1you are a confident women but what are some of the reasons/situations that makes you want to conceal your pump>
I conceal when I wear dresses, which is often . I like "girly girl" looks, even at 58, lol
<2)what are some of your "i wish" moments that you wanted your garment to have when you were frustrated with incorporating the pump into your outfit?
example: have you wished there was a hole on your pocket lining in your pants so you can run the infusion line in your pants through that hole to connect to the pump in your pocket? This way the infusion line will not have to be exposed outside of your pant waist to reach into the pump in your pocket.
sure a little hole would be nice. but I just tuck the tubing into the front or sides of the pants, no biggie
3)Does your job require discretion and concealment of your pump? if so, what field of job do you do?
I am a semi-retired part-time speech pathologist who works with children who have special needs. When I work with brand new kids, depending on their level, I try to initially conceal it. They will eventually see it, but even my most cognitively challenged kids can be educated not to touch it. Part of their social skills training is to learn not to invade others personal space. I have taught 2 year olds not to touch my pump or tubing.
<4) what is your age category? 20+, 30+, 40+ ? I am 58
5) what are some of other diabetes related items that you always personally carry on you?
I always have a glucometer and glucose tabs ( smarties/skittles). I keep them in my purse or in a small fanny back when exercising or biking. May get a spibelt>
anything else? suggestions?
I would love to find a leg holster that stretches big enough for my muscular thighs and/or calves. Never have found one that was big enough. When I wear skirts and dresses, I stick my pump in my bra, which is underwire padded ( yes TMI, lol I know), taking the clip off and putting it in a baby sock and safety pinned in, for tight, slinky tops or fitted bodices can be .Ok in the bra with the clip with regular, looser tops. that is actually where I wear the pump 100% of the time when I have on my well-loved skirts and dresses.
The problem is this: I may or not want to "dig it out" to check the CGM or remote bolus at a formal banquet or around strangers, or in similar situations. I am not particularly discreet about reaching in my bosom to get it around friends or family, they Know what I have to do before I eat.
Yet,sometimes even I, surprise, surprise, follow some decorum about diabetes self-management. About the remote:I cannot get precise enough dosing for unknown foods without the bolus wizard, so though it is discreet, I choose not use the remote because I cannot enter my carbs,, at least with the one I have. Kind of like blind bolussing isn't it? I have only tried the first pump remote two or three times , which I still have. Ditched using it for the reason above. Not precise enough in the settings I need for it to be precise
I may put my pump on the waist band of a skirt or pants, not seen under a business suit jacket, or any longer suit jacket,. Not trying to hide it due to diabetes "embarrassment" with newly met co-workers, associates, etc. I tell them anyway, after I meet them if II am going to be working with them for a while.., I just do not like the "look" of my pump in initial formal or business settings . I wear it exposed almost all the times when I am wearing casual pants or jeans.... However I may or not want to "dig it out" to check the CGM or remote bolus at a formal banquet or the like. I am not particularly discreet about reaching in y bosom to get it around friends or family, they now what I have to do before I eat.. I cannot get precise enough dosing for unknown foods without the bolus wizard, so though it is discreet, I choose not use the remote because I cannot enter my carbs,, at least with the one I have. Kind of like blind bolussing isn't it? I have never tried the first pump remote , which I still have.