I have posted several times about my love for the OmniPod Insulin Management System. Today I would like to share the reasons why we chose the OmniPod and why I love the OmniPod so much I am thinking about marrying it. :)
Just about 2 weeks after Nate was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes our family participated in the JDRF Walk for a Cure. While at the walk my friend, Kimberly introduced me to the OmniPod representative, Rainne Brandt. We discussed the OmniPod briefly at that time but I was still completely overwhelmed by Nate's diagnosis so she gave me her card and some sample pods & I moved on.
When our family started thinking about pumping I thoroughly investigated and researched all of the insulin pumps currently on the market. All the while these little pods were sitting on my desk staring at me every time I sat down. After narrowing it down to the 3 most popular pumps: OmniPod, Ping and MiniMed it was such a clear choice for our family. We had to have the OmniPod!
* Probably the most obvious reason that we chose the OmniPod is NO TUBING. I spoke with several other D-Moms about their experiences with tubing all of which were positive but still the tubing was 100% an issue for Nate. I knew from the beginning that we needed to be tube free but I wanted to get all of the facts. I was honestly afraid my crazy boy would rip out that tubing and try to lasso his sisters with it - - - seriously, would not surprise me one little bit!
* Selfish, selfish me! Let me tell you why . . .
I hate shots! I hate getting shots and I hate giving shots. When the the nurse in the hospital made me give Jim a practice shot I nearly passed out. It was awful! The thought of inserting something larger than that little syringe into my son almost made me want to die. I watched several videos (over and over) of different people doing site changes and I knew I could not do it. Nope, not going to happen! When I saw a video of the OmniPod with its AUTO-INSERTION ---- it had me at Hello!!!! The pod sticks to Nate's little body, I push a button, count to 5 and DONE.
Priming the Pod
Auto Insertion Video
Disclaimer: Site changes for Nate are hit or miss. Some nights they are no big deal and some nights he screams and cries. This night it was 50/50 but i t is the only video I've got of site change night. Welcome to my chaotic life - - - !!!!
* Although I did not love the Freestyle meter when we got it --- I seriously love it now. It is built into the PDM and the strip requires the smallest amount of blood. I actually moved Nate's lancet from a 2 to a 1 and it is the perfect amount of blood. The strips have two sides so there is NO MORE ERROR 5 and can I just say that the little light on the end of the meter totally rocks for all of our nighttime checks.
* The PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) is by far the easiest remote control that we have in the house. The screen is large, bright and very easy to read. It asks simple questions like "Are you going to eat now?" and "Would you like to change your pod now?". Once it asked "Would you like to marry me?" I said "Yes" and we have been together ever since. :)~
Here is a picture I took of Nate today. We were in the truck on the way to gymnastics. I had just checked his BG on the built in meter. He was a nice 150 (with a decreased basal (by 50%) for gymnastics) but I thought he needed a few carbs to keep him steady during his 1 hour class so I bolused him at a red light and gave him some cookies! The cookies were 15g and I wanted about 10g to be free for gymnastics. SO EASY!
* The BEST SALES REP EVER - Rainne Brandt. I mentioned her earlier in this post but let me just tell you how absolutely spectacular she is:
- She has been with us every step of the way. We started talking with Rainne long before we made a decision on which pump we wanted and she was always available to answer any and all of my questions
- She delivers. She came to our house and delivered stickers for Nate to 'pimp his pods', she brought us samples of different products to help with Nate's sensitive skin and products to help keep his pod in place.
- She texts! Rainne and I have had an entire text conversation while I was bathing the kids and then I called her back at 11:00 PM and we talked a little more!
- She is Type 1 and she wears the OmniPod.
- She let me do a site change on her before I had to do one on Nate.
- She knows her stuff and I trust her completely.
- She cares about Nate, she knows his na me and his diagnosis date and didn't stop calling or caring after she made the sell.
But, before I go I wanted to share with you what my pumping partner in crime, Jessica had to say about her love for the OmniPod:
It's made life so much easier.
I had a feeling you were taking pics today for your blog. I love being right! -H
Thank you so much for all the info on the Omnipod!! We just started our pod on E this week. He is 1 1/2 years old. What are all of the different places you place the pod? I saw you use his leg..... I would love to use my son's leg. How long did it take him to get use to having the pod on him.? So far life with the omnipod it so awesome! I am just like you I almost passed out in the hospital when they said I had to give shots 4 times a day.
I came over from Meri's blog. My son was diagnosed a year ago at 10 months old - your dx story was very familiar! We started the omnipod on my son 2 months ago. It is a dream, but the first few hours after we change it, his blood always goes super high. Have you experienced that? We've tried lots of different things. Just wondering!
