Wednesday, May 18, 2005

After the fact

I just read Sandra's post about deciding on a pump for her son Joseph. It made me think about all the things that came after I'd made the decision to pump. The little things that I'd never even thought about before I had started using it.

Let me list a few that I've encountered so far:

- Shirts & Pants: I never thought about how clipping the pump onto my pants would actually affect what clothes I bought. Shirts lay funny. Do I buy a big shirt that covers it? Or do I figure out how to tuck the back part of my shirt behind the pump? Do I have to wear a belt all the time? Because when I don't some of my pants didn't have sturdy enough waists to hold the pump up, dragging them down a bit too far.

- People's response to it: Okay, I did think about this before hand. I figured people would see this thing, and see a tube coming out of it and immediately ask questions. Turns out NO person that I've met has asked me what it is. Nope, they all think I'm some big nerd that thinks she's important enough to wear a gigantic pager. At a party a while back, I had a guy grab onto it and say "what's the deal with the pager!?". I was so shocked that someone actually had the nerve to touch it! Don't you know how important this is to me! You can NOT touch that! Oh, wait. You have no idea what this is. I told him and he was really embarrassed.

- Obstacle: People usually know how big their body is. They can determine whether or not they can squeeze through a shelf and, let's say, a shopping cart. Oh! Not anymore! While my body can fit, you can be sure that I'll forget about my pump and end up knocking things off the shelf or getting stuck on the cart. That happened to me again yesterday.

- Dating: Okay, I'm lying again. I thought about this. But I thought in terms of serious, long term relationships. Of course when I get into a serious relationship I will tell my partner all about it! He'll be so wonderful and understanding! But, until that happens, I'll date. Because that apparently comes before the long term relationship. Go figure. So how do I introduce this fact? How do I explain diabetes and my pump? I dated a guy for a short time this fall, and as we started to get intimate one night, I asked him if my insertion site was going to bother him at all, explaining that I will detach the pump. He was fine with it asking only for reassurance that it 'wouldn't fall out or anything'. No no. It won't fall out.

It's such a special little pump. I still like it despite all these faults.


At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Kathleen Weaver said...

I solved a lot of the "hiding" the pump problem. I go to a custom bra shop and have pockets put in for my bra.

However, only the Animas pumps do well with that. The form factor on the Minimed's and the Cozmo's don't lend to that solution at all.

Only time I've had a problem was the day I audiobolused through my shirt in front of my coworkers. I've since learned it's best to take it out of my bra in front of people, instead of doing that.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

I don't think this is an option for you, but on Dr. 90210, a woman with type 1 wanted a boob job and she needed them to be big enough so that her pump would be hidden in her cleavage. She of course wasn't getting the surgery just to hide her pump.

My son's endo has type 1 and is on the pump. I've been tempted to ask where she hides it because I never see any hint of it. I know she wears a lot of skirts and there's a website that sells garters that hold pumps. Look online for pump supplies.

At 7:53 AM, Blogger Tekakwitha said...

Yeah, I don't think I'll be getting a boob job anytime soon... :)

I actually love wearing skirts and do have a garter for my pump. It works well most of the time, unless it's not tight enough.

Thanks for all the tips!

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Sandra Miller said...

It's funny. People ask about Joseph's pump ALL the time. I guess he's just a little too young for folks to assume he's wearing a pager :)

The fact that he's a boy probably gives him a bit of an advantage in the clothing area-- boys nowadays wear their clothes so BIG. His shirts have to be at least two sizes too big if they're gonna be "stylin."

I'm glad that despite the challenges of fitting it into your lifestyle, you still have a fondness for your "special little pump." And it is that, isn't it?

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

This is one of those things that I have never seen addressed very well, and it drives me nuts. My daughter is 7 years old and I have made little pouches for her since day 1, which has been about 5 months of pump wearing. But when she dresses up, having a little fanny pack looking pouch on the outside of her dress looks goofy. So she wears it under her dress. But then she has to hike up her dress to bolus. She was a flower girl recently and it was terrible at dinner time. We moved to a corner and tried to be discreet, but I really don't know what else to do!! I don't want to have to go to the bathroom, but I guess that's about the only other option. Oh well, she doesn't have to dress up very often.

Thanks for being here ladies, I love reading all your posts.

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Violet said...

I have never been a customer of this site, but I notice they just added ADJUSTABLE garters. What a fantastic idea. I might have to pony up the 30 bucks for one of these babies! Pumpwear

I like my pump too. Am composing an ode for our upcoming 100-day anniversary :)

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