I am taking the plunge into podding by switching over from MDI Tresiba/Fiasp (using MDI my A1c was in the 6 +/- 0.3 range for 5 years with good TIR) to Omnipod pumping. I think the main driver for making the switch right now is curiosity…I want to know if I can have an easier time of it by podding. Can I improve my TIR and A1c with fewer time-outs from day to day life and less mental effort by using the Omnipod? Can I catch/correct nasty inadvertent BG peaks or unintended nighttime high BGs? Only time will tell…hopefully I can use this thread to get my rookie questions out there and start some good discussions that will benefit everybody using Omnipods.
Here is where things sit right now:
Believe it or not, until about 2 months ago I had never seen a pump up close. Discussed with my endo and visited with a CDE in November to see what various pumps look like, ask questions and get a feel for what the Omnipod is all about. They both were pushing the Dash.
Signed up on Insulet web site (requesting Dash) and let their sales force do the heavy lifting of figuring out coverage with my insurer (private insurance). The answer came back: Dash not covered, “conventional” Omnipod is covered. I have no reason not to try the conventional Omnipod and have read the generally good reviews so I decided to go that route. I also like the option of looping after things get dialed in.
Insulet sales force seemed very responsive, got the PA approved and shipped out 40 pods and a PDM starter kit in late December. Now I have my appt with the trainer to start the Onmipod on 1/14/20. Trying to get ready by (1) switching over from Tresiba basal to Lantus, so I have a backup basal that is faster to respond than Tresiba (2) requesting prescrips for Fiasp in vials, syringes/needles for backup corrections and (3) switching over from Contour Next BG checks to Freestyle which meshes with the Omnipod PDM and seems like a more convenient way to go.
As questions and good news/bad news updates pop up I will be sure post on FuD…Thanks in advance for all the help I am going to ask for, Stay tuned!