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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Omnipod! Omnipod! Omnipod!

Did I say Omnipod?!

After a year and a half of longing, I am finally using the Omnipod!

Different from most pumps in its tubeless insulin delivery, I am able to completely forget it's there! I feel, for the first time since my diagnosis, that I'm not a diabetic.

I usually prefer to wear it on my lower back, on my love handle. As I progress in my training, I'm losing a lot of fat, which makes it difficult to find adequate placement sites. No worries, though, as I have lovely ladyfat still, and the pod is happily placed there.

The pod!

My stomach is my least favorite place so far, as I've noticed it seems a little more vulnerable to tearing off. Funny story behind that discovery: In a port-a-potty on a recent outdoor climbing trip, I was in such a hurry to get the heck out, that I very nearly ripped my pod off my stomach by pulling up my pants so fast. Oops!

Other than that, my pods haven't given me any trouble. In fact, I am absolutely in love with the system. Most especially, my blood sugar is easier to control, and I'm mostly within target range for the first time ever!

Wearing the Omnipod is very simply, the best thing I've ever done for my blood sugar.

I've also been doing a lot of outdoor climbing trips, checking out Carderock, MD, Great Falls, VA, and Sugarloaf Mountain. My favorite climbs so far are over on the VA side of Great Falls, mostly located in the section, "Aid Box."

Climbing outside allows me to really challenge myself with problem-solving for a dynamically demanding experience. I feel that I'm thinking just as hard as I am working physically, which makes for a truly satisfying experience.

The boyfriend, about to leap into Mather Gorge, Great Falls, VA.

Next time, I'll be posting more pics from climbing outside, and hopefully, lots of more good news about happy blood sugars!


Ashley said...

Congratulations on your new toy!

Sounds like it works well for you. It doesn't bother you that the pods are so big?

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