update for a new pump user

By kimfing Latest Reply 2014-07-15 00:15:11 -0500
Started 2014-07-13 13:08:48 -0500

just wanted to update, I've been on pump for three weeks now. I must admit the first two weeks were challenging and frustrating.

I think i have now found a basal profile for work days. Been under the same control i was on before pump and feeling like myself again. I am currently working on non work day profile. Hoping it won't take as long.

The only thing frustrating this moment is: the pockets in women's clothes
Are not deep enough to not crimp the tubing. I had to get a pair of mens pants to accommodate. I use a case that clips to my waistband on non work days. I have tried the bra pouch which has a clip i can clip to waistband of my work pants but i don't find that it works because the tubing is pointed down my leg and my infusion set is in my stomach so my tubing gets crimped and pump alarms. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day everyone.

4 replies

Type1Lou 2014-07-14 12:14:45 -0500 Report

I usually carry my pump in my pocket without much problem. There are differing tubing length options. I use a 32 inch tube on my Medtronic Minimed Revel pump. I think Medtronic has different lengths available. The Quick-set is available in four tubing lengths and two cannula lengths. Here's the info on Medtronic Quickset infusion set tubing options: "The 6mm length cannula is most suitable for lean individuals and is available in 18", 23", 32", and 43" lengths. The 9mm cannula is recommended for everyone else and is available in 23", 32", and 43" lengths." I don't know about other pump makes. For those garments without pockets, I'll either slip it into my bra, or use the holster or clip that came with the pump, or for night clothes and workout pants, I sewed my own pockets out of stretchy knit material into the garment to hold the pump.

kimfing 2014-07-15 00:15:11 -0500 Report

I might have to sew pockets in my work jeans. I did buy a pair of mens jeans for work as they have deeper pockets so my tubing doesn't get pinched near the pump body and alarm on me all the time. The length of the tubing isn't really a problem. Can't wear in sports bra as in az in summer would sweat it to death :-) .

I have flip belt for night and leg band for under skirts and dresses. Or when i sleep i just place it on bed next to me.

Thank you for your ideas.

neverlowbg 2014-07-13 14:04:11 -0500 Report

I wear mine just like a pager roll up tubing and tape to stomach if you use the holster you can turn it sideways so tubing doesn't kink in work shirts I cut a slit in pocket and sowed up sides of slit so I can slide tubing thru so it's under my shirts button pocket and it doesn't fall out I just took on a part time weekend shop supervisor job working on large trucks so you hang and have to get into weird positions to do work on the and parts are not light I've had no problems with either position

kimfing 2014-07-13 14:23:59 -0500 Report

Thanks for the ideas. I work outside in a lot od dust and dirt so i really don't like using like a pager will get too dirty and catch on things i lift and carry. I think in pants pockets for work would be best. That's where hubby always carries his.