OmniPod PDM Test Drive (Continued)
Like its predecessor, the new PDM has a built-in FreeStyle blood glucose meter. However, the new PDM introduces a Test Strip Port Light for whenever you are trying to test in a movie theater or any other low-light conditions. To be totally honest, I don't much use the light because I have three young kids and I can't even remember the last time I went to a movie. But I love that this makes it easier to test in various places. diaTribe columnist Jim Hirsch, whose 8-year-old son uses the OmniPod, reminds me that the new light is great for parents who check their children's blood sugar in the middle of the night - and can now do so without flipping on the light switch.
Okay, these are the best. These PDM covers come in seven colors – green, pink, red, yellow, purple, black, and clear – they cost $15 each, which is definitely worth it. This may seem like a small addition but it really adds to the idea of an incognito medical device. I went with purple, in honor of my alma mater, Amherst College. I would like green next as a stocking stuffer because I'm Irish. Although style is one advantage of the skins, function is another – now I can a-l-w-a-y-s find my PDM in my purse, so quickly! The color really makes it stand out. The skin also provides additional protection for the device if you drop it.
The changes made to the new PDM are predominantly external and help to make me feel like my OmniPod is more of a consumer device (like a phone or camera) and less like a medical device. This is important since my insulin pump is a long-term investment and should blend in with my everyday life as much as possible. I still think that the PDM (and even the insulin pods themselves) can be made less obtrusive and the downloading and use of graphs and reports could be even simpler still. While I love that downloads can give me access to my insulin, meal, and blood glucose data, I cannot honestly say I devote 30 minutes every Sunday looking over graphs from the previous week. I can say, however, that it is going to be easier to show my endocrinologist what has been going on with my diabetes management – I look forward to using her PC to download my charts!
Some ask if it is really worth it having a tubeless pump. I can honestly say I've loved all my pumps (I've worn one for over a decade) and that I'd never be able to go back to a traditional one with tubing. I have found "no tubing" incredibly liberating. But everyone's mileage varies – that is just me! If you're in the market for a pump, type 1 or type 2 patients, check out disposable...
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