I wanted to write a little review of my experience so far looping with the DASH pods! As of now, it is only for advanced users as a part of the dev branch.
Overall, I love it. Mostly because It is incredibly nice to not have to worry about remembering my orangelink anymore. My favorite is at the gym – where I mistakenly left a rileylink on one occasion and an orangelink another…. :)
Not going to lie, I get stressed over builds too. I had my first ever build fail which an awesome T1 buddy helped me work out (thanks Dave). I learned a lot from the experience, I tried again a few days later, not because anything was wrong with my current build but because I just wanted to practice. A few patients I work with also are running dev and a good bit also ran into some build issues. I was actually able to help with some….others, not so much. The people on zullip are amazing and incredibly helpful.
In my ~1 month of use, I’ve had one red loop. I was using a pod that was over a year expired so I honestly think that was the cause. I like the way the therapy settings are laid out on dev (and 2.2.9 too) now. And I really like that if you put in a value that’s outside of typical recommendations, you’ll get either a yellow or red exclamation mark. It looks like they plan to put a support tool for therapy settings too which I’m really interested to see. As of now, its just in as a placeholder. One thing that almost got me in trouble is that the food type absorption times on the main emojis changed. It’s now, lollipop defaults to 30 min, taco still 3, and pizza is now 5. Additionally, you can now only enter carbs 2 hours into the future.
Now, the big question almost everyone I work with has asked is, “Kathryn, are you going to switch to the omnipod 5”?
Short answer is probably not. I’ll of course wear it for at least a month but I’m honestly in love with loop and the amount of customization I have over my management. The awesome thing is, it’s covered through pharmacy benefits so you should be able to get it and if you don’t like it, switch back.
Kathryn received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ave Maria University in Florida and a Master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She is Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the International Sports Science Association.