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Comment by Mike Ratrie on March 9, 2014 at 5:59pm

Khurt,

Definitely agree that most accessories seem to be geared towards women and children. The Accu-Chek products aren't the most fashionable, but I have found in business formal, business casual that the black or blue cases work well enough.

How did your next "big event" go? Have you swapped in a new cartridge yet?

Comment by Khürt Williams on March 9, 2014 at 4:54pm

Hi Marie B!!!
Thanks for the tips. I'm still struggling to find a place for the pump. I work in a business-casual environment so long-sleeve button down shirts with undershirts is the norm. I don't mind wearing the pump out but it does present a challenge dressing and undressing.

Most of the products I've seen appear to be geared toward sports or women and children.

Comment by Marie B on March 2, 2014 at 8:25am

Khurt, I've used Accu-chek pumps for over 24 years. You will find their customer service to be excellent, should you ever feel the need to have someone walk you through a cartridge change, or anything else.

About the "where to put it" I personally have one of their Older clip cases. It clips completely securely to the waist band of my pants or pj bottoms. I'm sorry to report the new clip case does NOT, when I tried the Combo with this new case, it fell off onto the bathroom floor more than once, and I knew that it wasn't going to work for me. sorry I can't even find a picture of this older case, I was lucky to find someone here on TuD who was willing to give me hers. I'm completely "out" when it comes to pumping, I always wear mine visibly outside, it's more comfortable for me.

as I think others have mentioned, the Spibelt gets rave reviews, and also keep you eyes open to MP3 player bags, cell phone bags, I have a variety of these. some other sites to check out:

http://www.annaps.com/en/about-anna-ps/insulin-pump/
http://www.pumpwearinc.com/pumpshop/
http://www.mykpp.com/products.html

I only disconnect the tubing for showering myself.

Welcome to pumping!

Comment by Khürt Williams on March 2, 2014 at 8:05am

This morning, I changed out my infusion set for the very first time. I was a bit anxious but I got it done. Whew! Next major event in 3 days. I'll be out the infusion set AND insulin.

Comment by Khürt Williams on March 2, 2014 at 8:00am

Hi @Mike Raterie, I am starting to feel the same way. Batman!!!

I think I'll figure this out eventually. Right now, the challenge is my pants pockets are already filled with stuff. The CGMS and keys occupy one pocket and my other pocket has my wallet and iPhone. No space for the Spirit Combo. Right now, it's winter so I can keep my keys in a coat. But the summer time may prove more challenging.

Comment by Mike Ratrie on March 2, 2014 at 5:48am

I am pretty slim myself, I always felt that wearing the pump on my belt was pretty ideal. These days, I sometimes feel a bit like Batman with his Utility Belt, with the pump, CGM and sometimes keys and meter clipped to my belt, lol!

For sleeping, I wear a pair of light athletic shorts with a pocket - the pump goes in the pocket when I get up and comes out while in bed.

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

 

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