproof pods, more options for infusion sites, pods are small enough to easily hide under clothing, the pods will expire after 80 hours so it forces you to change the pods more often (I used to have a bad habit of leaving my Animas infusion sites in for longer than the 3 day limit)
CONS: pod is filled with insulin so if it fails, you lose that insulin, pods do fail more often than I like, system is solely controlled by a PDM remote so if it breaks or gets lost, you are only getting your basal insulin, you will still have to inject for boluses until a new PDM is sent (about 1 to 2 day time)

What I liked about my Animas: it had an integrated food database for looking up carbs and then using them to calculate bolus (Omni Pod has a food database, however it is not integrated into the bolus calcs, you still have to manually enter carb amounts), if my infusion site failed, my insulin was held in the pump unit, it wasn't lost. I could replace the infusion without having to fill the pump with more insulin.
PROS: can be more reliable than the Omni Pod system, integrated food database, has more customizable options as far as entering your own saved meals and foods
CONS: can feel bulky and cumbersome to always have a tube attached, will have to disconnect infusion sites for showering and bathing, tubing can pull and be uncomfortable - can get caught and pulled out, sleeping with a tubed pump takes some time to get used to…

Hope this helps! This is just all my opinion from having been on both types of pumps. I loved my Animas and I love my Omni Pod. The best thing to do is research. Everybody is different and what worked and didn't work for me might not be the same for you. If you have any specific questions or concerns about the pumps, I'd be happy to help!

Leslieluv21 2013-10-14 23:19:03 -0500 Report

I'm on the exact same boat as you! I'm extremely tired of blood sugar checks, corrections and insulin shots. I really want to get on the pump as well because dealing with shots gets so frustrating and is so time consuming. I'm curious to know if the omnipump is the right choice as well! :)

Dr John
Dr John 2013-10-17 08:39:12 -0500 Report

I have the Omnipod and love it. But, you still have to check your blood glucose at 5-6 times per day. Maybe someday the Pancreum will be on the market.