I would love to know your thoughts and experiences once you have tried the Pod.
William (8) has been on the OmniPod for about a month, now. Yes, there has been a defitinite transition from MDI to the pump, but overall, right now, there's no way we'd go back to MDI. And, I think this transition period is normal for all pumps. So, overall, what I LOVE about the OmniPod....
It's tubeless, so I don't have to worry about William accidentally pulling out an infusion site. Yep, we've had issues with a Pod getting jostled, and insulin not being delivered correctly because of blood in the cannula. This was mostly from our slip-n-slide (long explanation) where the Pod was bashed and slid-upon in a way that it simply was not designed to stand up to (ain't that a boy for you?). And, when I even think about what would happen to a traditional tubed infusion site....well....ick and shudder. So, overall, I personally feel the Pod will hold up better under the demands of a Very Active Child than a more traditional, tubed pump would. Just my personal opinion.
Flexible Basal insulin delivery is awesome. With MDI using a slow-acting insulin basal, you have no way of controlling how much and when basal insulin is being delivered. With the pump, not only can you set up different basal rates for different times of the day/night (such as the early AM when kids' growth hormones are being released, increasing BG), but you can suspend basal insulin delivery entirely by pushing a button. For example, when William is swimming, and burning through glucose like a madman, I can shut off his basal insulin entirely, and so not worry about his BG dropping while he's swimming. And, with the Pod, we don't have to disconnect any tubing, because the wireless insulin reservior is waterproof.
Okay, so maybe flexible basal delivery isn't the BEST feature. Probably "it SO EASY" is the best feature, because William can go to a friend's house, and actually EAT, and I can talk any competent adult through the testing and bolusing processing over the phone. Come to think of it, I can talk his 10-year odl brother through the testing/bolus process, because his brother was there during pump training and learned how to program the thing. It's really easy.
We're testing more frequently, AND were CORRECTING more frequently, which means tighter control. With MDI, if William's BG was 155, I would not set up an injection to correct. With the pump, I can give him a correction without him even noticing, and I do. That means tighter BG control overall. This has been especially important the last few weeks because he's been going through a growth spurt, which pushes his BG up. I've been testing a correcting 2-3 times overnight, which means his BG doesn't get out-of-control before the morning and breakfast. We can simply respond more quicky to BG fluctuations, and correct accordingly.
But, probably the coolest feature ever....I can have him eat a snack in the car on the way somewhere, and give him a bolus with the push of a button, sitting at a red light. Compared to trying to calculate and draw an injection, and have him drop his drawers and inject himself in the car (or in a restaurant or at a friend's house)....well, I just can express how fabulously freeing a pump is.
Before we transitioned to the pump, we were having some pretty considerable "issues" with William resisting testing and injections. It was getting to the point that he resisted every time it was time to test (about five times a day). I think a big part of this resistance was, testing was just the start of a frustrating and uncomfortable process necessary for eating. Now, with the Pod, there's no resistence to testing, because it is the ONLy discomfort involved in eating. Once he's done a BG test, that's IT. No more fussing, no more shots. He can just eat. I think it has relieved a huge burden for him, so he's much more cooperative with the testing aspect.
Okay, after all that, there are just too many fabulous features of pumping, I just can't go into them all right now. Did I mention that a Pod change takes only 5 minutes, is virtually painless when we get the site right, and we only have to do it every three days?
What a relief the OmniPod has been for us. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more input, or if you'd like to get in touch with other families who are pumping.