Do You Pump, how do you wear it?

Stick Me Designs:Rickina
By Stick Me Designs:Rickina Latest Reply 2011-04-18 12:32:57 -0500
Started 2008-03-13 11:46:02 -0500

I've been wanting to get some real world experience on how those of you who pump are 'wearing' your pumpers? Because my experience with diabetes was short lived (gestational) I do not really have much to go on, in regards to maintenance.

So I've many pumpers ask, "Are you going to make cases for pumpers?" While I would like to introduce a few styles in the future, I need to know what pumpers look for in a carrying case.
*size
*materials it is made out of
*style
*price
*features etc.

I've got other questions I'd like to ask too, but those can be on a later post. But in the meantime, please let me know your thoughts and any information you think would be helpful in design. Or if you have a special glucose meter bag design that you would like to see let me hear that too*

Thanks for sharing*

~Rickina
Founder|Designer
Stick Me Designs


11 replies

roshy
roshy 2011-04-18 12:32:57 -0500 Report

brilliant conversation to spark up!! ill be switching over to the pump in two months and would love a simple strap to go round my wait to hold my pump to be!!! it as to be soft material and comfortable !!

you blokes have it really easy compared to us female pumpers!!!

Sloan
Sloan 2008-05-03 07:36:10 -0500 Report

I am an Endo. nurse and a "pumper". When I wear a dress, I place my pump in the side of my bra under my arm. No problems at all. If I wear pants, then of course it goes in my pocket. I have the Mini Med Paradigm 722 and all is well… Happy pumping…

Bernard Farrell
Bernard Farrell 2008-04-09 21:54:03 -0500 Report

Like the other guys who've commented here I mostly wear it on my belt. I've also got a Dexcom CGM and the receiver is fairly bulky. Unfortunately the Dexcom holder is HUGE and UGLY. I wish someone could make a nice neat holder for this. Right now I carry that in my pocket.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-04-14 09:15:18 -0500 Report

Am I the only one here who uses the OmniPod? The great thing about that system is no worries about tubing -- so the whole "placement" issue is so much easier!

See http://www.diabetesmine.com/2007/02/omnipoded.html

Best,
AmyT

CALpumper
CALpumper 2008-04-15 03:50:09 -0500 Report

If I could afford a "smaller" pump or the OmniPod (even though the way it "sticks out" bothers me) then I would invest but with nothing to invest…

I have the Animas 1250. I have a "belt clip pouch" and I love it. I clip that thing to everything! Mainly my waistband or belt. I have a "belter" too that slips over the belt. I also have the original leather case that clips onto a belt or waistband.

I have used the "thigh thing" for a wedding and special occasions. I do not like it that much, I feel the need to adjust it constantly.

I have not tried the pump bra or anything of the sort. I have clipped my "hard case" holder to a bra but the bra has to be underwire for it to hold and not look like I have a third/box like/hard…you get it. But I hate underwire.

Yeah you men. Geesh! lol

Joanne Di Napoli
Joanne Di Napoli 2008-04-03 11:45:11 -0500 Report

Been pumping since 1996. I usually put my pump in my pants pocket. I actually almost stopped wearing skirts completely since going on the pump. When I do wear a dress, I do not look forward to it because "the thigh thing" created for the pump can not really be worn under stockings. Also it always falls doem my leg. Some sort of contraption to better hold the pump for when it is not being clipped to a waistband or put in a pocket would be fabulous. It also needs to be accessible somehow as well. the idea of a groovy glucose meter bag would be great - I really never thought about that but I think would love it - as I use that much more than a cosmetic case, so why should it not be fashionable and fun as well? Thanks for asking!!

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-04-02 05:27:49 -0500 Report

I wear a pump. I currently clip it to my pocket when I'm wearing jeans and such — but I struggle when I am wearing a dress with a good location. I've got a band that I'll wrap around my waste underneath and clip the pump to that, but its very unofficial.

I've heard some people place their pump in their sock but I don't wear socks that really have enough grip to keep it in place. I'd love to be able to strap my pump to my leg (calves or thigh).

diabetchik
diabetchik 2008-03-24 14:49:40 -0500 Report

I'm lucky enough to be using the Omnipod pump, which is a cordless pump. The PDA device that programs the insulin amount also has a Freestyle meter built into it! So, I only have to carry the PDA, the strips, and the needle injector for my finger and I'm good to go!

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-03-13 13:57:28 -0500 Report

It has to be easier for guys. I wear mine either on my belt (I cannot tell you how many people have commented about it being a pager — they are so used to cell phones that, when they see a pump, they think it is a pager and assume that I am a doctor) or in my pocket — I have had my tailor put pass-throughs in my pockets so that my pump can stay hidden there.

Kathleen - 13565
Kathleen - 13565 2008-03-13 12:50:47 -0500 Report

I have a pocket inserted into my bra that holds my pump perfectly, but then I have an Animas 2020 and it's one of the smallest pumps out there.

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