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Comment by Khürt Williams on March 1, 2014 at 12:44pm

Hi Guys! Thanks for the tips. Right now I disconnect the pump while dressing and attach the tubing only when I'm ready to button up. It's not ideal. As for jean, my challenge is I'm on the slim side so no space inside the jeans and I need the pockets for wallet and keys. Hopefully I'll figure this out.

Comment by Craig C on March 1, 2014 at 6:44am
I guess I don't try to over think it. The only time my pump is off is in the shower and getting dressed. My infusion set is always attached somewhere a little below my navel and varies from the left to right and back again. I use the 81cm ones. For work I wear Haggard slacks with the expandable waist. The pump goes into whichever front pocket is closest to the infusion set placement and the tubing feeds through the little gap where the waist expands. For jeans and shorts I take a small no-show athletic sock and safety pin it to whichever front pocket is closest to the set inside the pants. I just slip the pump into the sock. These methods are easy and aren't difficult to deal with. At night I just slip the pump into the side of my underwear ... I'm not a boxer guy so it stays in place fairly well. Hope this helps some.
Comment by Mike Ratrie on March 1, 2014 at 5:55am

Khurt.

Mike is correct - you will figure it all out as you go along and gain experience.

Here are a few of the things I do.

First, make sure you get the longest tubing possible.

I use two types of cases. The neoprene in black and blue colors which have a pass-through belt loop (not as good as the older ones, though). The other thing I use is the Spi-Belt, which I wear under my shirt. 

With the neoprene case, I put the pump on my belt behind the first belt loop (either left or right, depending on what side my infusion set is on). It can be a bit problematic when using the restroom, but when lowering my pants,  I make sure I hold onto the pump and pants, then leave it in a balanced position. Sometimes, I take the pump and slip it into my shirt pocket.

When getting dressed,  a variety of routines take place and it is very automatic for me now. Sometimes I just hold the pump in my hand, or lay it on the dresser or bed, remembering the length of the tubing, of course. Frequently, I tuck the pump into the band of my underwear for a short period of time (cause it won't stay there too long!) until I have a pocket to slip it into or can put in on the belt loop.

Welcome to pumping!

Comment by Mike on March 1, 2014 at 5:21am

Khurt,

All of this stuff you will figure out. Here is what I do.

Restroom....I disconnect and put it in my pocket.
Jeans.....Never thought about that one though the belt I wear with my jeans is thicker. The current case I use has a "pass-through" holder so that is not an issue.
Changing Clothes....I disconnect for the couple of minutes until iI am at the point of putting it back on.
Dress Clothes....Haven't really experienced this one (I wear slacks, dress shirt and tie every day and some days sports coat). However, the reason I chose the Combo, and I was fortunate in that I chose it vice my insurance company picking it out for me, was for the remote capability. I also have several t-shirts I picked up on e-bay that have sewn in pockets so that pump can't even be seen and is conveniently tucked away. Takes the whole bathroom question and running the tubing out of the equation completely. Just haven't bothered to get enough of them to switch completely over. They were something like $10.50 for one or 5 for $35. Really convenient though.

Just my 2 cents though. Everyone has there little tricks so hopefully a few more folks will weigh-in. Always willing to pick up some other ideas. That's what's great about the boards!

Mike

Comment by Khürt Williams on February 28, 2014 at 8:40pm

Just got my first insulin pump. The ACCU CHEK Combo. I love this device.

However, I do have a few challenges I did not have when I was on MDI.

How do I use the restroom with a pump attached? What do I do with the pump while I'm undoing my belt buckle? Why is it so hard to wear the pump with jeans? What do I do with my pump when I need to change my clothes? It's really hard to put on a pair of pants, tuck in a dress shirt with a pump attached,

Comment by Mike Ratrie on February 21, 2014 at 11:47am

Yes,

There is IOB/BOB that Accu-Chek calls "Active Insulin" as part of the Bolus Calculator.

Comment by Jaybyrd on February 21, 2014 at 11:08am

Hello all, I am considering the Accu-Chek Combo as a replacement in the near future, when my Animas warranty runs out. I have researched the Combo and its pros and cons, BUT the only feature that I cannot seem to find is any sort of IOB or BOB curve/calculation feature. Does this pump combo even have this?

Comment by Mike Ratrie on January 12, 2014 at 1:46pm

Ahhh, thanks. Glad to hear you figured it out. Let us know if you have any questions once you are on the Combo.

Comment by Travis Scaggs on January 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

There was a time when I had awesome control with MDI...and my control with pumping wasn't so great. So I figured MDI would be better for me...which recently I realized that it wasn't as much the therapy system as much as my outlook on how to manage myself. So now, I'm still on MDI but I'm working to take full control of my numbers again.

Comment by Mike Ratrie on January 12, 2014 at 6:50am

Travis,

Welcome back to pumping. What made you decide to go back to MDI?

 

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