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Need a pocket?

30 Jun
Pocksie!

Pocksie!

Ever find yourself needing a pocket for a little hands free carrying of tiny stuff?

Going for a walk with the dog, and want to take your ID (you should always have ID on you. Don’t make me mom-out on you) but no pockets and not so much a fan of the fanny pack? Need a covert little storage area on your person while you play devastatingly beautiful spy for the evening?

These are “Pocksie” and they are available through Amazon.com. You get 6 for $9.99 and they are this fabulous soft, thin, stretchy flannel-y material. There is adhesive on three sides with one side left adhesive-free (that’s the opening)- you stick them to your clothes (on the inside, typically) with the opening facing up, and your clothes become the backing to the pocket and voila! A little hidden pocket for your ID, some business cards…That sort of thing. They are beige, pale beige. I would love to see these in black as well, to blend more with a wider variety of clothing- and to bust up any confusion as to where you stick these (you do not stick them to your skin!).

I test drove these by sticking them to the inside of a fairly thin, soft cotton jersey loose fitting t-shirt (I didn’t want anything close fitting supporting it as this was one of my personal product tests and I wanted fairly clean anecdotal results). I jammed my insulin pump (heavier than most modern cellular phones) in it and went about my day. And it stuck. All day. It stuck really well and I was amazed at the end of the day how well it was still sticking- I had to give it a good pull to get it off (probably not a good match for silk!). I would feel confident wearing these under anything, holding ID, credit card, or a small cell-phone. Of course, your mileage may vary *insert disclaimer here* but I do recommend grabbing a 6-pack of these and keeping them on hand. On the inside of a loose fitting, single layer shirt you could clearly see where my pump was- but with ID and card, it wasn’t so noticeable.  I would probably use these under clothes with a more substantial fabric anyway, so for me that is a non-issue.

I bought them to see if my insulin pump would fit in them. My Animas 2020 was a very tight fit (not easy to get it in or out, but for a formal affair and the perfect outfit, I would be much happier with a little tugging to get the pump out than looking like I am losing my underthings…as was the case when I tried the leg thing- which is great if it fits you well… not so friendly on my curvaceous stems) and from the looks of it a Cozmo would fit well (not necessarily with the Cozmore backing)…

Women who wear insulin pumps are often faced with this dilemma as the choices for carrying their pump when all gussied up are usually- a case with a clip, reenacting the “pencil test” with their pump, or a “leg thing” (like a garter).
While my pump does have an integrated clip and I usually wear pump, tubing, etc fairly exposed (frankly, on most legging or jeans wearing days I just don’t give the aesthetics of this life improving device another thought), there have been moments during workouts or dress up that I have longed for a comfortable, concealed way to carry my pump.

Ping-tastic!

8 Jul

Just wound up on the Animas Corp website to see if I could order my pump supplies using their webstore when I found a lovely little press release about the new One Touch Ping Glucose Management System.

At first glance the Ping looks like the old one touch ultra smart meters… On further reading, it seems to be a combination of insulin pump remote and data management system, when combined with the new EZ Manager MAX software.

I spoke to a rep in the supply ordering dept at Animas this morning and found out that when it is released in Mid-August 2008 it will not be an add on to my existing pump, a 2020 (which was brand new in January 2008)… The One Touch Ping is a complete package and not just a shmancy number crunching meter as I thought or a meter and remote- it is an entire pumping package.

While I would love a continuous glucose dealio with all of my heart and soul, but cannot afford one at this time, I am ecstatic that Animas & OneTouch (same parent corp- Johnson & Johnson) are making data management easier.

