Clothes

The hardest thing I’m learning to live with now is where and how to wear the t:slim. The t:clip case, as I’ve mentioned, is not the best made thing in terms of where the clip is placed, but it is a good protective case. For the most part, my pump stays clipped inside of my pants pocket or waistband. Other times, it’s in the side area of my bra under my arm (which is when I’m super thankful for the slimness of the pump because unlike the other pumps I’ve worn, I can barely feel it there, and it doesn’t look too much like an extra boob).

This summer, I went shopping at my local Belk store to hopefully find some shorts that fit my odd-shaped body. Jean shorts are too thick to adjust the waist in and for the most part, they stick out too far in the back. I also hate having to wear a belt, so those are out of question for me. So, I tend to go towards the Bermuda-length fabric (non-print) style with the no-gap waste band. These, I can wear for weekend and work, so I’m all for.

But the main thing I love about these? They have a decorative “coin” pocket. Nothing much can fit in them unless they’re made to carry a few dollars or a credit/debit card, but it just so happens that my t:slim fits PERFECTLY into this pocket! So I can wear the pump “naked” in the pocket and no one sees a pump clipped to my side.

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The Weekend

weekendThe weekend was pretty rough, with no rhyme or reason to most readings. On the “purple” day (which was actually Saturday, not Friday… my Dexcom had the wrong date when I uploaded it), I woke up with a high BG and simply could not get it down. So, I changed out my cartridge since it had been since Tuesday that I had it in there, and my BG plummeted by 4pm. It’s not been bad since, even through my son’s birthday party yesterday.

I’m constantly tweaking things in the pump as well as around that I do (like no eating-meals/snacks-too-close-together) and watching how the insulin affects me so that I’m not overbolusing/stacking if I do eat a meal then decide to add a bit more on for dessert. I still worry that charging more than once or twice during a cartridge use will cause the pump to heat (thus causing the insulin to go bad). I may be completely wrong, but it’s still something in the back of my mind. I’m going to try giving it one good full charge and see if I can get at least 4 days out of a cartridge (since Novolog is approved in insulin pumps for up to 6 days, that way I can change out my infusion site in the middle of the wear time).

Overall, I’ve been happy with the t:slim again. I’ve still got some things I need to work out, but it’s been a good choice so far.