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Animas Vlog: A Day at the Beach.

Sometimes I forget that not everyone has diabetes.  Here's a quick video about two different reactions from my trip to the beach last week.  (And how many cell phone/insulin pump references can I make in three minutes?  Several.  You'll see.)


Ok, all I have to say is that you are totally made to do this job.

((Group Hug))

we just returned from the beach and Ian wears his infusion site on his stomach - normally with his pump unhooked, but often with the pump in his spibelt and the tubing flying in the breeze, but being not the pumpee, I have the benefit of watching other people watch him. Only occasionally do I even notice anyone noticing.

Now, that said, when I was at Disney earlier this year I was standing in line next to a younger teen girl with her pump clipped to her bikini and I couldn't help but say to her "way to rock your pumpage" I'm sure she thought I was bizzarro old lady but I thought it was important that I tell her that she was a rockstar to being able to be so out there and wear that pump so prominently at an age when most girls just want to be like everyone else.

Wearing your pump publicly and dealing with whatever comments you get truly makes you a rockstar in my book, because it means that you care about your health. And that's really all that matters.


Perfect vlog! My trips to the beach have been ok this year. In Mexico, I had a very confused resort employee on my hands. That all worked out for the best, though, as he let me keep my cooler (filled with delicious beverages....and my insulin pump) by the pool. Diabetes = permission to break the rules!

I once jumped into a pool with my insulin pump attached (it's waterproof) and a young kid must have noticed my pump, because he came running over to my friends and said, "Your friend just jumped in the pool with her cell phone on her!" I got a good laugh out of it :)

I love this Vlog! I generally hide my pump, especially when I'm at work, but on the weekends I'm a little less worried about stashing it out of site. Sometimes I just get sick of trying to hide it all the time and find it easier to clip it to my waist or pocket. I've only been asked a couple of times about it, but I try to be very diplomatic and educational when people do confront me about it.

The only time I get really frustrated is when I go through security. I have to do this a lot because of my job in DC and dealing with security guards can be quite frustrating. I hate how they don't have any sense of privacy when they ask about it (my pump does set off some security systems, and they always ask about the syringes and vials I keep in my bag). I had to remind a security guard last year that I really didn't want everyone else standing in line to know I had D. Grrrr..

someone the other day asked me what my pump was at a gas station. i replied "it's my pancreas." i kind of just got a blank stare in return. hahaha.

Love it! It is hard sometimes to remember that not everyone 'gets' it and you have to take the stares and confused looks with a grain of salt.

Ha ha! Great post! I use the Omnipod and I have definitely gotten some crazy looks when someone sees my pod on my arm, stomach or back. I usually try to hide it under my suit but it doesn't always turn out that way if I wasn't planning on wearing a swimsuit and it isn't time for a site change. :)

Your accent got me a few times on this one "Carry".

First, I thought you said a saucer of ice cream. Meow.

Then, at the end, I had to repeat it a few times to figure out where you wanted to get the sand "out of." ;)

This made me smile so much, thank you for this. Sometimes I forget that everyone doesn't have diabetes too.


I was working with a day camp this summer, and one of the little 5 year olds saw my Dexcom on my arm and asked how I had hurt myself and what kind of band aid it was.
When I replied, "I have diabetes, and this helps me me not get sick" the child asked what diabetes is. I have to admit, explaining diabetes to a 5 year is not the easiest task.

"It's not a requirement for everyone to understand the disease I'm living with, it's a requirement for me to understand the disease. This is not their normal"
WOW - lightbulb moment! If I could let go of that urge for them to "get it"... what freedom!

AMAZING! I am the only person I know who is on a pump (or who has type I for that matter) and I absolutely love reading your posts every day. I am always telling my fiance about them and how comforting it is to know someone else going through the same things. Last weekend I rocked my pump on the outside of my bathing suit at the Planet Hollywood Hotel pool in Vegas. I caught people staring but was enjoying my bachelorette party too much to care! Thank you for sharing your story and letting me know other pumpers do the same thing!!!

For me, it's become REALLY hard to forget that not everyone knows what pumps are, AND they don't realize I have diabetes and have one. I stash my pump in my bra, and probably have become WAY too comfortable about whipping it out from under my shirt whenever I need to. Needless to say, I've gotten some strange looks from new friends when we were out at dinner, or from the random person who happens to catch me trying to sneak it out without anyone seeing. But hey! I'm healthy, and have a super A1C, so who cares, right?? And if anyone asks me about it, it's a perfect time to educate them, as well as rock the disco boobs :)

We were at a big theme/waterpark recently, and a lady in one of the lines was staring at my daughter's OmniPod (on her arm). I let it go for a while, but she just kept staring, wide eyed and open-mouthed, for several minutes. I leaned across the rope towards her and said, "It's an insulin pump." She jumped back in shock and said, "WHAT?" I repeated myself, she turned 19 kinds of red and thanked me, and then didn't look again. Guess she was embarrassed by being caught looking for so long. :)

Thanks Kerri! I needed that! I've just had a very frustrating weekend with "Joe Public" judging and harassing me about my diabetes. I'm happy to get back to my online friends who 'get it'!!

I just got back from a week-long Welsh-only language 'bootcamp' in Wales. The son of one of the leaders noticed my OmniPod, and asked about it. Quite reasonably. It's pretty odd looking, and hey, he's four. But...just try explaining the OmniPod Insulin Management System. To a four year old. In Welsh. LOL!

This is a great VLOG on a great topic Kerri. Animas is lucky to have you working with them!

I've been lurking around here for a while. I really enjoy your blog. My initial thought as a person w/o diabetes is doesn't sand get caught in there somewhere? Cause I always end up with sand everywhere no matter what I do after a day at the beach.

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