If you take the device off your belt, to check or control things, you need to pull some amount of tubing out to do this. How do you get the tubing tucked back in to your pants, or whatever, easily?
I’ve been thinking of constructing some kind of device that would be connected to the tubbing, that would pull out, when you pull the pump out to use it, then you could use it to tuck, or pull the tubing back into your pants.
For a while, I was thinking of having a heavy washer, or something, around the tubing, that would pull the excess tubbing back – but then I had this better idea, of just having a stick or something, hoocked to the tubbing, that would pull out with the tubbing, that you could use to easily push it back.
What do others do to solve this problem?
I carry my pump in a small fanny pack called a SPI Belt. They're made for carrying a phone or keys while jogging or the like. I use Mio sets and the tubing pretty much stays coiled up. When I take the pump out it's pretty easy to get everything back in the pouch. However, yesterday I did notice someone watching me put it away in a restaurant. Not sure that an additional device would have been any subtler. Glad I stopped wearing it on my calf with the leg thing, though. Never too subtle to have to hike up my pant leg to bolus.
They do make little blue clips that allow you to wind excess tubing into a circular loop which might make it easier to access. My son has never used the clips and now just leaves enough loose tubing under his shirt to easily access his pump which he typically clips to his belt or the waistband of his pants.
When he first started pumping, he was intimidated about people wondering what he was doing and shy to expose his pump (14 at the time) so he used to wind everything in behind his boxers and then he'd tighten his belt in fear of anything falling loose. Problem with that was that it would often cause a no delivery alarm from being wound too tight, or the belt would restrict the insulin flow.
I run the tubing under my belt then into a leather cell phone case. I can leave enough tubing out of my pants to see it and don't have a foot or so hanging out. Someone already makes a spring loaded device that coils it up after you pull it out but I don't want anything else on my belt or another device to manage.
I just stick my fingers in the waistband of my pants to stuff the tubing back in, while trying not to appear like I'm doing something inappropriate.
Personally, I think the bulk of any sort of device would be more awkward than the occasional confused glances.