Blog Entries With Tag: Omnipod


Posted: Jun 14, 2013
Artwork from bunbunlandia on WordPress dated March 10, 2012                                   

For those of you wondering about my little SCREAM on Facebook earlier today - about removing an infusion set (Contact Detach) - from my arm - that could be a potential gusher (in my eyes I was thinking more of a geyser) according to some of my D-mates 3 days before and how I faired.  Well, here's the LONG low down (and this is aimed at some of the commentors saying that they'd never done an arm infusion site before - it can be done - even by yourself).  


The reason I had written this - was my tubing the next day after putting the infusion set in (my 2nd arm installation - yes - I'm no longer a virgin) - had a very very weak pinkish tinge to it - though I couldn't tell if it was inside (from rubbing on a red top - which I hadn't) or from a broken blood vessel when putting the set in.  The funny thing is - it was not at the infusion site where the needle was inserted - but further past where the detachment area is on the tubing (managed to luck in on finding a 31" tubing from the Comfort sets I used to use in the beginning).  The longer tubing is much better so I can also clip the pump onto my usual waistband of my pants - before that - it was impossible unless I had no long neck/torso.  Having that extra 10" really makes a difference (oh this sounds like a Long John Silver movie).  And yes, for those dudes out there - who asked the question - where does the pump go - check my previous blog.

Many comments on my post at the Facebook group page of Insulin Pumpers gave varied responses to my plea of "help"!  Due to being self taught on the insulin pump - and not having an endo or diabetes team I can go to for help - in person - I've had to be my own human guinea pig in many things I do - of course - along with the bible from John Walsh - Pumping Insulin (5th edition was released last year) and various other books I've recommended over the years here at Diabetes1.org.

Just a joke but Duck tape is VERY handy

So, here I was prepared - armed with my medical kit - pads & tape to soak up this potential pouring of blood when I remove my infusion set.  I actually thought I was having a low blood sugar at the time, except I wasn't.  I thought I should pop one of my Ativan aka "happy pills" I was given earlier in the year by my GP when I went away on my 2 week sailing holiday - but resisted the urge due to my fear  of becoming dependent on them (insulin is ENOUGH thank you very much).  My GP was a smart cookie - as she only gave me 20 - and I still have 9 left six months later.

I gently pulled out the infusion set - all set to put the padding/tape in place - prior to hitting the floor - NOTHING ... I mean .... NOTHING - all I see is a little teeny tiny hole where the infusion needle was inserted - that's it! Phew!  At that point I knew thare was higher life above us - that is looking down  - knowing that I didn't need any drama in my life (hmmm, what's this blog all about??). 

Today, for my third try at an arm infusion site - I've decided to use the mini-wanna-be Omnipod (humour me John as the wanna-be-Princess) - aka Inset II.  The tubing is turned the right way - and as usual - pump is sitting in it's normal happy place (BTW, it gets REALLY warm there).  Sadly, the tubing on the Inset II I use (I've got 2 more boxes before I can reorder longer tubing of 43") - isn't as long.  I liked having the option of wearing in either places the last 3 days.

And yes, to some of those on Facebook who asked the question about absorption of insulin being better or worse in the arm, than my usual stomach, legs, lower back sites - I'm wondering if it's better - due to never having been used for infusion sets that stay in place for 3 days.  I did find I had a few interesting low's with this past infusion set - that aren't quite explainable - except at the time I thought perhaps it was due to hitting blood vessel.  It could be due weather - since I tend to use less insulin when it's humid AND warm.  It also could be due to the fact the set was in part of my muscular part of my arm - which can cause faster absorption of insulin.   Lots of scenarios here as to "why".
Back of arm for latest infusion site
Luckily, the latest infusion set is now in the back area of my arm that you see above - in the fatty portion of my arm - not up front in the more muscular area that I had just removed.  I just know I'm sensitive to insulin (I use less insulin than a person of my weight should use according to books I've read) - so wondering if I've become more sensitive.  Questions, questions, questions.  Who knows - but in the meantime I'm back to keeping a written log during this arm infusion test and see if perhaps I have to make some changes on my programming (either basal / I:C / ISF).  One step at a time of course - starting with basal testing first if my blood sugars (BG's) continue wonky.  Otherwise, things get even more complicated with too many scenarios that can overwhelm what you are trying to accomplish.

I am a contented cat

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Posted: Mar 22, 2012

I met up the other night with a T1D who has had diabetes as long as I have.  She had contacted me through Tudiabetes (and I found out she follows me in Twitter as well).  She wanted information on insulin pumping (she’s still on the wall about being hooked up to a “machine”) and had come to Tudiabetes to find out more and found me there.  I don’t blame her with feeling this way, about going onto a pump, since I was the same when my friend Harold had kept on egging me into trying out a pump, despite my having good results with MDI (Multiple Dosage Injections).  So, I told her to take the plunge, just for the experimental bit (she's got really good work coverage for the pump - that it makes me envious of her).  We’ll see what happens, as it is difficult to break out of your comfort zone after so many years of being MDI (for myself – it was 41 years of MDI – before going onto the pump.  I had never intended to purchase - I was pretty adamant about not being wired up to a pump (and as I told her - now in Canada we have the Omnipod which is a tubeless pump).

