While "Cutting The Cord" has a nice ring to it, I think perhaps they could also name it "Losing The Leash". Joe switched from the Animas Ping to the Omnipod yesterday.
Originally ... six and a half years ago .... when I chose a pump, I was making that choice for a three year old. I was making that choice for a three year old on very minuscule amounts of insulin. I chose Animas because of the pump's ability to give basal insulin in 0.025u/hour increments. I also recall there was some IOB issue with the Omnipod at that point, as in ... it.didn't.keep.track.of.it. We have been happy with the Animas Ping: great customer service, minimal site loss, minuscule amounts of insulin delivery. What I did not love about Animas was how Joe almost off-ed himself on accident, by inserting a full cartridge that was connected to his body into the pump with fully advanced piston, while he was at school...not the pump's fault at all...user error, but still scary. We also had some "loss of prime" issues, which actually led to the previously mentioned almost off-ing himself issue. Joe was trying to fix the pump issue at school and did not want to embarrass himself by disconnecting the tubing from the site, which was inserted in his butt cheek. All-in-all though, we have been loyal Animas users. Joe wants to try out life without a fanny pack strapped around his waist. Joe wants to try a life without bulky plastic-y devices shoved in his pant pockets. I understand.
So...here we are...here I was yesterday...pre-programming the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) for our pump start.
With the Omnipod, the basal increments are in 0.05 u/hour. So, I currently have like 15 basal rates going (yes...head is hung down in shame). There are two areas in Joe's day where his basal rates were at 0.075 u/hour and at 0.125u/hour. I was not comfortable just cranking him up or down by 20 to 33% of his current rates. I decided to do the back~and~forth basal thing for those increments in time (i.e. 9am - 0.15u/hour, 10am - 0.1u/hour, 11am 0.15u/hour).
Joe has never inserted a pump site on his own during his history with diabetes and pumps. Yesterday, during his pump start, he did it. He drew up the insulin. He filled the POD. He cleansed the site area. He adhered the POD to his body. He pressed the button on the PDM to "insert". We hugged...yet another "first".
After the pump insertion, Joe went back to the lobby of the clinic. There are computers out there. The Rep and I continued to go over pump questions. As I was scrolling through the "temp basal" section of the Omnipod, I asked why it only went up to a 95% increase in basal. I was explaining that I would crank Joe's basal up by 125% on the Animas Ping for road trips. I wanted to show her what the temp basal program looked like on the Animas Ping... I then realized that we had just sent Joe to the clinic lobby hooked to two pumps! His Ping AND the POD! Oy!! I ran out and had Joe remove the Animas pump and his Tallygear belt. He smiled and simply stated "Freedom".
Back to the temp basal...so I showed the Omnipod Rep the Animas pump's temp basal program. She stated the POD could not go over a 95% increase. I'll figure that out with bolusing or making a new basal program for travel days.
Now that Joe is "free", he is requesting a break from Dexcom. He doesn't want to be tied down by carrying the receiver. I have been quite liberal with Dexcom "breaks". I told him that I preferred he wears it, but he doesn't have to wear/carry the receiver all the time. He's been tied down to equipment for 70% of his life. He is respectfully asking for a little break. I get it.
A day-in-the-life of loosing the visible leash...the invisible leash remains, DIABETES.