Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Pump

Over the last several weeks I have learned that i know very little if anything about diabetes. The knowledge gained through pump classes has been tremendous. The work is tremendous. The stress is tremendous. Olivia started on saline on 8/1. Insulin starts Monday. Changing the set has taken us back to when Olivia was first diagnosed: screaming and crying, running away when she knows its time to change, etc. Otherwise I think she thinks its kind of cool. She struts around with it hanging on her shorts and swim suit. Even the tiny Animas seems huge on her little body. Questions: Anybody have any great ways to hold the pump during sports? What about swimming? I am appalled at the cost of these accessories. I'm thinking of a little side business. How can they charge 29.99 for a neoprene Sport Pak for a pump and 12.50 for the same item only it is used for an mp3 player? My mother sewed some simple carriers with belt loops out of scrap materials. One dollar maybe.


Blogger KWeaver said...

Pockets are great. She's a bit young for this, but I have a pocket in each bra.

If grandma is handy, putting a pocket inside a swimsuit would work.

Which set are you using? I hated the comforts, but don't mind the insets at all.


4:30 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

She can be off the pump while swimming. Just check every couple of hours and correct when needed or give enough snack so that you can dose her if she's lower.

Brendon uses a harness that has the pouch on the back which is fantastic for sports. The pump is kept out of the way and the tubing can be tuck under her shirt. He also has the neoprene pouch that goes around his waist.

I believe Minimed sells the bck harness (we use Cozmo, so the pouch can fit any pump), but you may want to try Animas. I get confused between what the two companies offer since we buy the pouches from both. The pump doesn't really show under the shirt if it's worn on the back.

11:38 AM  
Blogger type1dad said...

We are using comforts because the CDE recommended them. The needles are HUGE. Disetronic has a new smaller one but we already have thre months worth of comfort.

Thanks for the input all.


12:20 PM  
Blogger Violet said...

Hello and congrats on your pump transition! Hope Olivia will love it.

None of these sites will help with the cost issue you mention, but maybe some inspiration for sewing ideas for Grandma? Good luck. (this company has some really adorable undershirts for girls)

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Blogger Shannon said...

How is your daughter doing on the pump?

6:16 AM  
Blogger ME said...

Ok, Type1dad. I hope you're looking at other infusion set options for Olivia. Why should you use something just because the CDE recommends it (does she wear a pump and the sets?) I guess I am a bit of a rebel, but I do what I think is best for me, always. I've had Type1 diabetes since 1963, yes, that's 42 years this year. The new shorter Tender-minis offered by Disetronic may be a better solution for your daughter, however I understand the insertion needle is still rather long on those also. Get set samples from the various companies and try different ones.

As far as cases go... shop around, many cellphone cases work well.

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