EASTON, Md.- Caroline Welte, a 14-year-old from Easton is feeling grateful, after learning she’s TidalHealth Regional’s first patient to receive the OmniPod 5 hybrid closed-loop insulin pump.
“I was pretty excited, a little bit surprised,” Caroline said.
Caroline was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was nearly 3. She says the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 is that with Type 1 there is no cure, but there is a treatment. As for Type 2, she essentially says you can get rid of it.
“Type 2 is often when people over work their pancreas and it no longer works properly because it’s pretty much too stressed,” Welte said. “With Type 1, my pancreas does not make any insulin; I have to get insulin out of a bottle and stick it into a device that will feed me essentially the hormone.”
Now, with OmniPod 5, the it could make it easier for her to live with Type 1 Diabetes. This device communicates with the continuous glucose monitor, Dexcom, predicting a patient’s glucose level. “And, from there the OmniPod will look at it and see okay well maybe you’re a little low and it will give me less insulin; or if I’m going high then it will give more insulin,” Welte said.
This is automatic adjustment makes a difference for her. Before, Caroline looked at her blood sugar levels every two hours, did calculations, and gave herself the amount of insulin she needed. “With the Dexcom, I don’t have to do manual checks like these 10 times a day and then with the OmniPod 5 I don’t have to do corrections as much,” Welte said.
And, it isn’t just Caroline feeling the excitement of this new tool, so is her mom Samantha.
“We saw the press release that said its finally been approved for children by the FDA and we said okay we got to get it; how do we get it, what do we do; who do we call?” Samantha Welte said.
Samantha said the OmniPod 5 gives her daughter an extra level of protection, while freeing up some of her worries as a parent. “It’s always been scary; Children with Type 1 diabetes do die in the night when their blood sugar drops, or they’re in a very life-threatening situation when they’re active, or maybe haven’t eaten enough or have taken too much insulin,” Samantha said. .
Caroline added now that the OmniPod 5 has come out she’s hopeful that technology will progress even further down the road to help with diabetes.