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That Clip, Though.

I’ve been using the t:slim pump for the better part of a year now, and over the last few months (here’s a handy disclosure that you should read for context on my relationship with Tandem), I’ve appreciated the new set of options that the t:slim has brought into my diabetes life.

… man, that sounds a little formal.  I’m too pregnant for formality at the moment.  (My feet have officially given up on being feet and refuse any covering other than socks or flip flops, and my son is moving visibly as I type, making sitting close to my desk a challenge. Eff formality.)  The reasons for the t:slim being a badass addition to my diabetes management RIGHT THIS SECOND are that I can take a bolus in a matter of seconds without scrolling through fifty different screens, I can edit my basal or insulin:carb needs with a few beeps, and the 300 unit reservoir is going to come in handy these last few weeks of pregnancy.

One challenge I’ve historically had with the t:slim pump, however, is the clip that is shipped out with it.  For me, the clip was a little bulkier than I preferred and also not as secure as I needed.  I wanted streamlined and secure, and as my pregnant body expands and clothing options like “pockets” and “waistbands” have been shoved into the distance.  I need my pump clip to be able to hang on by a thread.

This one works great, though:

I love this clip. #tslim #diabetes #insulinpump

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A friend suggested this clip to me and gave me one of theirs, but since trying it out, I’ve keep a spare or two on hand because it seriously solves all of my pump clip troubles.  The tape is very secure and I’ve had the same pump clip stay successfully stuck for the last six months.  I have no relationship with the company who makes the clip, and this is not an affiliate link or anything like that, but if you want to try out a pump clip for your t:slim (or any other pump) that is subtle, streamlined, and strong, this Nite Ize Hip Clip is worth a shot.

Hey! An informative post! Who saw that coming? Not me. Bring on the cat gifs.

cat filing his nails

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brittaney #

    I read your first blog about this clip when you first got it, and I immediately bought the same one on Amazon! I hated the t:slim clip so I never wore it. But this clip you suggested has changed my life! Mine also has not yet fallen off. Thank you again for the suggestion! Life saver. It’s the little things that make all the difference! 🙂

    08/3/16; 11:13 pm
  2. Sandy T #

    Oh my goodness. Is it bad that one of the main reasons I didn’t get the tslim was because of the clip? That’s pathetic. The rep I was dealing with didn’t understand. The thing dug into me. I’m not going to wear something that hurt after five minutes. And I always clip it on, pumps always fall out of my pockets.
    So it’s GREAT to see this option. Thank you! And best of luck these last few weeks.

    08/4/16; 8:48 am
  3. It seems to always be the clips. For years the Medtronic clip was rock solid, then I started churning through one a month. Now whatever they did has been reversed, thank goodness. If I were to tell manufacturers one thing it is never skimp on clip design.

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes.org blog page for the week of August 1, 2016.

    08/4/16; 10:08 pm

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