I’ve worn the Dexcom G6 for about 4 months and I can tell you it has been a game changer. I went on the Omnipod pump first due to working at a school and not being able to give myself insulin when I needed to. Unfortunately that also meant I could not check my blood sugar when I needed either. With switching to only Novalog this proved problematic. My blood sugar was going higher and staying higher for longer than I was used to. I was not happy. My A1C was raising. However, once I was able to get started with the G6 I was able to see what my blood sugar was in real time. I had control and it felt great.
Now, here is the thing no one told me. Your blood sugar will still go high. You don’t see your levels during the first two hours after eating without a continuous meter so you don’t know. You bolus correctly, but as you watch your sugar goes higher and higher. You will want to correct it, but don’t! I made that mistake. It ended with my eating a lot of candy to pull myself back up. Wait the 2 hours before correcting.
I still find it incredibly hard not to correct and I catch myself correcting at the hour and half mark. I do find if I correct around this time it does not cause my sugar to drop hard, but I would not recommend this for anyone else.
Along with the Dexcom G6 comes what is called the Clarity app, which is a cool app! You set your time in range and it will give you a percentage of your time in range. I set mine to between 70 and 180. My goal is to be at least 70% in range. Thus far I have almost succeeded. I only have 3 days where I was at 65% in range. It will estimate your A1C and it is very accurate. It also creates charts and other cool things you can forward to your doctor.
So far I love the G6!! My A1C is trending back down and I have control over my blood sugar. The one thing I will recommend is a patch to go over the G6. The G6 does not stay on well. I use grifgrips and they work pretty well.
It’s been three months since I started with Omnipod. I do not regret trying this product, but I am concerned that it is not the right choice for me. My blood sugar has been hot for a long time. I think the main issue is no longer using Tresiba; an amazing long acting insulin.
For those of you who do not understand how using insulin works here is the 411: if you are using injections you take a short acting insulin shot when you eat and once a day you take a long acting insulin. The amount of dose is determined by your doctor. Now if you are on the pump you set a continuous basal rate and then you give yourself a fast acting dose every time you eat. So the only difference is you are on the same type of insulin and you are not a human pin cushion.
Sounds great, right? I think it might be once I get my dosage right. Now that I am on the continuous meter I understand why they want you start first with the continuous meter. I never knew how much my blood sugar fluctuates. However, again, this could be because of the change in prescription. I would be curious to see if I fluctuate this much while on the shots…but at the same time I am loving not being a pin cushion.
I have narrowed down some favorite spots for placing the pods. My absolute favorite is on my legs. I was surprised by this, but is one of the spots that is less obtrusive. My next favorite spot is on my lower back. I am not a fan of placing the pod on my stomach or arm. Do you have a favorite Omnipod placement spot? Let me know!
So, I’m on to week two with the Omnipod pump and, so far, loving it. That being said it does have some draw backs. But let’s start with the positives first. It is super easy to get insulin! I just plug in my blood sugar levels, the carbs I plan to eat and the PDM calculates how much insulin I should get. Once I confirm that I agree with the amount it automatically gives me the medicine. Super easy!
One of the cons I think would be easy to see. It is an object that sticks out from your body and is easy to see. Nothing that can be done about that. This is not to say it is absolutely hideous, but you can definitely see it through clothing.
The other issue I foresee is the insulin being wasted. I have to put a minimum of 85 ML in the pod. Even with my eating carbier I am no where close to using up the insulin. I am to the halfway point (lifespan is 3 days per pod) and I am not even halfway through my insulin. Per the manual I am to throw away any unused insulin in the pod. I am not amused by this. It seems wasteful but I understand. I read in other pumps you can reuse the insulin because it is not pressed up against your body. The pod for Omnipod is stuck to your body for three days. So the insulin is subjected to the temperatures of your body causing it to lose effectiveness. I am contemplating saving a vial to put the unused insulin into. This insulin will be used as a backup just in case it is needed. I am sure there are many cons to this and I am in no way recommending this to anyone else. However, I am someone who hates waste, so I feel better saving the unused pod insulin for emergency situations.
I recommend the Omnipod product so far! I will post any new updates. It has already been a great help. It was wonderful last Friday when I was out with friends to be able to take out my PDM and tell it what I needed for insulin. So much simpler!