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Where/ how do you wear your pump ?

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Hi everyone.  I've been wearing a pump for about 25 years now.  I've always worn it on my waist, or on my pocket just below.  I'm getting tired of having that "hitch" right around my middle.  I don't wear tight clothing, but it still sticks out quite a bit.  Wearing it inside my bra doesn't work well for me, it just seems too inconvenient to pull it out frequently.  Does anyone have any tricks to share ?  Thanks very much !
posted Jun 3 in Conversation by Tillyseattle (370 points)
retagged Jun 30 by KarenG

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I wear my pump on the inside of my waistbands of either pants or skirts.  There isn't as much of a bulge.  I sometimes cut a small slit on the top of the pocket lining on front pants pocket.  The slit is just long enough to slip the reservoir through so the pump is inside my pocket without being clipped to it.  I haven't had much success with wearing pump inside my bra.  If I'm wearing a blouse with a pocket that large enough, I might put my pump there.  I have an Ace thigh band that I use when I am wearing a dress.  I tend to put my pump where it's the most comfortable to wear.
answered Jun 15 by SandeeK (440 points)
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I've gotten annoyed with the waistband, too - especially when I'm wearing pajama pants and my kids tug at them; they simply don't stay up well with the extra weight! I recently started using one of the cases that straps around my waist and this has been working well - the tube stays out of the way much better when changing clothes or using the bathroom. For dresses, I tried and disliked the thigh band, so I usually use the clip to attach the pump under my arm, on the sleeve circle (I even did this on my wedding day, so I'd be able to easily reach my pump on a day when I knew I would need to grab it!). I asked others about this recently - specifically how they wear their pumps with a dress - and a place to keep it usually won out over access, since most people had tubes they wore around their waists that the pump stayed in.
answered Jun 15 by vholcomb (620 points)
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For many years, while wearing an Animas pump and carrying a dexcom, I wore mostly cargo type pants and capris. This year, by switching to MiniMed, I don't have to carry around the dexcom, so I have widened my selection of pants;)  Depending on the fit of the pant, I just put it in my regular pocket or wear it on my waistband using the clip. I rarely wear a dress, but when I do, I use the thigh thing. My son is getting married this summer, so that's what I'll be using to dance the night away. Hopefully it doesn't slide down! My chest is way to small to hide anything in....
answered Jun 20 by T Crebbin (1,000 points)
If you need to have your dress altered for the wedding anyway, the seamstress may be able to add a pocket on the side seam for your pump.  They can add a button-hole type thing to run the tubing through.  Then no worries about the thigh thing sliding down while you get your groove on!
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artwoman, I didn't see the camisoles on the diabetesnet.com site. Have you tried the bra band, or has anyone else here tried it? Looking for something for my dress for my son's wedding. I'm small breatsted, so worried it won't work for me. I do have the thigh thing, but it sometimes slips...
answered Jun 30 by T Crebbin (1,000 points)
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Good suggestion. I may look into that.
answered Jun 30 by T Crebbin (1,000 points)
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