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Appearance of the Insulin Pump

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by houndrock, May 7, 2015.

  1. houndrock

    houndrock Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi everyone!

    Personally, I am not very comfortable of showing I'm wearing an insulin pump in public. Usually, I keep it hidden under my shirt.

    I wanted to see what your experiences are. What do you think of the appearance of your insulin pump? How do you you change its appearance? Or don't you mind at all?

    Cheers! :)
    Dan
     
  2. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I try to hide it at work. Not with great success. There are a few threads on here about how men can conceal a pump in formal office attire.

    I have no doubt that people at work feel it's freaky and weird that I wear the pump and it makes them uncomfortable. I know because they told me so. Some of them did and I suppose for everyone who speaks up there are many more who are polite enough to keep quiet about how they feel.

    Outside of work I don't care, I just wear it on my belt or clipped to my pocket. I wish there were better ways to wrangle the tube and keep it tidy, out of the way.
     
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  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Hi Dan and welcome to the forum :)

    I don't mind one little bit if its on show, a pump (or insulin pen/syringe) is nothing to be ashamed of and without them we wouldn't be alive. that's my opinion although I respect that people do feel uncomfortable with them on show or can't be bothered with people asking what they are.
     
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  4. houndrock

    houndrock Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi!

    Thank you very much guys for your replies! Helps me a lot!

    Cheers!
    Dan
     
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  5. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I show it off if I need to - I'm proud to have it! its generally on my belt or in my pocket and If people ask or diabetes comes up i whip it out and show people.

    Most are very interested and it allows for some education.
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    I don't hide my pump. I put it where it's most convenient for me. It's usually on my belt/waistband and I like that as it's easy to access and I also use it as a clock : D

    People don't notice it as much as I thought they would. If I bolus on it or something, they notice, but a number of people at work hadn't noticed it at all. Usually, if they do, they're interested in finding out more about it. I've never had anyone react negatively.

    I don't use a case for my pump when it's on my belt. I just use the cool little clip that came with it. I think my pump is quite slim and non-medical looking, so it's quite discreet.

    I honestly don't care about people seeing it. I love my pump and I'll continue to wear it as I choose.
     
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    masonbason63 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi houndeock,
    I wear mine loud and proud not ashamed at all I just look at it as I'm exceptionally lucky to have this little wonder.
     
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  8. houndrock

    houndrock Type 1 · Newbie

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    Thank you all for you replies! It helps me so much!
    Dan
     
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    victry77 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I don't mind anyone seeing it whatsoever. I work in a very inclusive environment, so it never in million years be a problem there. Outside of work, no, not bothered to have it out in the open, so to speak :)
     
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    carol anne Type 1 · Member

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    I use a belt made for a pump so it comfy for me I don't give a monkeys what anyone thinks it me that has diabetes and I love my pump but I have never had any bad comments if I did that person would get a lot of bad comments back
     
  11. enamor

    enamor Type 1 · Active Member

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    I thought I'd want to hide it, but after a while wearing it tucked in my underwear, physically I was always aware it was there as I couldn't find anywhere comfortable for it to sit. Now I have different coloured pouches I bought online and wear it quite happily hanging from my trouser loop. If I'm wearing a dress I either strap it to my leg, but again it makes me feel like its there, or I cut a tiny hole in the side stitching and pin it on the outside using a co-coordinating pouch.
    For me comfort over vanity won the day.
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    ImageUploadedByDCUK Forum1432033686.929499.jpg

    Proud to wear mine. No qualms at all.
     
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  13. Jillyp83

    Jillyp83 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I wear mines clipped onto the middle of my bra!! it doesn't bother me showing it I just don't find it comfy on belt or trousers it catches on door handles. I love my little pink pump suits my personality :)
     
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    misswhiplash Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Mine is a little bit different as it is an Omnipod, so no tubes or things to clip on, but I generally wear on my arms, so super visible. People occasionally ask about it, but as far as I know, it doesn't upset anyone... I've only had it for a few months, so I'm still pretty proud of it/happy to show it off :)
     
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    misswhiplash Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    (Also - I currently have a snazzy little cover on it that makes it look like a robot, which I find enormously cheering )
     
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