Pump pouches and pockets

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2011-08-23 11:45:51 -0500
Started 2011-08-20 17:21:30 -0500

I just started using an insulin pump on Tuesday and am already beginning to think of ways to add pouches or pockets to my clothing to make wearing it easier and less obvious. Since I sew, I figure I'll just sew on pockets to my nightgowns. I'm thinking I may want to add decorative pouches on belts to go with certain daytime outfits too. I've looked at some of the products available on line but find them quite pricey. Anyone out there have ideas for this you might want to share?

Tags: fashion

4 replies

realsis77 2011-08-22 11:25:22 -0500 Report

Hi. I do not use the pump I still take shots but I think you have a wonderful idea! And I think many people would be interested in this idea that use the pump! I know I would be! Id make a few different styles then put up a web site to also sell them! I think many people would be very interested! Have you made any yet? You should post pictures when you do! You might be on to a very great idea! I wish you the very best! :) and happy sewing!

Type1Lou 2011-08-22 17:56:48 -0500 Report

Why thank you! I haven't yet tackled any of this sewing…too many projects in the works right now. My endo is over an hour away and I just got back from my 2nd visit with my Medtronics pump trainer (who is WONDERFUL!). We're in the process of tweaking my pump settings so I can get better control and avoid those nasty lows. I suspect we'll be tweaking for a while yet. But I love my pump and wonder now why I waited so long to go on one. It's a bit overwhelming at first and part of the tweaking is gathering data so I'm testing my BG at least 7 times a day right now. Now, if I can only find more time to tidy up my sewing room and start in on this new idea…will share whatever I come up with.

realsis77 2011-08-23 10:24:42 -0500 Report

Very cool! I'm still using the needles. I wonder if my insurance would cover the pump?? Now I'm curious. For now I'm stuck shooting about 4 times at the most and twice at the least. I take a 24 hour insulin in the am then I am on a. "Sliding scale" for my other insulin after meals. I wonder what it would take to qualify for the pump on medicare? I'm disabled so my insurance is through S.S.I. they can be pretty picky on what they qualify to cover? Do you know? Just courious? :) thanks

Type1Lou 2011-08-23 11:45:51 -0500 Report

Prior to last Tuesday when I started on my pump I was on 1 shot of Lantus (24-hour) in the am (14u) and took Novolog before meals on a sliding scale (usually 1 to 5 units)…so I took a minimum of 4 shots a day, sometimes 5 if my BG was high at bedtime. Not very different from what it sounds like you're doing. 18 months ago I started having some really scary morning and nighttime lows and got referred to an endocrinologist whom I saw last December. After trying to sort out my problem and making some successful adjustments, they suggested I go on the pump. I'm not yet on Medicare so the Medtronics pump people contacted my insurer (BC/BS) to see what they would cover. I had already satisfied my yearly deductible so the pump will be costing me around $1000 out of pocket. My insurer is picking up 80% of the pump cost. I am using Novolog in my pump and anticipate using less insulin overall than I was previously. I'm not sure yet how much the monthly supplies will all cost me…insulin, infusion sets and reservoirs. I still have to test my BG since I did not get the Continuous Glucose Monitor feature. Right now, I'm testing 7 times a day to try to zero in on the data to better fine tune the pump to my metabolism. We've already adjusted the settings twice and this morning, my fasting was 100 and 2 hours later it was 119! I'm really pleased with it. I was one of those who resisted going on the pump previously because I didn't like the idea of something stuck to me 24/7…it's not so bad and the benefits will be worth it, I think.