pump parade, I had left Omnipod last year after over 3 years on their UST200 PDM and original pods because I was frustrated with kinked cannulas and occlusions. From there, I jumped back and forth between my out of warranty backup pump (the Cozmo 1800) and my brand new shiny Tandem tslim (that hasn't worked out for me).
These are my first impressions.
The new pods are what they promised - lower profile, lighter weight, thinner, shorter, and in every way smaller.
It felt like the gauge might be thinner. (I'll look that up and get back to you.) Pay no attention to the spots on my belly from the insets I wore in the days prior. Also, thank me for cropping out my vitiligo/c-section/linea negra circus that is the area near my belly button. It ain't pretty, but it is what it is.
They've also added a pink horseshoe shaped fixture in the top of the pod to indicate that the cannula deployed properly. Nice, but I never remember having a pod in three years whose cannula did not deploy. I'm not sure if this was a common complaint or if the FDA required it or what.
But look how tiny the little 10-pack boxes are!
First and most obvious is the ID screen. I know of people with multiple podders in their family who will see this screen as a breath of fresh air when tiptoeing in to check nighttime blood sugars. For the rest of us, this is a potential annoyance. Before proceeding to any other screen, you must hit the soft key for Confirm. This includes when you insert a strip to test your blood glucose. So you insert a strip, confirm your name, then have to (still, really?) confirm the code of the for-all-intents-and-purposes-non-coding Freestyle strips, and then you are prompted for your blood drop. (But you have options for what color the screen is!) Eh, it's not that bad, really.
But there are more. Everything you do now, even entering a carb count for your bolus, requires you to Confirm. Confirm. Confirm. I can tell you now that I'm going to get tired of the confirmation screens the same way I did on the t:slim. This is probably all due to safety checks endorsed for all the right reasons. But come on, have you ever tried to turn off a PlayStation3? No really. No, are you sure? No, are you sure you want to power it off. Okay, one last time...
The best features of the new system center around Insulin on Board (IOB). In past iterations of the Omnipod, mealtime insulin was not considered in the IOB - only correction insulin. It now considers food insulin as onboard insulin, like many of its competitors' pumps (with the exception of Medtronic). That change will take some getting used to for people for whom the pod has been their only system.
Secondly, IOB is now displayed prominently on the home screen at all times. YES. Also, YES.
They also didn't add extra tape near the nose of the pod. This is where I frequently found myself losing adherence and actually where it came up during my shower tonight. This does not make me happy.
The new case is as flimsy and cheap as the old one but they did add a velcro strap (left) that accommodates the PDM while in the silicone skin as well as a little black pillow (right) that's supposed to protect the screen. The mesh pocket on the back (not pictured) is as flimsy as ever. And we're supposed to hold a spare pod there? No, thank you. That pocket will be ripped before you can say "Two Toddlers."
Get yourself a Myabetic or a Sugar Bag. You'll thank me later.
I'm back, Omnipod. Don't disappoint me. Mama needs a pump she can count on.