We have been using an insulin pump for our daughter for almost 4 years now and have loved every minute of it. The lifestyle the pump affords, in our opinion, (coupled with our Dexcom continuous blood glucose monitoring system) has afforded us the closest to "normal" possible since diagnosis.
That being said, we chose for our first pump the Animas Ping. This was a WONDERFUL first pump and she LOVED it. In fact, now that she is now longer using it, we have to get a display case for it to put in her room! LOL! The ping is small (I have always compared it to carrying a pager) and it comes in different colors so convincing her initially to how cool it was really wasn't too hard because it was PINK! The customer service at Animas was also fantastic!
But as we were nearing the end of our 4-year-warranty on that pump we began to dream about the other pump options out there. We recently attended the Children With Diabetes Friends For Life Conference where they had an Exhibit Hall and all of the medical device companies were in attendance showing off their stuff! It was awesome. We got to hold and play with the stuff and ask questions of the reps all in one place!
And I kept finding my way back to the Omnipod stand. See, when we were initially going on the pump years ago, this was my first choice. But it was a bigger pod back then - seemed pretty big for her little body - and the doctor's office that we currently went to (Read "Finding the Right Doctor") really discouraged that particular pump for several reasons citing the primary reason is that the basal doses did not come small enough. In any event, they convinced me to look elsewhere. After talking with some friends and doing some research, I settled on the Ping (and changed endo offices!) and we were off to the races!
But here we are faced with this new decision. We have seen one pump but time to stick with it and move on. We really loved the Ping and it is a GREAT pump. No problems with it but WOW, the thought of my little girl not being tethered to a pager-sized device 24-7 was really appealing. Now especially since Omnipod finally came out with their new pods and they are, in fact, smaller and lighter! In the face of all of the other great technology out there, going tubeless really had an alluring draw!
My daughter was TOTALLY in love with the idea. The reps at the conference gave us a test pod to try and she wanted to put it on that day and she wore it for a full 3 days and was upset when it fell off. She loved it! I loved it! It was time to make a change!
And Omnipod's company (Insulet) makes it tremendously easy to switch. So, WE SWITCHED! It took a couple of weeks to get the insurance information worked out and everything lined up but...
Check it out! It is like Christmas in July! I don't think we have ever been so excited for a package to arrive! We watched that tracking number for 2 days straight!
There are a lot of things that we love about the Omnipod and I will blog about those another day, in the interest of not making this the longest blog ever written. But just know that we are STILL loving the Omnipod - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! My D-girl is no longer wearing special clothing to hold her pump around her waist. She looks and feels COMFORTABLE! She is HAPPY! And as a mom, that makes me happy :-)
Thanks for reading!