So this makes me wonder about pod placement and general pod tips… I’m getting mine tomorrow (thank you again, Eric), and I have yet to do any reading. Is there a thread for just Omnipod? For placement and such?
I read about your forearm placement, @bpollina. I tried putting a sensor there once, and it was like a horror scene. I won’t be going back to that body part…ever. What else have you used?
This is very funny because I’ve seen that title a number of times and thought it was a reference to food… like should you go buy very large underwear so you could eat anything you want so that you could be unlimited… and now I know. I’ll go check it out.
I’m pretty sure my reply a minute ago landed in the wrong place. And in response to the wrong person!! I don’t know what I’m doing… hopefully you did actually ask for pod placement tips @Nickyghaleb and I didn’t just make that up!
Truth be told, I had a run of bad butt pod experiences. One got kinked immediately and I’ve never had a cannula hurt that badly during a bolus. The next one was a gusher…I had it in for five minutes…yanked it…and there was blood everywhere. Like it was dripping on the bathroom floor. I’ve taken a Butt Break for a while but plan to revisit it next week. I only butt pod during the work week bc I’m so active on weekends that I don’t feel like dressing around it and being careful with it. But otherwise it’s worked pretty well, lol!
Okay, so I nominate @T1Allison for being out on the rest of the pod placement thread if she’s going to bring stories using phrases like gusher and blood everywhere and never had a cannula hurt that badly…
A run of bad butt pods… I’d say. Lovehandle it is then, @kpanda01.
I’m just glad you guys don’t do bleeder pics… They do sometimes In my group. Thank you, Allison, for not providing a pic.
I don’t like the stomach either! Both Dexcom and pods tend to be a little tender there. And I cross my arms, like, constantly (bad body language, I know!) And when I cross my arms it bumps or puts pressure on the pod or sensor and makes it ache even more. So I gave up on it for a while. I need to try my arms again now that it’s long-sleeve weather.
I’m so bad at this tonight. Didn’t really mean to delete my other attempt at this, but I’m not sure how to bring my post back from the dead. So I’ll try again… if you like stomach sites, give it a whirl!!
I wouldn’t expect it based on me. Everything makes me bleed. So I imagine any cannula and any inserter would do it to me periodically…not just Omnipod. But, knock on wood, it hasn’t happened in quite a while. No biggie!
Very comfortable, good absorption: backs of upper arms (despite lipoatrophy), abdomen (from ribs down to belt line, and round the back as far as I can go without the pod pressing against a chair back; shares with Dexcom sensor)
Comfortable, but sometimes iffy absorption (mostly because of said atrophy): top and side of upper thighs
Comfortable as far as pod goes but not comfortable when sitting, though good absorption: upper butt
In two years of podding, I’ve had the occasional bleeding when a pod is removed. Not related to any one place in particular. And I bled after the odd injection, too, so it’s no big deal.
I wear my pods on my upper and lower thighs, my upper butt, my lower back and occasionally my arms (mostly reserved for Dex). I find the pods comfortable in all of those places. I am always wearing jeans and I have no problem with them under the jeans.
My butt is my favorite place and it doesn’t bother me at all when I am sitting. I wear it just above where I sit and below my waistband. I don’t even know it’s there. I also like my lower back a lot, but I find that when I work out I tend to sweat there, so it doesn’t stick as well. I like my thighs, but it bothers me a bit when I sleep. I find that I can’t sleep on the side that the pod is on so it limits my sleeping positions. I never wear it on my stomach because I hate having anything on my stomach.