If you’re leaning towards the Tandem, I’ll second the recommendation for it. It’s worked well for me, and for many of our community members here. (As you’ve seen, some have had bad experiences with it, too. We’re all individuals with unique bodies, needs, preferences, etc.)
You’re already using a Dexcom, which is great.
In terms of BG control, the major difference between the Omnipod and the Tandem is that the Tandem is able to do a lot more automatically.
The Omnipod will give you a steady background basal dosage (akin to the Lantus you’re currently taking, except it’s a slow drip of Humalog/Novolog instead of a single time-release shot) and then boluses as you request them (akin to the sliding scale shots you’re taking now).
The Tandem will directly connect to the Dexcom, getting readings every 5 minutes. It will then adjust the basal rate to compensate. If you’re running high, it’ll give you a little extra. If you’re running low, it’ll automatically slow or stop the insulin flow. If you’ve been running high and it’s been at least an hour since your last bolus, it will automatically give you a correction bolus. Likewise, when you want a bolus (for meals or to correct for a sustained high BG reading) it will automatically factor in your current BG and adjust accordingly, adding or subtracting insulin as needed to compensate if you’re above or below your target range.
Either system can give you better control. Getting that slow basal drip is more like what your pancreas would do, and most people’s bodies respond better to it. Likewise, having the pump always inserted means you can give yourself as many boluses as you want without an extra needle. So if you have a light snack or you find yourself running a little higher than expected, you can give yourself a couple of units with no pain or fuss. There’s freedom in that if you’re used to taking a few shots per day and structuring your meals around that.
But the Tandem’s Control IQ will do more than the Omnipod is currently capable of doing. Automatically adjusting your dosage every 5 minutes (based on both your current BG reading and the recent up or down trendline) can do a lot to help steady those highs and lows. It’s not perfect; you’ll still get some highs and lows. But they will likely be less frequent and severe, and the pump’s alarms will warn you if it thinks you’ll be going below 70, if you’ve been above 180 for an extended period, or if you’ve gone over your chosen high BG threshold.
Personally, switching from shots to a smart pump dropped my A1C a full point, from low to mid 7s to low to mid 6s. Hopefully it’ll be just as successful for you.