The OmniPod Insulin Pump… What’s the big deal?

So what’s the big deal about the OmniPod insulin pump?? I read a lot of blogs and articles about diabetes and I’ve been seeing a lot of ads for the OmniPod insulin pump, and a lot of people talking about it. Heck, even one of the Jonas brother wears one… The only problem is, it looks VERY bulky. It seems like the OmniPod would just get in the way. But let’s take a look at it anyway.

The Good

So I broke down and took a minute to visit OmniPods website to see what all the fuss is about, and I have to admit, I was pretty impressed. I decided to watch a short video that gave a nice overview of the product. I would recommend doing this for those of you who are not familiar with the new product. One of the first things I noticed is that the OmniPod is waterproof. The site features a lot of pictures of swimmers, athletes, and other adventurrs doing lots of activities while wearing it. There is also no tubing to get caught on the doorknob (yes, this has happened to me). The entire “pump” is contained in a little white “pod” with the drive mechanism that pushes the reservoir. It also has a built-in method of inserting the canula into your skin, which will save you the trouble of having to do this yourself.

The Bad

Although I was very impressed with what I saw, there are still several things that would dissuade me from even considering the OmniPod. The first thing is the fact that it can only hold up to 200 units of insulin. I use a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm pump, which holds 300 units of insulin. I hate changing my site, with all of the tubing and other things to deal with, but luckily I only have to do this every 3 days. With the OmniPod, I’m sure I would be changing it much more frequently.

The next thing is just the sheer size of the device. It really is like some strange alien “pod” has attached itself to your body. The funny thing is, all of the pictures on the website were taken at just the right angle to make it look a lot smaller than it really is. I have bumped my injection sites many times and I know that the more I touch it, the more likely it is to hurt. With the OmniPod it seems almost inevitable that this would happen very quickly with me.

So what’s the consensus?

I personally haven’t used the OmniPod, but it looks like it may be a good option for diabetics that are very active. I would consider using it for short-term periods where I knew I was going to be more active. It seems like it would also do quite well if I was going to be spending a day or two at the beach. Overall, I think I would definitely like to take a closer look at the system and maybe even try it out. And who knows, I may even end up liking it!