When ordering our pump we were asked what color we would like or if we wanted to use skin covers for the pump clear is better. Does anyone use the skins?

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Doesn't really matter, personal decision. If for a child, let him/her make the decision. As long as it works who cares what color or skin? I think guys wouldn't get a pink one though. Ha! Have fun with the choice.

You're getting the Revel for your daughter, right? I use the Revel and get skins from Skinit.com. Just make sure to order the right size skin for her pump (there are two sizes - the 500 series size and the 700 series size). Let her pick out a couple. I'm very active and get really sweaty (and so does my pump), so my skins last about 4 months or so before they start peeling. SkinIt has a great selection. The patterns look the coolest because the pump is fairly small.

Personally, I like the clear pump because that way it's a clean slate for decorating. Definitely let your daughter choose. It's her pump and it needs to suit her style. For me, the little flair that the skins give my pump makes it feel a little less "medical" and more like an accessory.

I had a clear pump as I thought that would be the most neutral one, but I just think the clear one (which really is grey with clear parts!) looks really medical/technical. So I bought a skin to cover it up.. When it was time to get a new pump I got the black one and am really happy with it, it's so discreet! If for a child, I would go for a solid colour or something, as you can nicely wear it with/without skin.

I am far from being a child and would still, in spite of my age, love to have a skin. However I am not technically gifted and could never get the skinit.com ordering process to work right for me.

Really? Are you going directly to SkinIt.com? I found it hard when I tried to access SkinIt through Medtronic's website, but had no trouble when I went directly to SkinIt's website. PM me if you need help. The skins are really cool. I order several a year and change them out as they wear down or if I just feel like I need a change.

I was trying to access through Medtronic's website and just could not understand the instructions there. I went directly to Skinit's website as you've suggested and ordered two of them - could not be easier there. Thank you for your suggestion :) I am happy now. When I ordered my pump the person I spoke with said and I quote "Senior citizens should pick a subdued color so they don't stand out". ??? duh......like because we are older, that means we can't enjoy something colorful? Anyway......now my 'black' pump can have a spot of color :) :)

My son uses a skin for his Ping. For him, it protects his pump from bumps and bruises more than serving as a fashion statement. His pump itself is also black. Good luck.

Skins for different pumps seem to be different. The skins for the Ping are these thick inflexible rubber things. (I've seen the ones for medtronic and they are much thinner and more like just decoration or wallpaper.)Since I got a free one with my new Ping last year I ordered one in purple. I hated it. When I went to take it off it cracked and it definitely adds to the thickness of the pump which to me is a negative. I was quite concerned though about damaging my pump at first despite my trainer telling me it was built quite tough. She was right. Mine has hit the floor or the table several times with no ill effect. So no skins for me.

My pump is blue. I like the color ok but could see the advantage of changing the pump's look periodically.

I do, I am pretty rough with my pump - always bumping it on stuff, but the skin has done pretty good. There are lots of companies that make cool waist packs for kids and adults too - I put my pump in a waist pack when I am active, less worry about it falling out of my pocket that way!

My daughter is 20 so she decided on the clear pump and wants to get some skins for it so it doesn't look so much like a medical accessory. Our rep said the skins look better on a clear pump so color doesn't show through. I don't know if this is true or not. We are to get the box with the pump and all its other misc items in the mail tomorrow. I think she is nervous about going on it but she needs to get her numbers stabile. Her A1C was around 12 the last time she was checked.

concerned mom, 12 is very poor control. Gotta get it down below 7, but that will take weeks........She has to jump on the bandwagon right away and do the usual stuff like carb counting, exercise, lose weight, and testing at least six times a day. If she is unwilling to do these things a pump will not help. It takes a lot of discipline to use a pump, so medical accessory and medical necessity are quite different. Best of luck. Let us know how her training goes and have her come in here. Lots of folks here will listen.

Good choice. I have the clear one and that is correct; the skins look the best on the clear.

Yikes!! An A1C of 12?!!? That's like an average glucose of over 300, right?

Yeah, she needs to get that down. Please let her know that as her BGs come into "normal" range, she is going to feel like she's low. A lot. But that's just her body trying to get used to being in a somewhat normal range. They will probably have her bring things down slowly to avoid feeling too crappy.

Do you know why her A1C is so high? Has she been sick? Has she been losing a lot of weight? I have to imagine that she feels pretty crummy running that high all the time. How long ago was she diagnosed?

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