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Start on the omnipod next Wednesday. Any tips?

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by McOwarth, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. McOwarth

    McOwarth Type 1 · Member

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    So I get fitted with my external pancreas next Wednesday. Been on MDI for 23 years. Big changes lol I'm excited and nervous.
    Has anyone got any tips or advice?
    Thank you
     
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  2. Jodie1154

    Jodie1154 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am on the omnipod all I can say is to be patient with it it a a good pump I never look back it the best decision of my life.
     
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  3. McOwarth

    McOwarth Type 1 · Member

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    I take it it'll take a lot of getting used to go work out doses and stuff
     
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    Harrysdad Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I started on Pods in April after 35 years of MDI's. The first day not having an injection was proper weird!
    I did't find it too tricky getting used to, you've just got to take your time and not be too hard on yourself.
     
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    Jodie1154 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I been on the omnipod since November it has been amazing
     
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    Chickenboy Type 1 · Active Member

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    It's been a total game changer for me. But, you do need to be patient and recognise that there are often challenges that come which you wouldn't have encountered with MDI. The 2 main ones for me are each site has a diffent absorption rate and sensitivity factor. I also find that after insertion I have tob"flood" the site with insulin by giving extra bolus as otherwise my BGs rise significantly. Really you need to constantly monitor it over the first couple of months and take action on the trends you see. Hard work to start with but worth it in the end!
     
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    Jeannie87 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Jeannie87 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When you started with your pump - when was the last time you did your basal before starting on the pump? I’m starting a pump tomorrow and I’m confused by my notes as to when the last basal injection should be done! There was so much information the last training day (10
    days ago now!) I’ve got confused! We were told to have no basal on board but as to exactly when I should stop the basal is the problem. Any tips welcome x
     
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    Chickenboy Type 1 · Active Member

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    @Jeannie87 what basal are you on? It depends on the action time of the basal. If it is 24hrs then you would stop at least 24hrs before and make up any time gaps with short acting insulin. There will always be a bit of an overlap. We ended up having the first few hours on the pump with reduced basals. The first few days are a bit of a learning curve anyway so just make sure you have plenty of juice and sweets with you! ;)
     
  10. McOwarth

    McOwarth Type 1 · Member

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    I was on levemir. Got told to take half my normal dose the night before, and non on the morning if training, but to correct as needed.
    1st week has gone okay, currently working through the fasting stages to work on my basal rates
     
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