Question for Women Using The Pump

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belyro
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 10/23/2006 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm considering going on the Pump at some point in the not-too-distant future, and I wanted to ask a question of some women who are using the Pump.  It sounds really stupid....but I want to know how your work it into your outfits.  I'm 28 and I like to wear a cute little strappy dress every now and then....or go to the beach in a bikini....and I feel like I won't be able to do this on the pump.  I'll always need a pocket to put it in, or a waist to clip it to.  I know it sounds so trivial, but this is one of my biggest issues with the Pump.  Currently, even though diabetes is such a big part of my life, it's not really a visible part.  The idea of making it so visible and the idea that it would dictate what I wear and maybe even what I do really scares me.
 
Please don't write me off as being materialistic.....I'm really worried this is going to be a self-esteem issue for me.
 
Can someone please give me some words of wisdom?
 
Thanks.
 
B.

Pin Cushion
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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 442
   Posted 10/24/2006 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Worrying about self-esteem is not being materialistic. Those of us that have medical problems are no different then others that don't have extra things we have to wear/do to lead "normal" lifes. It is a big issue and needs to be concidered. I am not on a pump yet, would like to but my insurance does not cover it, I have researched it alot and as I understand it when you are in shower or swimming taking the pump off for short periods is ok, so you could do that if you were not planning on laying on the beach in a bikini all day. As far as other clothes the pump can be placed in many different areas strapped to arm or even thigh, it does not alwat have to be on your hip. You will just have to make ajustments to keep it hidden.
Hang in there and keep us posted on how you are able to live with the pump. There are lots that read but don't post that could use your failures and well as success's with the pump. It could be a great help to others as well as getting the support you need.
Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Fibromyalgia / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?



* I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*


belyro
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 10/24/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Pin Cushion,

I'm still not convinced I'm going to go on it.  My doctor would like to see me do it, but isn't pressuring me too hard (my bloodsugars aren't that bad).  My husband would also like to see me do it, though, and it's harder to say no to him. 

It's a really tough decision.  I'm hoping some more people weigh in on this question too.  Thanks for your comments!

B.

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