OK - I commented before I watched the video. :) Now that I've watched it, I have another question. You don't hold the pod down when you insert the needle? We were taught to do that. Maybe that's why my son's blood goes high - the tube goes into the muscle, maybe? Our sales rep seemed a little wacky, to tell you the truth, but we don't have anyone to compare our experiences with. Very interesting!
This was awesome. I had no idea what to expect, I have never seen a pod in real life, and that auto insertion is a dream!
Nate is a super hero for sure..and he CAN NOT get any cuter. All my boys watched the videos. My 12 year old said that is so sad that a baby has to have diabetes...this coming from a boy that was 8 mo old when diagnosed. He is right though. :(
Love you! GREAT post!
Great post Laura - thank you so much! We chose the OmniPod for many of the same reasons - insertion, no tubing, waterproof, remote bolus, etc. I am looking forward to our start date on Monday. I am sure I will be picking your OmniPod brain over the next few weeks. Thanks for a great informative post! Oh and by the way, I can't get the videos to work, they buffer but that's about it, hmmmm... gotta work on that!
How could I forget Rainne? She has gotten up in the wee hours of the morning to shoot me a text to make sure Liam was coming down from highs when she knew I'd be up checking him. Love that girl!
The customer service has been pretty awesome too. When I have needed to call, I've gotten great help, and a lot of the customer service reps actually wear the pod.
Lora, I don't have any contact information for you so hopefully you will read this! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org - please feel free to email me anytime.
We do not hold the pod down during insertion. We were originally taught pinch the skin up like when you give a shot but Nate is pretty chubby so we don't really need to do that. If he were a thin little guy we would certainly be more concerned about the pinching up.
As far as the highs after a pod change - we did battle with that!! Nate was getting SO worked up about just putting the pod on that we would wait before we actually did the insertion which I think may have caused a few of the highs. We also gave him dum-dum lollipops at site change and we stopped that to see if that was the cause. We have started having good numbers after the change but it took us a while to get there.
Again, feel free to email me and we can discuss further.
Penny - I am going to upload the videos here -
Hopefully, you can see them there.
Thanks. Got the videos to work finally. Nate is such a cutie and you are so good with getting it done and over with. I give you a standing 'O' from PA my dear!!!!
In a post, at some later date, can you explain how you deal with IOB and the fact that the OmniPod doesn't really calculate it. I am so concerned about stacking doses after she gets the Pod. I mean, I have our log book to refer to, but just wondering how you deal with it all and if there is a secret to the Pod and IOB that I haven't discovered yet.
Thank you for all of this great information! I have two daughters ages 2 and 4 years old and they both have type 1 diabetes, some day I hope to have both of them on a pump. I really love being able to see the videos so that I can get a visual of how it actually looks.
Thank you for giving us an inside look at the Omnipod, this was very helpful.
I posted on Meri's that one of my concerns is tubing. Not as much about Jonathan messing with it, but more because of stories I've heard about disconnects, kinks, and other bad situations.
Honestly, I think I've heard at least one bad story about every pump out there, but after trading your posts, I'm becoming more open to it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to put this all together!
Wow, what an awesome description and videos. Our OmniPod arrived today, and we are sooo excited to get trained and set up. Your description makes me feel even more sure that the Pod was the right choice for our T-Bear. And, thank you, Laura for the e-mail. It's a great comfort to "meet" other T1 moms out there and follow their family's progress :) - Mo
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I love the picture of you changing Nate's pod by the pool! Just a week into pumping and pod changes remind me of my initial days of giving injections...shaky hands, referring to manual countless times, and then holding my breath for two hours until we check bg. We are already in major love with the PDM as well! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more! :D
my warranty was up on my minimed on august 26th ... i still haven't made up my mind on whether or not i want the animas ping or omni pod ... i keep flip flopping back and forth, i think my biggest concern with the omni pod is that i'll loose the pda. thanks for writing this, it's nice to hear other peoples thoughts, opinions, and experiences.
My daughter is on omnipod also for 1 year now, age 6 years old. We do love it. But the only down side for Kaley is that her skin is so sensitive that the adhesive is breaking her out and itching leaving a bad rash. By the 2nd day I must change it. I've used barrier wipes and it still doesn't work. But all in all if I could stop the irritation I would give this system a five star rating.. Awesome post by the way:)
Hi Nate! My name is Caleb. When you were crying I thought you might be laughing. It made me sad to see you upset because it looked like you were hurt really bad. I use the Pod too. It's on my arm right now. I've been using it for a while and I like it because it is better than shots. You seem like a good boy. I hope we can meet some day. Stay strong. From Caleb.
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