So my 10-year-old who was diagnosed 6 months ago is looking at pumps. We are planning on doing a saline trial both with the Animas Ping and the OmniPod. She REALLY likes the OmniPod though and is leaning heavily that direction. I want to support whatever she is most comfortable with. Our endo office isn't extremely supportive of the OmniPod and I think they have a variety of issues with it, but I asked them directly to give me what they see as the downfalls and this is what the diabetes educator (who I really respect) had to say -- there are 2 issues as they see it.
(1) there is no ability to trend the numbers -- they only get 4 or 5 days of data to work with so you would have to commit to writing everything down to attain really good control.
(2) the OmniPod does not count insulin on board for meals/carbs eaten.
I contacted OmniPod to get their answers to these and they said the old PDM had issues with history, but the new one allows for storage of 90 days worth of numbers. They also said that it does count insulin on board for corrections, but not for carbs.
The advantages are fantastic for my daughter -- she loves that it is tubeless and she loves that the insertion is automated. I'm wondering if our office just hasn't had anyone recently get the OmniPod and so their experience is limited (they only have 4 kids TOTAL using it).
Anyway... I knew this would be the place to go to gather REAL LIFE experience -- from those who are or have pumped with it.. rather than the clinical experience of the endo office or the sales experience of the OmniPod folks.
Anyone have thoughts?