This post is short and sweet, because it’s about an extremely easy trick I just learned that actually works and really helps with Omnipod site changes.
I’ve blogged many times about how I suffer from highs when I change my pod. The transition can be a bit rough for the first few hours into a new site, and I’ve tried many strategies to combat this including raising my initial basal rate and bolusing a few units with the old pod before removing it.
Then, my CDE told me about one simple change I could make that seems to be helping with pod site changes: after you fill your new pod up and it’s ready to start priming, lay it down with the side with the adhesive on it facing down. Most of us lay the pod on it’s “back” while its priming, but flipping it over, for whatever reason, seems to get things flowing faster once the pod is on. I’m sure it has something to do with the cannula filling up and being more accurately primed, but whatever the actual mechanism is, it works. I’ve noticed a smoother transition with better blood sugars when I fill the pod this way.
So there you go – there’s your hot tip for Tuesday! Isn’t it nice when it’s really easy to do something to make diabetes easier? Gotta love that.