Edited post - thanks to my friend @Dennis so pointed out some errors in my early morning writing. Hopefully this makes more sense🤪.
Hi @amytid . Like you I decided to try the Omnipod5 when my Tandem warranty was up. I just started a week ago and am loving it! I like to read reviews of real time users, and read what I could find given that the system is relatively new. A common complaint was that numbers ran high the first or first few pods (number of pods - which must be changed every 3 days, varied).
This is my own own experience - I was not thrilled to be in the low and mix 200s for the better part of the time. I started with my same settings with my Tandem pump and while I could have tweaked them a bit before the change, I wasn’t consistently high like that. But with the first pod change my numbers immediately improved - literally. And I do not mis-use the word literally.
I asked my trainer and she told that during the first 3 days/1st pod, the system is learning your body’s patterns but the adaptive technology does not kick in until that change. For some it may take more.
I noticed my total daily dose with the first pod was much less than with Tandem and asked my trainer about that. To be honest I didn’t write down her response and don’t want to say the wrong thing here but that’s something you can ask your trainer or rep. When I was running high those three days the correction bolus didn’t work very well which was both concerning and frustrating, and I don’t understand why (a lame thing to say here but I’m being frank about my experience). With Tandem when I was high it could take a couple of hours at least to come down, and sometimes the correction took me too low. Of course the idea is to have good background settings, and getting those right can be frustrating. I used my Tandem settings as my Omnipod baseline and its adaptive tech used that as a starting point and adjusts accordingly, so (again, my explanation - check the tech with Omnipod) it takes some of the guesswork (for lack of a better term) out of deciding what to change.
Please please please use these comments as a starting point with an Omnipod rep or trainer. I may not be explaining the technicalities well or correctly but can only say the system is working well for me. I’m even considering tightening up my range. With Tandem - which was great when my background settings were great - I still had to leave a cushion so I wouldn’t drop too low with corrections. I know I’m going to get feedback about having good settings - it was just very frustrating for me to keep good ones in place. I’m not knocking Tandem but for me the Omnipod’s adaptive technology has been even better. I started with a range of 130-180 for that cushion but am thinking about tightening up now.
I really liked T:Connect software and used it in lieu of Dexcom (which I ran in the background) for my graphs - personal prefence. You have to use Glooko with Omnipod instead and can share with your doctor by linking to their office. Glooko can be used with Tandem’s CIQ but I never used it before so I’m getting used to the change. One good thing - I can record my food in Glooko so that info gets shared with my doctor as well. Our maybe that’s not a good thing🤔… I just connected the other day and don’t know if she’s looked yet.
I’m super happy with Omnipod myself. For all the concerns I expressed elsewhere on the forum about being tied to the PDM for control, I’ve found a way to pretty much ensure I keep it with me: I put my car keys on it and have an Apple airtag set to let me know if I leave it behind. And I’m just making a habit of keeping it with me. The PDM itself in not crazy about but it’s a matter of personal preference, not the operation itself.
That’s about it for now. I’ll add thoughts as they come to me but all I can say is, for me this is great!