For my own diabetes management, I'm pro-pump. Pumping has helped me keep my A1c on a steady decline. The pump has helped me control those insane morning for-no-reason spikes and has helped protect me from frightening lows. I lived seventeen years without my pump and I'm happy to not be sticking myself with syringes every few hours. I appreciate the convenience and fluidity of pumping.
Except. For. This morning.
I woke up early to a comfortably cool bedroom temperature. Long, hot shower. Running right on time - early, even! - and I even knew where my keys were. I found a nice (ironed - imagine that!) outfit in the closet - red floral skirt, off-white sweater, fancy Monsoon Artisans necklace. Perfect for the warm beginning of fall.
All dressed. Just about ready to walk out the door. Oh, one more thing!
I reattached the pump to the site, snaked the tubing up from my thigh, and clipped the pump to my waistband. The light fabric of the skirt buckled under the weight and the skirt lurched to one side. No problem, I'll just slip on the "thigh thing." Okay, so that's all mangled and stretched and doesn't stay up right today. How about tucking the pump into my bra? Nope, the v-neck shirtline doesn't leave room for a medical device. Maybe in the side of my bra, underneath my arm? I did that on Saturday night in the black dress and no one was the wiser.
Unfortunately, this light shirt made the pump look like a budding appendage.
"Fricka-fracka dag nab it..." I muttered. (Yosemite Sam's got nothin' on me.) No matter how I wore the pump, it was the most blantant accessory. Not even McGyver Morrone could figure out a quick way to solve this one.
So ... I plugged in the iron, grabbed my khaki skirt (with pockets) from the clean laundry pile, and gave it a quick steam. Tossed the red skirt aside, determined to wear it someday but apparently not today. I scurried off to work and made it just in time.
I was a bit of a Pump Grump. In somewhat of a Pump Slump. Until I tested at around 9:30 and saw that the 157 mg/dl I had woken up with had settled back down to 97 mg/dl. It is worth it, even if it steams me up now and again.