animas ping vs. omnipod

2catty
By 2catty Latest Reply 2009-02-28 22:40:17 -0600
Started 2009-02-19 18:49:07 -0600

As most on here know I am seeing an endo for a pump in April and I am trying to figure out which one suits me better and which one has the functions that makes things easier. I like the look and functions of the ping but I love the fact that the omni does not have tubes and self needle sticks. Does anyone have any personal experiences with either they can share with me to help me make up my mind? I would really appreciate it.


12 replies

rbergman
rbergman 2009-02-22 21:10:10 -0600 Report

I'm kind of curious as to how many Type 2 use a pump? Is the main reason for control or is it more of a convenience? With no insurance either way I probably can't afford to get one, but I wanted some insight from other type 2 that use them. Also, if you have one did you have to pay out of pocket or did you have insurance to cover it's cost?

2catty, I too like the idea of no tubing but it sounds like the design of the sticky stuff isn't the greatest from what I've read here, there is actually a omnipod group on Yahoo that is all folks that use the omni and their stories the URL is
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/omnipodu...
if you want to check it out and see what actual users are saying about the Omni. I can't help you with your other choice as I don't know enough about the pumps to know one from the other except for the Omni.

2catty
2catty 2009-02-22 21:58:26 -0600 Report

Yes insurance is going to pay for mine. Other wise their is no way I could get one. It is for better control when injections just isn't doing the trick or no longer is doing the trick. With me mine is so high through the early hours of morning and wishy washy all other times it is to stabilize and then get it maintained and in order so that I don't have future complications. I will check out the site you posted thank you.

2009-02-23 20:17:35 -0600 Report

My endo said that you need to qualify to get the pump. Meaning you have to be up to at least 4 shots a day.

2catty
2catty 2009-02-23 20:38:38 -0600 Report

Yeah and you have to be at a point to where you are not able to control it with this method very well any more.

2009-02-25 22:19:55 -0600 Report

There are days that even with the pump, I can't get good control.

2catty
2catty 2009-02-28 22:40:17 -0600 Report

Really? You would think that with something like that you would have very tight control of it. But I guess off days happens to everyone.

2009-02-21 18:23:43 -0600 Report

I've read things on tu diabetes about the OmniPod, such as it falling off due to the weight of the insulin in the pod because the sticky part just doesn't stick.

The tubing part really doesn't bother me that much, I had looked into the Pod when it first came out, before it was available in my area, I was set up by my doc to get it, but OmniPod wasn't in my insurance network, so I will just keep my Minimed I guess!

2catty
2catty 2009-02-21 19:13:50 -0600 Report

Thanks for your input. I have heard of others getting theirs knocked off and other stuff similar to your sitiuation too. That worries me. I am swaying more toward the ping I think.

2009-02-21 20:43:37 -0600 Report

I've also heard about problems with delivery with the OmniPod, and that's one thing we can't afford! There can also be delivery problems with tubed systems, I guess you just gotta do some research, huh?

2catty
2catty 2009-02-22 14:40:33 -0600 Report

Yep. I just hope the tubing and the pump itself is easy to figure out when I dress up or put on a swim suit. I have heard about the tubing kinking up and not getting the insulin like you should too. Does the i.v. site leave a scar? Can't help but wonder. Also with the pod, I am scared that the thing sticking out will get bumped and jerked off.

2009-02-22 19:42:02 -0600 Report

With my Paradigm, I can disconnect for 1 hour at a time. I'm not a swimmer, but I know the DE can help you with that issue.

With my pump also, there are 2 clips that hold it. One snugs up to you, the other clips to your waistband of your pants. There are alot of accessories for em too!

In 2 years time, I've learned lots of different ways to wear it, you just adapt it to you, and your way of life. No doctor can tell you how to wear it so YOU can be comfortable. That is up to you, and I know YOU can do this!!!

2catty
2catty 2009-02-21 16:53:56 -0600 Report

The tubing worries me a lot about the ping. But I like it's functions. The omni pod does not have tubes but does not have as many functions and is more prone to mess up, at least I here anyways. Any personal opinions?

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