Hello. Intro - I’m a type 1 diabetic who’s been using dexcom for a while now, but who’s never had a pump. I’ve never liked the idea of the tubed pumps, but my doctor has convinced me to try a tubeless Omnipod, and at first glance, the Omnipod 5 seems like a good choice since it connects to the dexcom g6.
But. My smart phone is not compatible with Omnipod 5, which I understand is no problem because there is a stand alone controller. But it is also not compatible with Dexcom G6 app either, which looks like it will be a problem according to Omnipod’s FAQ.
I’ve always preferred using the dexcom receiver over having an app, for various reasons. I guess #1 is, I don’t keep my location turned on unless I’m using a gps app. I’m sure they could make an app that doesn’t require my location, though I’m the furthest thing from an app developer so I could be wrong. But this is not info I think they need. Also, I like to be able to silence my phone, and dexcom said you can’t do that. Dexcom receiver battery lasts for days, and it’s nice not to have yet another app draining my phone battery. Sometimes if I’m out with family/friends who are bring a smartphone, I leave mine behind and just have the smaller receiver to put in my pocket. Etc. Etc.
So I guess my questions are… (and I’ll continue trying to find answers online but if someone knows and/or has good advice, I’d love to hear it).
Does Omnipod 5 give you good high and low glucose level alerts? If I get a new smartphone that’s compatible with dexcom G6 and silence my phone, will I get alerts on the Omnipod controller?
If yes it does give alerts - do I really need the g6 phone app? The Omnipod videos indicate that you just enter the G6 transmitter serial number into the Omnipod app to connect them. So I’m wondering - if I don’t get a G6 compatible smart phone, could I just do without a G6 receiver/app and rely on Omnipod to alert me? Would my doctor’s office be able to get glucose level data need from me uploading Omnipod data and no dexcom data? Or will I not be able to connect the G6 with Omnipod if there’s no phone app?
If I decide to just go with manual mode for now so I can use my dexcom receiver, would it still be best to get the Omnipod 5 or would Dash be better? My assumption is that unless my copays are significantly different, I should still go with the 5 in case in the future I decide to switch to auto mode.
I think that’s it. It would be awesome if you could just download the G6 app onto the Omnipod controller… and you could have both apps on that one device. I know my preference for a standalone device is opposite of the norm; most people want to have just 1 device but maybe I’m weird in that regard. I keep my phone on silent mode or do not disturb all the time and it would be nice to have something separate for diabetes management.
Thanks to anyone who can provide help .