Thanks Paul, very helpful info! Those are some of the main concerns I have, siting and pod failures.
I had read that people were putting sensors elsewhere and getting fine results, just that Abbott won't be able to give the same support if a sensor goes wrong when placed at an unapproved site. I figure if I go the pod route (and I think I will) I can just mix and match configurations (sensor on arm or somewhere else, pod on arm or somewhere else) depending on where I am tired of having things stuck on me at the time!
Currently sporting my trial pod on my abdomen - really no more bothersome than a Libre sensor! Although it's a bit of a shame that the demo pod doesn't allow you to actually insert anything; I'd like to see how it feels with a cannula actually in. But I did have 3 days with a Silhouette set in so I have an idea how cannulas feel in general. It did seem to "go wrong" on the 3rd day (some soreness and blood in the cannula), and I think it was compressed on the end when I finally took it out. So I am a bit concerned that if the pod cannulas don't suit me I can't just try a different type of infusion set, and if the cannula fails the whole thing has to be scrapped and not just the set. (Although I've heard that if you have insulin left you can get some of it back out with the loading syringe? Is that true?) But it's reassuring to hear from someone for whom it works well, and I think that on balance I'll prefer being "unattached" over the possible hassles.
But overall I'm definitely leaning towards Omnipod at this point. I'm already used to Libre sensors so I can really see myself just dealing with more of the same (a stuck-on device and a portable "brains") and the idea of having to find a place to put a tubed pump while sleeping, in different outfits, etc. has always put me off a bit. Anyway the government coverage plan includes a 3-month trial period so if I really don't like it after trying it "for real" I can always give it back! So at this point I just want to do the full 3 days with the trial pod on to make sure the adhesive and everything works for me, and I expect I'll be emailing my CDE this week to let her know that I definitely wanna do this and what my choice will be!
In slightly less positive news my last eye test has shown up some mild, nonproliferative retinopathy. Eye dr. says it's reversible at this stage and I would obviously really like to do that! I have definitely had a roller coaster of a year which has shown up in my BGs. But, positive spin, I'm motivated to make a pump work now because with pump + Libre and enough self-discipline I think I can do better enough to get my A1c down into the 7s at least and give myself a chance! Thank god I have such a helpful team and that all these expensive gadgets are accessible to me. I shudder to think of what would happen otherwise.