What was so amazing is that I have this feeling that folks that have been on the juice of life (aka insulin) for so long - somehow age gracefully.  She looked like she was in her 30's (she had a laugh at this but I’m not lying!!). One thing she taught me, which was new to me, I didn't realise that gastroparesis was part of the neuropathy problem related to diabetes!  She's on the a “semi-Dr. Bernstein diet” - but due to some of the foods you are supposed to eat with his way of eating - they don't sit well with her gastro - but she does try to eat no more than 100 grams of carbohydrates a day. 

The other great thing she showed me was that she is now using the Freestyle InsuLinx blood meter .... that I'd blogged about last year.  There's a few things about it that she doesn't like - and technical support seems abit iffy (it's still new here in North America and even I had trouble getting my questions answered when I was doing research on it for my blog).  I personally found the screen difficult to read when she was showing it to me - and Joan from Cornwall in my blog I wrote - had said the same thing - so hopefully that will be changed over time (e.g. make the screen similar to my Animas pump screen).  Still, it's a great device to use to keep track of your insulin coverage, blood sugars, similar to what a pump does, without the expense OR tubing.

I can’t wait to meet up with her again since I rarely get to meet up with T1D’s in person – especially here in Montreal (remember – T1D’s are only 10% according to word of mouth – as I can’t seem to find any concise statistics – even at WHO website or  NDIC).  

Oh, and because of the way she looks - I today used Equal in my coffee (yes - the chemical stuff that I have for so many years refused to use).  She was quite surprised that I used sugar in my coffee when I met up because she thought I was a good diabetic.  Good?  Moi.  Never - I live on the edge .... in my mind!

So, I’m on a high today (not in the BG (blood sugar) area – woke up to 4.6 mmol/l – 83 mg/dl) after meeting up with my new friend here in Montreal (hoping I did not scare her off with my overzealous ways)!!!

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Posted: Apr 1, 2011

Yesterday I had the car (yes – my diesel Smart has new engine and is working 100% - major test run will be done this weekend on trip to Ottawa).  I try to only use the car once a week plus  it’s a break from working at home where I have no human contact, except for my cats Mia (the black Burmese lioness now has a name) and Zorro (who got bashed up this week – I am vowing that he no longer go outside!).

My first stop off was a well deserved hair cut since I’d not had one since November.  I was beginning to look and feel like a cave woman.   When I was paying for it, I chatted with the receptionist who was cooking away with a bag on her head to restore the blonde to her hair.  She was telling me how her hair went prematurely grey at a young age, and how easy it was to be a blonde when you went that way (she had black hair originally).  I was commenting to her how grey only seemed to be coming out on the sides of my hair and that I was looking forward to one day going platinum.  She said “You’re too young to be thinking that way!”  I told her of my upcoming half a century birthday and she was taken aback by that.  She actually thought I was in my 30’s and she made me laugh.  I told her that I was a diabetic for most of those years and that I had a feeling that insulin was perhaps what preserved my youthfulness.  Low and behold, she told me that one of their hairdressers is also a diabetic, and had the “youthfulness” that I did (they all think she looked 12 years old).  Well, they weren’t far off; this cute little petite woman with a pixie cut came out of the back of the salon with such a glow to her.  I’d seen her (Celine) over the past 15 years and never knew she was a diabetic of 40 years!  The conversation went onto insulin being a youth rejuvenator, and then we got talking about my insulin pump (she’d seen one much bigger many years ago and was amazed at the size of my Animas 2020).  I showed her how I was connected to the pump with my infusion set and even better, I’ll be keeping her informed of when the Omnipod finally makes it grand entrance into Canada.  She is more interested in that type of tubeless pump then the one I was wearing.

So, after a brief chat, I walked back to my car to start another journey to my next destination with a smile on my face, thinking life is good (and this is coming from a gal that is fighting depression for the past month – I’m getting better – just taking time to work through life’s little ups/downs).

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Posted: Mar 2, 2011
Exciting news for Canadians was released today about Omnipod a tubeless-pump.  I'm abit excited about this - as it gives Canadian diabetics who currently use pumps with tubing to also try a "pump" that has no tubing (that can get caught around door knobs ). Some of my American diabetic friends have told me that this pumping system is cheaper then purchasing a regular insulin pump.  I am very curious to see what Canadians will be charged for the pump, as pump users here in Canada do pay abit more for their supplies then their American counterparts (despite our dollar being almost at par).  That will be the big selling point for myself if I decide to switch over to a tubeless-pump once my Animas warranty ends next year. Though my one little beef about the Omnipod is the amount of battery waste with the remote and pods / discarded pods made of plastic.

I'd already written about  the Solo pump a few years ago in the forums here at Diabetes1.org- which is another tubeless-pump to be manufactured by Roche  (and more sleek then Omnipod as well as the user has the ability to refill the insulin cartridge which you can't do at present with the Omnipod). I had received a dummy sample of it a few years ago - but it's still not on the market - due to corporate restructuring I believe.   Perhaps with the Omnipod being allowed into Canada now - there will also be less of a wait time for any other tubeless-pump on the market.

You can check out the news release at this link - there is a Canadian website link shown in that article - but it's not up and running yet (tried it out - went to no where land) - according to the article - launch of the Omnipod will be sometime in mid-March.

Anticipation ....



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