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Offline nytquill17

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Re: Tubed or tubeless?
« Reply #15 on: 26 March 2018, 02:45:13 PM »
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.
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"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
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Re: Tubed or tubeless?
« Reply #16 on: 26 March 2018, 04:15:41 PM »
I wouldn't be at all concerned at a cannula being iffy on Day 3 - my sites all degrade to some extent on Day 3, some A Lot - it's why I change em every 2 days and you are sposed to change em every 3 days anyway whether they've degraded (or you have as in my case) or not.  Think I'd find that a bit of a PITA with a pod pump.
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: Tubed or tubeless?
« Reply #17 on: 26 March 2018, 06:00:11 PM »
Firstly... Mike, I apologise, you did not only explain clearly about bolussing with the handset of the Medtronic, you actually showed me in person when we met up in Bristol last Autumn.  Put it down to my flea brain that doesn't seem to retain things anything like it used to!  I went for a 2nd Combo because I already knew how to use it and wouldn't have a steep learning curve!

Nytquill... I am so very happy for you that all these things are coming together.  I think you'll find it much easier to cope with everything diabetic as well as your studies.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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Re: Tubed or tubeless?
« Reply #18 on: 28 March 2018, 10:47:53 AM »

hi Nyt
I use a barrier spray before putting on a Pod. This helps protect the skin and helps to avoid adhesive reaction.  I use Medi derma-s spray. Cavillon also works.
the pod cannula goes in angled , not at 90 degrees.  I sited my new pod on my left forearm this morning. very comfortable. you can check out my Insta account for photos @phdepritchard

I have never attempted to remove leftover insulin from the pod. I am not so sure about the idea. Perhaps ask the omnipod Rep if you are able.
I suppose the fact you have to pay for your insulin makes it a bit like liquid gold......literally.

I queried the wasted insulin from a pod change with my DSN and the rep -- and they were not concerned at all ( but we don't actually pay directly ) -- think 5 MDI injections per day and a 1u or 2u airshot per injection and that adds up to between 15-30 units anyway..................


edited to add : I also use Zoff adhesive remover wipes to take the old pod off with....makes it painless and I hate pain . :eek:
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: Tubed or tubeless?
« Reply #19 on: 29 March 2018, 08:19:29 AM »
here is a pic -- new pod on left forearm -- old pod about to come off on right upper arm
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

Offline nytquill17

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Re: Tubed or tubeless?
« Reply #20 on: 29 March 2018, 12:59:22 PM »
I feel like I would be more likely to bump it there! But how cool that it works!
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."