Category Archives: PDM

OmniPod and PDM=Failure

Usually, if my pod is on my hip I try to restrain from doing any exercises that requires me to lay on my hip. I decided to test my Pod. I did the side leg lefts and a few other exercises. When the class ended, I touched my pod and it was still intact. I was stoked. I made it through class without the pod falling off. After all, I was told the Omnipod is durable and should stay on during exercises.

On my way home I felt a burning sensation, I knew something wasn’t right. I checked my bg, 79. Yes! Good to go. I bolused for dinner. I ate dinner. I was about to jump in the shower. I noticed the adhesive to the Pod was coming up. I tried fixing the adhesive, I couldn’t get it to lay down–that’s odd.. in between the adhesive I noticed the cannula came out. WTH?!? No alarm!!! I grabbed the Omnipod manual. I went to chapter 10 of the manual, no mention of an alarm for the cannula/pod.

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I called Insulet. I spoke to a very nice CSR. I told her the situation. She said it’s odd the PDM or the POD didn’t alarm. I asked if the POD/PDM should alarm. She said she knows it alarms for an occlussion. I told her it was odd it didn’t alarm when the cannula came out. Plus, there isn’t any mention of an alarm for the cannula in the manual. What if I didn’t take a shower?!? I wouldn’t have noticed it. She said she was sorry, didn’t understand why the Pod/PDM didn’t alarm. she would send me out another Pod. She asked, “The site you put your pod–is it muscle, lean or fat.” I busted out laughing. What does that have to do with the Pod/PDM not alarming?!? She said she has to ask the questions. I told her not to worry about sending me another Pod. I had to change my Pod tonight. I told her thank you. The call ended.

Do you use Omnipod System or Traditional Pump. Does your PDM or Pump alarm when your infusion set disconnect’s?

Ps- I really LOVE my pod. I just think it should alarm if it disconnects.

Be Blessed

Cherise

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Pod alarm…

I don’t have a lot of issues with the Omnipod, when I do they always seem to happen at the worst time.   I was at dinner with my Niya.  I heard Peep, Peep and Peep. I thought the peeping was coming from the kitchen, since we were sitting close to it.    When I walked outside the resturant door, the peeping sound was a lot louder.  I hoped in my car, pulled out the PDM(btw, the color screen is awesome), it read occlusion. Hum, I was a little upset.  The Pod was on my body for a little over 24 hours– the PDM deactivated the Pod.  I drove home.

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The first thing I did was call Insulet.

Me: “Hello! I am calling Per PDM, my Pod has an occlusion.”

CSR: “Ok, let me start by getting your name.”

Me:  “My name is Cherise.  I live in ……”

CSR: “OK, what’s going on?”

Me:  “I had my Pod on for a over 24 hours and it’s alarming! It says it has an occlusion.”

CSR: “Ok, Did you pinch the skin when you applied the POD?”

Me: “Yes.”

CSR: “Did you check for occlusions?”

Me: “Um, I just started using insulin in Jan 2008.  I don’t think I have any skin tissue built up any where.”

CSR: “Well, you wouldn’t be able to see the skin tissue, it’s not laying on top of the skin. Do you alternate site?”

Me: “Ok, I am a little upset. Why do I have to answer the same questions everytime I call?  I am not upset with you, just a little frustrated. Yes, I alternate site.  I use my butt, back, arms, inner and outter thighs ”

CSR: “I am sorry but I have to ask you these questions.  If they see the questions weren’t answered and I send you out a new Pod, I could be terminated. ”

Me: “I understand.  Wouldn’t you feel the same way?”

CSR: “Yes, I would.”

Me: ” I am not mad at you, just upset. ”

CSR: “I am going to send you a new Pod.  Do you want me to send it now or with your next shipment?”

Me: “I would have to wait another 3 months, please send it now.”

CSR: “Thank you! Have a nice night.”

I am sorry, I didn’t mean to go off on the lady but the last thing I want is someone giving me the third degree about replacing a Pod. Look in your records…I haven’t I called about this before?  I have other things to worry about…hint: diabetes

 

Be Blessed

Cherise


SHOW ME SOME SKIN, YEPPIE!

Show Me Some SKIN

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When I came home from work (Monday), there was a package from Insulet at the door.  I walked in the house and placed it on the table.   I put Niya to bed, washed dishes and I opened up the package.  OMG! I have a white/clear skin for my new PDM! I am SOOO happy! The PDM is nice without it but I like to have a little bit of extra cushion for my new buddy. 

PDM and SKIN

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The only thing I don’t like about the Skin… won’t fit in the carrying case that came with the new PDM

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The Skin doesn’t interfer with the Strip going into the PDM, that’s a plus!

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Great Job Insulet, I’m lovin’ the upgrades. 

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Hum, I wonder what’s next…Finger’s Crossed for a CGM integration?  

Be Blessed

Cherise


Inquiring Minds want to know….Skin or No Skin

 

 

 

The word on around the diabetic community is The NEW PDM WILL HAVE SKIN’s. I don’t like to believe the gossip (scuttlebutt) going around the community. So,  I decided to call Insulet.  I spoke to a lovely customer service rep.  She was very patient with me and answered my questions to the best of her ability.

