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Omnipod

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by Debloubed, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Debloubed

    Debloubed Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all, apologies if this has already been covered 100 times but I am currently wearing a test Omnipod as I am due an upgrade in January. I've had the Accu chek combo for 4 years and have loved it but the Omnipod does seem very handy (although I keep panicking about knocking it off as I am wearing it on my arm!)

    Can anyone offer any advice please? I would particularly love to hear from anyone who uses one already so I can understand and consider the positive and negative aspects :)

    Many thanks!

    Deb
     
  2. Omnipod

    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The Omnipod is the best and you have the most freedom in where you wear it. I love mine and would NEVER go back to a tubed pump. The Omnipod makes diabetes management so much easier.
     
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    sootys mate Type 1 · Newbie

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    I have been on the Omnipod since July. It is quite simply the best solution for me and I never want to go back to a tubed pump. I finally feel in charge of the diabetes rather than the diabetes dictating my life and choices.
     
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    Houseyjojo · Member

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    I'm getting a pump for the first time very soon. I have an appointment with my specialist nurse in a few weeks who will show me how a pump works & try one. She's suggesting the Accu Check as I already use the blood monitor machine which will blu tooth to the pump. However, I'm really really put off by tubes. Really put off! So, I'm hoping to get an Omnipod; although I haven't asked yet if its available. I was given the impression I can choose.
    It would be good to get your first hand opinion of both pumps as you've used both. A comparison - pros & cons.
     
  5. Omnipod

    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Theres no comparison Houseyjojo. I had a tubed pump before. The Omnipod far outweighs a tubed pump. So much more freedom wearing it on the body. You dont have to worry about what you can or cant wear it with. A tubed pump limits you. You have to share your bed with it. You get all twisted in the tubing. The tubing does get caught and rips the cannula out sometimes. Its a 'passion blocker'....
    With a pod, its so small, you attach it and thats that. it does not get in the way. You dont even know youre wearing it....
     
  6. JaneC

    JaneC Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been on the Omnipod for 2 years after so many years of MDI . When it works it's the best thing ever but there have been bad reliability problems with the new smaller pods, the only severe highs are due to malfunctioning pods. The company Ypsomed is helpful and replaces them but I think deny many of the problems that occur to protect their share price ? I wouldn't however want a tubed pump and will persist and hope the issues will be resolved over the coming months.
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    JaneC, its funny that you have issues and say they are not resolved. I started with the new smaller pods and to date.... been through 6 boxes and have never had a single fail. #touchwood
    Today on the Omnipod facebook pages, there was a picture of a girl wearing the pod on her back just above her shoulder blade. Another was wearing it on his calf. Seems like you could wear it anywhere on the body. I found that with a tubed pump, because of the tubing, you could only wear it on the abdomen or lumbar region on the back. Over time I had so much scar tissue because the cannulas on the Medtronic were so long. After going back to MDI, the scaring took at least a year to go away. Now with the Omnipod, the cannula is so small. It self inserts and feels like a finger prick. The Omnopiod is better in EVERY way. Im hoping that Omnipod start taking all the business so that companies like Medtronic and Accu Check are forced into designing new tubeless systems which should become better and cheaper and available for every diabetic on MDI.
    My HBA1C has dropped from 11% to 8.1% which is fantastic. Hoping to be 7% in April.
     
  8. bluntneedle

    bluntneedle Type 1 · Member

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    Hi too you all,
    I have had an Omni know for 9 Months. I have been Typ 1 for over 20 years and resisted my Doctors advice to get a pump. How wrong I was. The best HbH1 I ever had without the Pump was 8 or 9. Since the pump 6.5 / 6.7 / 6.7. I have had one malfunction, one blocked from blood and nocked two pods on the door frame at the beginning. You soon get used to allowing that extra inch on the door frame. I also looked at all the pumps before I picked the Omni. To be honest I cannot understand why there are so many antik Pumps out there. My Health Insurers will have to fight me to give it up (Living in Germany).
    Adv. tested from me :- you can wear it in the shower in the swimming pool and swim in the sea with it.
     
