Over the weekend, we took a video of Emerson’s pod change (see video below). We created the video for a few reasons. When Emerson first started podding she was a bit apprehensive of pod changes. We think this was mostly due to an audible “click” that occurs during the automatic insertion with the OmniPod. In addition, the insertions can be temporarily painful depending on if the cannula contacts a nerve when entering. This also likely contributed to the worry early on until she realized any discomfort was the exception and is generally short-lived. Helping us get to that point was a video of Caleb that shows him happily going through the pod change process. Watching this video during our own pod changes for awhile helped us quickly get to where Emerson has no anxiety whatsoever. So we wanted to do the same in the hopes that it can also be helpful to other T1Ds, especially any other princesses out there that would benefit by seeing another young girl get through the experience unaffected.
We also wanted to give anyone thinking about becoming a pumper and considering going with OmniPod an idea of the process – particularly how quick and easy it becomes after a few instances. Finally, for those using other pumps, we thought this might be helpful to make comparisons between site changes. I know we sometimes wonder how things are done with other pumps and figured others are curious as well.
Hope this is valuable and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any question for us.