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[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V10 #829

I have a Paradigm (Minimed) pump.  I does not "ignore" the IOB.   Rather, it 
takes into consideration how much insulin is on board and does so  quite well. 
 Mine is a 522.  Maxine
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insulin-pumpers-digest     Sunday, March 30  2008     Volume 10 : Number 829

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Re: [IP] Secrets of the Animas  2020
[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V10 #828
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Re: [IP] Cigna Approval for CGMS
Re: [IP] Very Disturbing News Coverage
[IP] 45 Day eval of  OmniPod
Re: [IP] 45 Day eval of OmniPod
Re: [IP] Very Disturbing News  Coverage
Re: [IP] Good editorial column in local newspaper
Re: [IP] 45  Day eval of OmniPod
Re: [IP] 45 Day eval of  OmniPod


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Date:  Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:31:32 -0400
From: "John Connors"  <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] 45 Day eval of OmniPod

So my  pump expires on April 17th of this year and I have been going back and 
forth with regards to Animas and Omnipod.  I have had an Animas 1250  for the 
past 4 years and have no complaints with it. I was emotionally  attached to 
this pump which makes my decision even harder.  I decided  since Insulet 
offers a 45 day trial, I would give it a shot and try it  out.

I received the Omnipod on Friday and got right to work  transferring all my 
settings from the Animas to the Omnipod.  First  thing I noticed was that the 
Basal rates can only be entered into 0.50  increments.  Not a good thing for 
me as I am very sensitive to basal  delivery and most of my basal settings 
are in the .025 settings. The  second thing is upon setting up my first Pod 
and placing it on my Arm and  hitting go, I figure Okay no errors on the PDM 
so all is good right?  Checked my BG 2 hrs later and it was over 300... 
Couldn't find any  problems with errors and the PDM told me everything was  

Removed the POD and noticed the Cannula was full of  blood, one would think 
this would cause an inclusion alarm... Tossed the  Pod in the trash $26.00 
along with 200 Units of Insulin in the barrel ,  setup a new Pod, this time 
on my lower back waited 2hrs and checked BG  again and finally back to 

I attempted to extract  the insulin out of the Pod but it only got 1/2 of 
what I put in and lots  and lots of air bubbles.  This is a big drawback to 
the Pods if one  should go bad, thowing Insulin away is as precious as the 
pump  itself.

I noticed also, it doesn't let you change the basal  rates once they are 
programmed into the Pod, you can set temp basals but  you cannot edit the 
current Basal program. The syringes they use to fill  the Pod get lots of air 
bubbles, not sure why but with the Animas I rarely  got any bubbles in the 

You can't find out how much  Insulin you have left, it only tells you that it 
is > than 50 units.  Weird...... You think it would check the status of the 
Pod and report back  the amount left in the resourvore.

The Bolus takes forever to  deliver, I gave a 3.3 unit bolus a short while 
ago and it took 2.30  minutes to administer... Very slow...

I have yet to find the  IOB and or BOB feature as friendly as the Animas. The 
calculations are  also different than that of the Animas.  Typically I have 
the same  thing every Sunday AM., An egg and cheese english muffin... 35 
carbs with  a small glass of milk.  My BG was 71 so the Bolus I was to take 
per  the PDM was 30.  I do as the PDM recommended, checked my BG 2 hrs later  
and wham... BG is 290.

What I like...

The  idea of not having tubing, def a plus with young children and lots of 
door  knobs in the house, the freedom to have more places for the infusion 
site.  the integrated BG meter, graphs and trends of Basals, Boluses and  

Perhaps it will take some getting used to and in  fairness to Insulet , I 
will give it a month to see if it works out, so  far after 24hrs, I have to 
say my Animas was much more easy to use and  allowed many more options in 
terms of Basaling, Bolusing etc.. I think  Insulet needs to add more 
functionality to the PDM including the ability  to download more than 4 days 
worth of data.  Time will tell and I  shall report back with updates.


Dx 1972
Type 1  
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