I really don’t care about the remote feature.  I do not need remote access to my pump. I am not a concealer, I wear it with pride clipped to my pants.  Some folks have asked if it’s a new model cell phone…Someone asked if it is a satellite phone (it’s a little more chunky and rugged looking than most current cell models)… When I need to use it I unclip it, do what I need to do, and clip it back on…It does help that it has a clip that is attached directly to the back of the pump…Back in my Cozmo and even in my Disetronic H-Tron days I found the various pouches to be helpful but not perfect… And only late in my Cozmo usage did I discover Unique Accessories’ solution which worked beautifully and for me… Also, I’m not quite clear on what sort of screen the PING meter/remote (can we call it a glu-mote?) will have but one of the reasons I chose the Animas 2020 this time around was the clarity of the screen (in color and super bright…it’s like having a little lcd TV on me at all times…OK, without anything that entertaining.)it’s really nice not having to hunt up reading glasses or put my health at risk by doing a squint and guess…

As I have had my 2020 for less than a year the cost of exchanging it (they have a tiered program) is $399. Not a ton of money and for me totally worth it as recording usable data has always been a weak area for me in my diabetes care.   But it’s still $399 so I will wait and see what happens with bald guy’s job and kiddo’s school stuff.

The other cool part of this announcement is that there will also be new EZ Manager MAX software and it will be MAC and PC compatible!  Woohoo!  I do use a Mac but I also have Windows installed just for my diabetes management software. It will be so nice to not have to use Boot Camp anymore…

Anyway, good news all around…

You can read the press release here.

Gak.

14 May

No seriously. Gak.

Boy has pink eye and an ear infection and we think strep throat.  He is feeling better today but still can’t hear out of his infected ear very well.  Normally we have communication issues but this is ridiculous and then some.

Hubby home from work with a nasty bug.

I finally came down with the fever and sore throat part this evening.  My sugars seem to be ok- not great but not totally resistant so I’m guessing I have a virus but the numbers will tell by tomorrow if I need to head to the docs… Until then I’m drinking some tasty tea (Thank you Julie!) with a diet ginger ale chaser…

Going back to bed. Neato documentary/discovery channel thing on the Ice Hotel… Probably not the best thing to watch with chills….

Later…Hope everyone stays healthy and happy…

Belly.

19 Mar

Pumping.

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Ok. So it’s blurry.

But that little pink spot at the top, the actual catheter going in my belly part, is not supposed to have that dark shadowy stuff around it…

It was a bit of a bleeder… I nicked something going in, or shortly after, but didn’t discover it until the numbers were high again. Grrrrrr…. Making me a little nutso….Well, a little more than usual….

That is my lovely belly…. The episode of Jon & Kate Plus Eight where she has a tummy tuck was on a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised to find out that her belly, at it’s biggest, was only a few centimeters larger than mine (at my biggest)… She had 6 kiddos in there. I had one (and my kiddo was born at 33 weeks). I had polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid) and went from not showing that much to ginormous within a matter of 2 weeks. Yeah. Itchy, sore, and lumpy. Gorgeous. I’ll have to find a picture of my belly… I’m sure I have one somewhere…. So this belly you are seeing here is my belly now. It’s not attractive, but it’s mine. And everytime my little guy gives me a pat and mentions that he lived in there, I smile.

I won’t have a tummy tuck. No way. I have been through too many surgeries in my short time on this planet to do anything medical that is elective. So I’m working on getting into healthier shape so I can feel better and have more energy for my little guy, but we are still trying to figure out what is destroying my energy this much… Off to another doc tomorrow to review the ct scan of my trunk and some blood work… We shall see what we shall see….

Better numbers…

16 Mar

Survived the night.  With my body fighting so hard just to keep me alive in such extreme conditions (blood sugar that spiked close to 500), I’m exhausted.  Every muscle aches and I can barely keep my eyes open.  So I’m drinking more fluids, eating a flax and berry waffle and heading back to bed.   I’m also plenty swollen… It took over 30 units of humalog/insulin in 6 hours to bring my sugar down…For comparison, I usually take around 60-80 units a day (depending on what I eat and how active I am)….30 units is a boatload.  I look like a freaking stickerbook as I still have all of my failed catheters in my belly. Ok, off I go with my 155 (woohoo!) to recover for the day….Toodles. 

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