Exactly 9 days ago I started the OmniPod insulin pump by Ypsomed. Yay!
After school a representative came to my house and bought a whole load of experience and advice. We started by running through a checklist to make sure that I wasn’t going to suddenly have a massive insulin overdose. After un boxing the PDM and a shiny, new, white box it was time to pick a site. Oh, decisions, decisions. I didn’t know where to go. My mother suggested my arm so that’s where I went. A quick flick and ping, in went the little blue canula.
I had immense fun the rest of that day just with the thought of being able to avoid those nasty little pens and needles.
Then I went to bed. And my, that’s when the real fun started. Up and down like a yo-yo every two hours. It felt like torture. My little white friend was as good as can be and kept plugging along. The fist night I had immaculate levels with only one hypo. The next night was a different story. The lantus had worn off and I was sky high. Forget cloud 9 I was miles above that; think more along the lines of cloud 100000000000000000! Then the next day I had maths last period. That was a challenge.
Finally it was the summer holidays and I could relax and lie in. I already felt so much better. I thnk after a couple of nights the disturbed sleep became routine and I was (am) coping very well indeed.
Shortly after my cousin came to stay. (Lets call him P.) And that was when the OmniPod gave me a freedom that I had forgotten existed since the summer last year. We went to the swimming pool and I didn’t have to stuff my face with carbs just to keep up. A simple basal rate made sure my levels were consistent. Ice cream at McDonalds took seconds as opposed to painful minutes. One quick click and my little, white friend was ticking away. Being with two other teenage non-T1Ds used to make me feel different and slow. The OmniPod, however, kept up superbly. I was ready for dinner with them and didn’t have to miss out on a single minute of fun due to exercise because I had done anything more than walk 6 steps….
I find Pod changes quick and simple and I already have my own knack for getting the insulin out of the adorable vials. It self primed and then was stuck on like super glue for 3 days.
I have only had 1 problem so far. I spent a day in the garden going in and out of our paddling pool and along with exercise this particular Pod did come loose and I did have to change it. I admit that this was my fault and is by no means a problem with the pump itself.
In the future I am going to get some very groovy GrifGrips to make sure that during active days the Pod stays firmly attached.
Courtesy of grifgrips.com
I did also buy some PumpPeelz to make my PDM look funky and so far I couldn’t be more pleased with them! I just wish PumpPeelz had a shipping depot in the UK!
Courtesy of pumppeelz.com
Overall i would (so far, I have only had it 9 days after all) fully, 100% recommend the OmniPod to anyone. At first waking up every two hours seems like hell but over time and in the long run tighter control and more freedom are so definitely worth it!