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Looking Back: Wedded...nesday.

Today is my third wedding anniversary, and Chris and I are happily on vacation, spending some much-needed time away from the Internet and together with each other.  And to mark my anniversary here on SUM, I'm revisiting a post from three years ago that answered (for me, at least) the age old question of "Where the hell do I hide my insulin pump in my wedding dress?"

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Yesterday I wrote about my wedding, focusing on the parts that meant the most to me:  the man I love, our families and friends, the church service, saying "I do," and dancing ourselves silly at the reception.

But diabetes was a part of my wedding day.  We did our best to keep it quiet and unnoticed, though, using several tricky methods.  I'm like a diabetes wedding magician ... sort of.

First things first:  the dress.  Wearing an insulin pump is the easiest and least intrusive way for me to take my insulin, and I wasn't about to go off the pump just for the sake of fashion.  My solution?  Design a pocket to hold my insulin pump, hidden in my wedding dress.  I spoke with the seamstress at Ye Olde Bridal Shoppe and she and I designed something that left the pump accessible, yet hidden.

Insulin pump hidden in the wedding dress

Even if you were looking for it, the pump pocket was almost impossible to find.  Hidden along the seam of my wedding gown, it was held shut with a small piece of velcro.

Reaching into the pocket.

The hole cut in the seam was just big enough to fit my hand into, so I could reach for the pump.

Pulling the pump from my pocket

The hole was big enough for the pump to be pulled through. 

Wedding day bolusing

And once it was free, I could make whatever adjustments I needed and then slip the pump back into its pocket.

Insulin pump hidden in pocket.

The pocket itself was underneath the main fabric of the dress, attached to the petticoat.  It was sized to be about half an inch bigger than my insulin pump, leaving room for my hands to reach in and access the pump.  We stuck a safety pin to the top of the pocket so that when I reached in, I could feel around quickly for the pin and know exactly where the top of the pocket was located.  This made pump retrieval and replacement very easy.

Concealed!

The tubing itself went from the top of the pump, through a hole cut into the petticoat, and attached to the infusion site on my right thigh.  I had to plan ahead of time where my infusion set would be located so the pocket could be properly situated.

And during the entire course of my wedding, no one had any clue that I was wearing my insulin pump in my wedding dress.  Even my friends who know about it couldn't find it unless I pointed it out.  I felt empowered and like a secret agent ... only the bridal version.  

So insulin pump:  check.  And I had a few other tricks up my sleeve.  Like the flowers carried by my maid of honor:

Flowers with low blood sugar backup treater

After speaking with the florist, she devised a small pocket in the ribbon of NBF's bouquet.  This pocket could hold a life saver (as pictured) or even a tube of cake gel.  As I stood at the altar, I felt safe knowing that NBF had a quick dose of sugar at the ready, if I needed it. 

Diabetes, on the whole, didn't affect my day enough to matter.  I danced, ate cake, and experienced a wild array of emotions.  But there were a few moments when it required some attention.  Like after the ceremony at the church, when I tested and realized my blood sugar had cruised up from 156 mg/dl pre-ceremony to a whopping 380 mg/dl afterwards.  (Nerves - they hit me right in the A1c.)  Before the ceremony, I was running on the high end, cresting up around 160 - 180 mg/dl and holding steady.  And during the reception, I was too excited to eat much, so I let my numbers run higher there, too, to compensate for all the dancing. 

I did have a pretty aggressive low blood sugar just before our first dance, but thanks to my fast-as-lightning maid of honor, a glass of orange juice from the bar held me steady as we were announced on the dance floor as Mr. and Mrs. Christopher and Kerri Sparling. 

"I'm a little low," I admitted to Chris as the opening bars to "The Luckiest" played from the speakers.  He held me close and gave me a smile.

"You'll be fine.  Just focus on me.  As far as I can tell, there's no one else in this room but you." 

You may have had your moments, Diabetes, but my wedding day was mine.

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And for more photos of ladies rocking their pumps in their wedding dresses, check out this post!

Comments

I love this post. Take diabetes and turn yourself into a secret agent in a wedding dress. These kind of details on diabetic life are priceless.

I am getting married in November and have been worrying about what to do with my pump and how my blood sugar will react to all the emotions I will inevitably be having.
These are some GREAT ideas! Thanks so much!

Happy Anniversary, Kerri! What a sweet post. :)

wish I had know about you in time for my wedding two years ago - I picked a dress I could hide the pump in the 'bra' of - and I wouldn't let anyone help me dress. I love the 'sugar pocket' in the flowers, that is so cute. LOL!

Ah, wedding day memories! I have similar ones from my wedding back in the Fall of 2008. However, rather than trying to get my seamstresses (my best friend's mom and sister) to ninja up the wedding dress, I just went commando - stuck the pump in my bra and pulled it out willy nilly whenever I needed it. Anyone who would have been offended wasn't invited to my wedding in the first place, so I was fine with it :) CONGRATS on 3 years of wedded bliss, and here's to many, many more!!

Happy 3rd anniversary Kerri and Chris, have a great vacation.

The Animas newsletter says you have 25M viewers. Can that be true? WOW.

Happy anniversary to you two! :) Hope your trip has been amazing.

This was beautiful and made me cry. Thank you. You put my mind at ease as far as a future wedding for me.

Happy Anniversary!!!

My daughter got married in October and I needed a pocket for my pump for my Mother of the Bride Dress. I printed your pictures to take to my seamstress to give her a true idea as to exactly what I needed. I believe if I tried to explained it verbally, she probably would not have gotten it. Your pictures were worth a 1000 words.

I purchased matching silky fabric and she fabricated a pocket for me. She also sewed in a button hole at the bottom of the pocket for the tubing slip through.

The only opps I had was when I put the dress on the day of the wedding I had to figure out a way to the the tubing through my spanx. It was interesting but managable, with help.

Your suggestions for your pocket in your wedding dress is also useful for summer dresses.

I wish you and your husband Happy Anniversary....

Happy Anniversary!!!

And although I'm no where near becoming a bride myself, I KNOW I'll definitely use some of these tips (especially the flower pocket) for my sisters upcoming wedding :) Thanks!!!

wow! 3 years have passed fast happy anniversary

This is how I found you (and the DOC!) two years ago when I was planning my wedding!

Happy anniversary!

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