1. Will my new order of pod’s include the PDM?

Response:  “I’m sorry but they aren’t ready to be shipped.” 

2.  Will the PDM come with a Skin?

Response:  “The new PDM will have a skin’s.  I think the it will ship with a clear skin.”

3. Will there be other color’s?

Response: ” There will be other colors available, not sure when”

I read a post on the message board of the Omnipod GroupTuDiabetes.  In the post a fellow Podder wrote, “The new PDM will have skins”  he uploaded a few pic’s (see below) of the new PDM with skins. I am a HUGE fan of the Omnipod.  I love everything about it. I would really LOVE my PDM if it had a little style. 

Exhibit A

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Exhibit B

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Be Blessed

Cherise


April Showers, May Flowers, June PDM

I am “patiently” waiting the arrival of the New/improved PDM for the Omnipod Insulin Deliver System.  I pre-orderedthe PDM the begining of the May.  Days are going by slow, the time is moving slowly and the month is dragging.   My next shipment of Pods are due to ship on June 3; hope the New PDM comes along with it.

  Am I acting acting like a spoiled brat?  Yes, guess what “I DON’T CARE”. 

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On a dry note: Check out what other Podders are saying about the PDM at TuDiabetes and Diabetesmine.

Have you received the New PDM? If so, what do you think?

Be Blessed

Cherise


1 Year Podding….

 

My first day Podding

 

 

May 14, 2008 (my first blog as a podder)-

I am a Pod wearer! The site shown above is my stomach (first Pod site). So far so good! I am still a little confused on a few things but I’ll figure them out as I go along. I can swim, bike ride and whatever else I want

My NP was really helpful. The hardest thing for me to do was tell the PDA to insert the cannula; the fear if the unknown. YIPPEE, It was pretty much pain free. I was amazed, it did not hurt. MDI’s (multiple daily injections) hurt at times, I really disliked injecting myself 4 times a day. I can eat and sleep w/o worrying about a shot.

I am a little stuck on stupid when it comes to the basal settings; I’ll learn more the longer I use the Pod. I have to get use to the PDA thinking for me, not to over think everything. I am going to have a list of questions prepared for my next appointment.

I told my NP how nervous and excited I am about using the Pod. He reassured me I would get it down pat. I know I will get frustrated, I will hang in there. I know I made the right choice for myself .

THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, NO MORE INJECTIONS!!!

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The Present Day-I do not miss 4-5 MDI’s or the yo-yo bg’s.   I do enjoy the Omnipod.  I love the wireless feature.  I just love the darn thing.    I’ve had a few issues with the Omnipod system, not the pods but with the PDM.   The PDM reset itself at the airport and wouldn’t allow me to bolus before a meal.  I honestly don’t have too many complaints. 

I know there are a lot of people who dislike the Omnipod— for every person you find who dislikes the pod you’ll find 10 more people who love it.  There are a lot of flaws, in time those flaws will be fixed.

Knowing what I know now, I still would’ve picked the Omnipod.  Overall, I am thankful for the Omnipod.  I wouldn’t change Podding for anything; besides a new pancreas.  I LOVE IT!  I would recommend it to anyone. 

 

Be Blessed

Cherise

One Happy Podder


I ordered mine. I’m broke.

Monday, I woke up to my alarm going off at 4:45 am, usually time. I hit the snooze button on the alarm clock, turned over, went back to sleep.  I woke up to the sound of the alarm on my iPhone going off. I hit the snooze button on it., rolled over and went back to sleep. I finally woke, looked at the calendar on the iphone.  Time to call Insulet, need to order my new PDM.  I scheduled the alarm on the calendar to go off at 7 am (PST). 

 

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I was a overly excited. I called Insulet at 5:15 (PST), I wasn’t sure what time Insulet opened. They didn’t open until 8:30 am.  I was a little disappointed:( I wanted to order my PDM and I do not want to wait.  I jumped in the shower, combed my hair and ironed my clothes. I called Omnipod at 8:30 am (EST); 5:30 am (PST).  I let the CSR rep know I wanted to order the new PDM.

CSR Rep: “Hello! are you a new or are you already in service with us?”

Me: “I am already on service with you.  I am calling to order the new PDM for the Omnipod system.”

CSR: “What state do you live in?”

Me: “California”

CSR: “Please hold, let me get you to the correct dept”

CSR rep 2: “How are you doing today?”

Me:  “I am doing GREAT! I would like to know if the new PDM is available? if so, I would like to order it”

CSR 2: “What’s your name?”

Me: Cherise S.

I verified my address and DOB.

CSR 2: “It doesn’t look like you are eligible for a free upgrade. Your not in the 45 day window”

Me: “I know–I am not eligible for the upgrade, I’ve been Podding for almost a year.”

I told her I didn’t care about paying OOP for the PDM. I gave her my CC info, verified my address and now I am $147 and some change broke.  I don’t care either. I’m excited. I can’t wait to see the colored screen.  The only thing I have a small issue with is waiting until the middle of June; I’ll get over it. 

I can’t wait, Christmas in June.

Amy T (diabetesmine) has  the PDM specific’s on her blog. Make sure you go check it out.

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  Be Blessed

Cherise