Phil 52
By Phil 52 Latest Reply 2010-06-29 09:44:53 -0500
Started 2010-06-28 20:41:07 -0500

Having been an insulin dependent diabetic for almost 40 years, I tryed a new way to deliver insulin. About 3 years ago I got on the Medtronic Minimed Paragm pump. Getting on the pump has done wonders for my live and freedom. Heres my problem, I am trying to upgrade by going to the Omnipod. I have had nothing but problems with it. From loosing its hold on either my arm or back and falling off, or completely loosing comunication with the PDM. This is frustrating and I dont trust this system. When these things happen my blood sugar gets so high it take me days sometimes to bring my BS down. I have to much money and time invested to just give up, but I am at the verge. Any suggestion or advice would be helpful.

7 replies

Harlen 2010-06-29 09:44:53 -0500 Report

I know this is simple but have you tried skin-tac I use it and it keeps the contact strong
Best wishes

kdroberts 2010-06-29 08:41:00 -0500 Report

You are not the first person to have these issues. Who have you been talking to at OmniPod? One thing you can do is go to and order the demo. When they send you the pack they will include the card of a local rep. If you don't have their contact info then call them up and explain your problem and tell them that you are thinking of giving up the system and ask if they can do in person training. If that fails, and say that if you do switch that because of the problems you are having and the lack of support you will be seeking a refund for you and your insurance company.

monkeymama 2010-06-28 21:46:19 -0500 Report

Hello there! Is there someone at your Endo's/Care Providers office that can help you. Have you tried somewhere else other than the two spots you're using/ The best place to hold it's place is on your belly. Using something like I.V. prep also helps keep it in its place. The stuff protects your skin, disinfects it, and helps the unit stick better to the skin. I hope these ideas help you out.

Phil 52
Phil 52 2010-06-28 21:55:40 -0500 Report

I use I.V. prep but it still comes loose; as it is right now. My Endo's office can be helpful at times, but they are just now starting to use the Omnipod. This thing is supposed to be waterproof but when I am finished in the shower it comes off. As far as another site, my arms and my back are the best places for the pod. After 35 years of injecting 4 times a day, that does not leave many spots to use.

MAYS 2010-06-28 20:54:54 -0500 Report

Have you contacted the manufacturer (support) about the issues that you have been having ?


Phil 52
Phil 52 2010-06-28 21:07:09 -0500 Report

Yes I have. They say training on the PDM may be the problem, but even after talking with them I still have the problems. They have been no help.

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