Diabetes devices are boring, but I'd rather they be boring and useful (read: accurate, precise) than to have spangly, sparkly bits and a dozen different color options. I don't want glitter being what holds up an FDA approval.
But having a way to dress up your diabetes devices, even just a wee bit, can go a really long way in psychosocial satisfaction. Which is why I think the Pump Peelz stickers are clever, cute, and customizable. The genius is in the simplicity of the idea: a sticker on the exterior of your device to give it some personality.
Behold! A Dexcom G4 receiver, ready for its close-up:
My receiver is wearing the Little Polka dots, and yes, I already treated the low.
Founded by high school sweethearts (awwww!) Emily Hixon (diagnosed with T1D a few years ago and currently a Pump Peelz exec and photographer) and Scott Imblum, Pump Peelz are stickers specially created for Dexcom G4 receivers, Omnipods (Gen 1 & 2), and VerioIQ meters to give a little boost to these often unfriendly-looking devices.
As someone who is fine with a plain insulin pump and a plain meter and doesn't make a habit of fashionably fiddling with my devices, I was surprised at how much I liked the new look of my Dexcom receiver. Maybe a little bling is good for my insulin-deprived soul. Or maybe the toddler in my house has convinced me that stickers are awesome. Either way.
You can check Pump Peelz by visiting their website, and you can stick them to your devices through the magic of those sticky stickers. Go, science!
Disclosure: The Pump Peelz team sent me items to review at no cost to me.