Pros, Cons, Tips & Tricks With Using The Omnipod Insulin Pump

Pros, Cons, Tips & Tricks With Using The Omnipod Insulin Pump

January 13, 2020 27 By Jose Scott


hey warriors today I’m going to talk
about the Omnipod insulin management system now before I started on the Omnipod I use Lantus and Novolog was on syringes
and then I turned to the pens and it worked out really well and it wasn’t
until I started you know learning about my body and how insulin changes
throughout the day I just couldn’t get my morning blood sugars to go down so
the doctor suggested breaking up the lantus doses and I still just couldn’t
get it to like a happy medium so for many years I was suggested to go in the
pump and of course in middle school in high school
that’s like the last thing you know a girl wants to deal with is being asked
what’s on your arm what’s on your stomach at the beach what’s what’s this
what’s that you just don’t want to deal with it but then when I got pregnant
with my daughter my first child I instantly wanted an insulin pump and I
was researching and I and then I came across the Omnipod and it like it was
still like brand-new and I was like this is perfect because there’s no tubes you
just stick it on you could take a shower with it you don’t have to worry about
getting ganked on doors and drawers and what-have-you
so I called got my doctor to approve it and I instantly fell in love with it it
took a lot of trial and error people think you get on an insulin pump and
it’s smooth sailing it’s really not like that it takes I’ve been on it for six
years it’s taken awhile and just now I’m like I can you know do this in my sleep
I feel like you start to really know what works and what doesn’t and along
the way I learned some really good helpful too
and tricks when dealing with the omni pod because you want to get the most
value out of it you don’t want to spend more money because you’re on an insulin
pump you don’t want to waste good insulin
so here’s are some good helpful tips and tricks with working with the ami pod say a pump a pod goes bag and you have
to change it and you didn’t get your three good days out of it there’s
probably still some insulin left over so you could try to squeeze a few units out
of it you’re obviously not going to get the full amount that you just put in
even if say you just put it on five minutes ago says it goes bad you’re not
gonna get the full amount but you can still get some insulin so what you would
do is go through that tiny little hole and you could grab some insulin out of
it now you take the sticker part off now
you’re all good to go right you just put it on the skin make sure it’s held on tight my second
helpful tip is how long you can actually have the pot on you and I learned that
even when it says you have to change it now it needs to be removed and changed
I’ve had it on for up to six hours after it’s given me the first message that it
needs to be changed of course you don’t want to go to bed with it saying to
change it and expect to just you know sleep through it you need to change it
right away like say you’re going to leave the house say you’re you’re going
out and you’re not gonna have all your supplies with you always make sure to
change it unless like for me if I’m in the house and it says change it and I’m
like six hours it’s gonna be dinnertime that’s no problem because I’m not going
to be out and about and it’s actually helped me save a lot of pods so I’m not
constantly calling my doctor and my insurance saying I’ve ran out of pods I
don’t have any I have like a whole closet full of stuffed full of pods you
know just in case you know pods were to go bad I’d have those extras for myself
my third helpful trick is for the alarm that the Omnipod gives out it usually
give this gives this noise out if the pot is bad say you’ve left it on for a
really long time or there’s a malfunction it’ll send out this really
loud annoying alarm so what I’ve learned is that if you take a
really small pin into this this hole up here and you press down it’ll actually
turn it off back in the day used to wrap up the omni pod tried to silence it
because of course you don’t want to hear that all day but yeah if you take a pin
and press down on the top pole it’ll silence it and you’re good to go
one last tip I have is when you do put the Omnipod on for me personally I know
everyone’s different I have to give myself a poke change bolus and basically
what I use that I found helps keep my blood sugar at least that to where it
was before is around one unit I know that everybody is gonna be different so
I would just play around a little bit in you know go to the bare minimum when you
start off on the omni pod because you don’t know how you’re gonna react it
took me several tries just realizing every time I change my pump my blood
sugar would rise about a hundred points so that’s when I learned that I had to
do that in order to avoid spiking afterwards Aspen at least I just want to
give off a few pros and cons with the Omnipod pro number one freedom you’re
not hooked up to a tube you don’t have to take it off to get in water it’s
waterproof it’s you know you kind of feel like you’re not on anything but at
the same time you are so that’s always nice it really works well with the
Dexcom people say that it doesn’t integrate so it’s kind of frustrating
but at the same time it’s it’s really simple because I follow my phone I just
put you know my bolus and basil amounts and it really works out nice you can
even check your blood sugar through here I don’t personally I use my own specific
meter but that’s that’s great to you I think it’s like the Freestyle
or something but yeah that’s nice a con that I found with the omni pod is that
the cannula is not that long so if you could see it so say you put it on
everything’s fine sometimes it can get paint it’ll like go
sideways or you’re not absorbing all the insulin so sometimes you could tend to
have some highs that you wouldn’t normally get if it weren’t for this
that’s what I’ve heard I’ve heard some people get rashes skin irritations from
the adhesive that’s also a con I personally don’t have that problem
sometimes here and there I mean I’m sure with every insulin pump there’s some
malfunctioning it comes with the territory but for my personal preference
I prefer the Omni pot I enjoy it it makes my life you know
it makes my life easier I don’t have to you know
I don’t have to give myself syringe injections several times a day I just
bing-bang-boom put it in my army pod and I’m good to go
I love it I wouldn’t I wouldn’t trade it I obviously would like to see more
improvements in technology and hopefully a closed-loop system with the omni pod
that would be fantastic and yeah that about wraps it up for today please leave
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