  9. Rollergirl64

    Rollergirl64 · Newbie

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    Hello,
    Good to read your comments. My son is 13 and Type 1 almost 2 years. now. He has been on Injections and they work well with HbA1C currently 7.5
    He does not want to be on a pump as he wants to be normal as much as possible and with injections its done and over and he's back to bodiily freedom. I have asked about Omnipod as it's wireless and much more less invasive with more freedom. May I ask was any of yours funded and if not how much would be the cost of purchase and on-going costs.
     
  10. Omnipod

    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Funded by the CCG / Primary Care Trust. Some diabetic clinics work with Omnipod and some dont. If your sons diabetic clinic works with Omnipod, you can usually ask to do a trial for a week or so and see if he likes it. You shouldnt have a problem with funding if its for a minor/child. Mine is funded in full
     
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    Rollergirl64 · Newbie

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    Rollergirl64 · Newbie

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    Thank you for that. MAy I ask where in London you are based? We are located in Croydon. I did ask the nurse about it but she wasn't too sure. I will bring it up at his next clinic appointment.
    Thank you again.
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    well i used to go to Kings but they dont do the Omnipod. I now go to Chelsea Westminster.
     
  14. bluntneedle

    bluntneedle Type 1 · Member

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    Hi,
    I think 13 is a good age to go over to an Omni pump. The question is how many times does your son have to inject Rollergirl ? I was by 5 plus corrections when I went over to a pump, maybe thats a good argument for your son with a pump (Omni) it is just every three days that you have to change. The rest is getting to grips with the software I am 57 and it took me a couple of days a 13 yr old will do it standing on his head. Anyway good luck.
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Call Omnipod or email Beverely Sumner, - Ypsomed UK [[email protected]]
    She will advise you which diabetic clinics in your area work with them.
     
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    FlorinBv Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hello blunteedle, I'm disperate, could you help me please!
    I'm moving in Germany next month (I will have a permanent work contract), and as diabetic T1 I'm wondering if I really need a private insurance or if it's enough the public one for my T1 management (pro & contro?).
    I'm worried especially for the pump, because I have Accu-Check (here in Italy) but as soon as I get in Germany I wold like to switch on Omnipod, do you think that I need the private or public insurance to get the Omnipod? Thank you very much for your help!
     
  17. RUDYz

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    Hi Gang,
    Rudy from New York.
    My son ahs slowly been increasing his insulin and it is getting closer to the pump.
    He is 25 and we are looking at the Omni verses all the rest. They really seem to be pushing the tube style but hey he is an active 25 years old.
    Love hearing all the great responses about the Omni
    Seems that the USA is always steps behind everyone else
     
  18. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What about the Abbot blood tester, I hear there are problems with that, which sort of degrades the purpose of having the integrated blood tester/control handset.

    Personally I like the look of the Cellnovo with the very short tube, but the drawback with both of those is no integration with CGM if I decided to go down that route
     
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    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am not sure but I'm not sure that all Omnipods have the particular integrated meter that was subject to the recall notice. I think it's just some of them. And as it's an actual recall, you should be able to get a replacement device that works, if you were affected.
     
  20. Omnipod

    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    only 1 or 2 batches of test strips were recalled. The Omnipod is a dream compared to a tube pump. Gives you alot more freedom. I been on pumps for years. Had a accu check spirit, then a medtronic veo and then only got the omnipod. Once you have a tubeless pump, I doubt you would ever go back to a tubed one. Clinics do push the tubed pumps only because they been around long and their clinic staff have had training on them.
    I had to change clinics to get a omnipod and yes, you do have to fight for one. They work out about £100 more per year of the year but the initial purchase is alot less. The PDM is just under £400. A box of pods cost about £200. I use 1 pod every 3 days.
     
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