Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 11, 2005
Question from Edison New Jersey, USA:
What is your opinion of the OmniPod for use by a five year old boy diagnosed almost an year ago? He is now on injections, with his latest A1c 6.2. I would be interested in getting one before he goes to school. Can a school nurse be trained to program the device? Is it safe enough for use in little kids?
I have not yet had experience with the OmniPod but have theoretical reservations about its use in younger children for two reasons. One is the size of the device. It’s 1.6 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches (so, not tiny, despite the picture on the web site that makes it look about the size of a cherry!). The second reservation I have is that it requires that a child keep track of a PDA like device for programming the OmniPod.
That said, I have yet to see the device in person and would be happy to be proven wrong! As always, I would like to emphasize the importance of understanding carbohydrate counting and corrective doses before going onto basal/bolus therapy no matter how delivered.