I am in the midst of a glitch with the Omnipod 5 PDM that bricked it so decided to post the details here…watch out, this is a PITA and I sincerely hope it does not happen to anybody else. In fact, this event (and Insulet’s laissez faire reaction to it) are causing me to rethink my 3 year love affair with all things Pod.
Anyway, here is what happened:
Initiated a pod change, filled new pod, got the following error message after pushing “Next” to prime the pod:
This is the first time I have ever experienced this communication error while using Omnipod for the past 3 years.
“Try again” multiple times did nothing, got rid of that pod, “Discard pod”, filled a new pod and pushed “next”. New pod started up, got it on me, got to the menu “Switch to Auto mode?”. Selected Yes and PDM went into Restart mode.
PDM hung up on this screen, has not been able to “load 11 of 22” ever since despite powering down etc.:
PDM also gives this “Something went wrong” message which for some reason I find almost as infuriating as the “device is managed by your organization” message:
The pod that successfully started but also started this chain of events is still on me and seems to be doing its basal thing very nicely. But I have no way of using this pod for a bolus or a correction, or to determine if it is in Auto mode or Manual mode or to set a Temp Basal. At any rate I am using a syringe for bolus and all seems to be going fine but it feels like I’m driving in the dark with no headlights as far as basal.
I have been on the phone a few times with Insulet since this started 30 hours ago…They are sending a new PDM which should arrive today. The thing that bugs me is they have a fixation on the battery (“When was the last time you charged it”, etc etc) and other than that are very un-curious about the cause of this major glitch which bricked my PDM. I have assured them it was at 65% charge when the PDM glitched and I have subsequently brought it up to 100% with no change of the startup bug. The whole hardware/software setup of using these super discount android phones for their PDM bugs me a little, but their “Oh well whatever” attitude on the phone has gotten under my skin.
Should I expect better hardware/software and better technical support from a company I (and my insurers) have spent mega thousands of dollars with over the past 3 years? Or am I just being a reactionary crack pot? All answers are welcome, thanks for listening!