I’m on the Omnipod courtesy of FUD, so to make you guys really regret engaging in such kind actions, I figured I would start up a thread with a little of reflection of my Omnipod experience as I mosey along. It will be painful (and likely ignored) by those of you who know what you’re doing with your own pods, but that’s okay. As you likely do with many of my posts, you’re welcome to skip them. Maybe for people who are new to it as well, or even just considering, it will contain something they can use. Not from my own information, but from the corrections and additions that surely will follow.
So I’m due to change today, and thanks to the the information gathered here (and extra help from Eric), I have a plan. I’m to be at a party with my children, if all goes as planned, right at my 72 hour mark. Because I understand that it will really go to 80 hours, and not a minute past, I have my first big decision: to change the pod before I go or to let it remain until the evening. A procrastinator (and insulin-saver) by nature, I’m tempted to put it off until I return, but that means I’ll be heading into night by the time I get my second pod set up. Which is probably not the smartest decision. I’ll wrap this up then and get it done before we leave.
I’ve gotten lots of great recommendations for placement and have decided to use Beacher’s list as a rotation guide, but I think I’m going to try the trap area next as I’ve already recommended it to another friend. Because it seems I do that— recommend things without having tried them. Honestly, my first pod placement was so painless that this would be the time to try something truly new. I’m not likely to do it after my first “speared” experience.
What else? I love it so far. It’s been very easy to navigate, the first placement was painless, and my blood sugar, with the exception of late night—diabetic error— stuff has been great. I’ve also loved the showers and heading off down the road without having anything attached.
I’ve adjusted two basal rates so far as Eric sent me a pre-programmed PDM. His numbers have been excellent, but I have had to dial back a little during two periods. Since joining FUD, I’ve been able to recognize a pattern that I’ve never noticed before, and that is my late night/overnight extreme hyperglycemia after eating something that doesn’t usually cause it. I just never recognized it until seeing it appear across all different management approaches— MDI, 670G auto mode and manual mode, and now Omnipod. I mention this because now that I understand that my late night snacks are way more problematic than I once thought, I can also understand that too heavy a basal rate during the late afternoon and early evening sets me up for a crash/rebound combination during that tricky period. This is neat knowledge. This is the kind of stuff I’ve learned here. So I have scaled back my basal rates from 5 pm to 8 pm from 1.5 to 1.25. I have no idea if it’s the right adjustment, but I’ve got good enough justification, and, if it’s not, I can revisit and tweak again.
Quick aside: I used to go to my endocrinologist with a couple of numbers and a whole lot of explanation and sit quietly in the office while she figured out what might work best for me. Those days are gone. I’m going to start charging her.
ANYWAY. About the Omnipod. Here is my less than impressive night, but I’ve already made some adjustments and am hopeful that I’ll see improvement today.