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Flying with Omnipod for the first time

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by sophc, Jun 11, 2019 at 10:29 PM.

  1. sophc

    sophc Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi guys ,

    I’m hoping someone can offer some advice . I’m due to fly on Thursday with the omnipod for the first time , and I’ve read online that you need to disconnect your pump for take off and landing due to changes in cabin pressure which can result in over- delivery. I’ve read a few horror stories, so I just wondered if anyone else has had these experiences or the way they overcome it ?

    Thank you :)
     
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  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    @Mel dCP has an Omnipod. I don't know if she has flown with it, but she may know more about this.

    Hope you're flying to somewhere nice!
     
  3. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @sophc, i cannot inform you about the Omnipod but with both the Animas and Tandem Slim pumps i never bothered to change anything.
    But these were domestic flights so the air pressure change may have been different to say, an international flight where the flying might be a higher alritudes.
    I reckoned the stress of take off and landing plus the inactivity between seemed to even out the effects of any change in insulin delivery.
    Of course, others may have had experiences different to mine.
    But as always test , test, test and i learned to never order a diabetic meal for the flight. I preferred to take my own food.
    There are other travel threads dealing with pumps and airport security and about insulin carriage etc plus dealing with time zones.
    Most important, enjoy your trip.!:):):)
     
  4. sweetbloodsher

    sweetbloodsher Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi. I've flown three times with my omnipod and didn't notice any problems. Just hate the security part. I always go through the full body scanner (with my Dexcom), but now looks like I'll always have a pat down as well. Oh, well. I had read that pumps with tubes can have issues, but omnipod is tubeless.
     
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  5. Mel dCP

    Mel dCP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m afraid I’ve not flown with mine. But I have read that people sometimes suspend for half an hour when they’re about to take off after giving a bolus to account for the missed insulin.
     
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    Chas C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never disconnected and I've flown 100's of times with pumps. Some people enjoy creating horror stories, please don't worry.
     
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  7. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    I pump but not with OmniPod.
    I have flown with both a tubey and a patch pump (not at the same time), never suspended during take off and landing and never had any problems.
     
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  8. sophc

    sophc Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thank you all, it’s good to know you all get on well with air travel. Some people made it sound like it was going to be hell on Earth! Feel much better about it now :) thank you x
     
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    I have flown with my Omnipod a few time never had any problems I just advise them when I go the security that I’m wearing a pump and they just swab it.Enjoy your holiday
     
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  10. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Please ensure you have a letter from your soecialist about wearing your insulin pump and not having it removed from you plus to justify carrying spare patches etc and needles/syringes in your emergency kit, ( threads on kits also in pump forum threads) taking all insulin with your carry on luggage or also some very well insulated in cargo. Plus looking up info on managing times zones.
    Enjoy thevtrip in safety and preparedness:):):)
     
  11. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    I have just had my first flights with my patch pump. It set off no alarms in security so I had no need to tell anyone about it.
    Just remember the manufacturer advice to avoid xray and you should experience no problems.
    I found the patch pump easier in airport security than my previous tubey pump.
     
  12. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    @kitedoc I find managing time zones much easier with a pump than injecting. The advice I was given was to change the time on my pump to local time and it takes care of itself.
    To be honest, I don't change it for a 1 hour time difference. But definitely do when I cross the Atlantic.
     
  13. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @helensaramay, but as i recall my basal program is sculpted to cater for various things such as Dawn phenomenon and i am not certain how quickly one's body adapts to that.
    What is your experience?
     
  14. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    My body just shifts DP according to the timezone.
    It maybe slightly awry the first day but not in a predictable manner so nothing would be perfect... my usual profile is as good an approximation as anything.
    After the first day, provided I try to follow the usual daily pattern according to the local timezone, I am OK.
    It is worth noting, whenever I travel for business or pleasure, my usual daily regime is ignored unpredictably. So no basal profile would be ideal.
     
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