It’s Sunday morning, I just got Starbucks with the cousin, and now I’m blogging in bed with the trusty steed, Nico, noodled up against my leg. It’s a good day so far.
Overall, I’m loving the newest version of the Omnipod system. I am still experiencing some weird pod failures, but I experienced pod failures with the old system, too. More recently, the pods have been failing while they are priming. Perhaps I’m not paying enough attention to air bubbles in the syringe. Either way, I think I’ve lost 3 pods total while priming, and another 3 or 4 have just alarmed while they’re on me.
Another thing I’ve noticed, but haven’t ever written about, is how the pod adhesive reacts with my skin. I noticed a small reaction with the old pods, but the formula for the adhesive must have changed slightly with the new pods, because I’m noticing a more pronounced reaction.
After putting on a new pod, I start to notice an itching sensation about an hour after application. The itch is localized to the area covered by the adhesive. Sometimes scratching around the area quells the itch, but often times it doesn’t. It’s not an intense sensation, so I’ve just been trying to ignore it as much as possible.
When I remove the pod, I try to do it as gently as possible. Usually after a hot shower when the adhesive had become water logged. Even when I take a pod off as gingerly as possible, a rash always appears. About 5 minutes after I’ve pealed off the pod, the area becomes red and inflamed. It a combination of itching and pain. I’ve been putting hydrocortisone on it, and it relieves about 80% of the reaction. The bummer is, the rash takes about 4 days to calm down and go away. I never put a pod in the same place two times in a row, but it’s still a bummer.
I know I’m not the only person to experience a reaction to the adhesive, and I know there are some spray-on skin barriers that have been helpful for others. I’m just too lazy to try it at this point. Some people have also suggested using a particular type of alcohol wipe prior to attaching the pod to the skin. The wipes are $20 per pack, and I’ve been feeling very miserly lately.
Check out the photo below of my back. Any suggestions on what I else I could apply after taking each pod off?
Diaper rash creme? Olive oil? Buttercream frosting?