When it came down to researching insulin pumps, for me, not a lot went into it. (I know that’s terrible, right?) The thing is I had already heard a lot of pros and cons in regards to quite a few pumps on the market right now. The only issue I saw was that I hadn’t actually gotten to “play” with one. I’d never held one or pushed any buttons, or really got to ask questions. So when I started to actually consider being a pumper I just sort of kept in mind what people in the DOC (Diabetes Online Community) had already talked about.
As most of you already know..I chose the OmniPod. In all honesty I hadn’t heard much about it. A lot of people currently use the Medtronic, Animas, or T-slim, which is the one I was most interested in. The T-slim reminded me of an iPod and I figured if I could navigate through one of those then an insulin pump should be a breeze, right?
Earlier in October I participated in my very first JDRF Walk to Cure and there I found T-slim reps as well as OmniPOd reps hovering over potential pumpers and informing them of every in and out their fancy device had to offer. I had already known quite a bit about the T-slim, as I’d previously noted some interest, the rep was even impressed that I already knew how to find the bolus buttons and so on. She gave me some info and then sort of sent me on my way. Then I wandered over to the OmniPod reps, they were friendly and engaging. (I guess the T-slim lady assumed I knew everything about her product so she didn’t really talk much) At the OmniPod table they talked to me about how they themselves were wearing the pods and about how much they just loved the ease and comfort of the newer system.
I chatted with them for awhile, they even helped me fill out the paperwork, and encouraged me that this would completely change my life. SO then I did what most any body would do and I finally delved into a bit more research. What would insulin pumping mean for me and which one would I choose? At the end of the day this was a very big decision. It all came down to what was going to make me feel the most comfortable. and free. Most pumps on the market come with a lot of, for me, bothersome tubing. That instantly made me rethink everything, however, the OmniPod was completely tubeless and still allowed me the necessary tools to tighten and keep control of my diabetes management. That hooked me!
I’ve been MDI for such a long time that I was looking for something that gave me the same freedom that shots did just with a bit more confidence. For me, that just screamed OmniPod. I finally received my package yesterday..
Pump training starts in about a week or so and I am just so thrilled.
I don’t know if OmniPod is right for everyone, but for me, right now, it’s perfect.
Wish me luck! :)