Charlie’s first Christmas party

20 12 2008

Last year was Lucy’s first Christmas. She hung out in the back of a very strappy blue dress.  This year, though, I had two girls to keep track of.  Target to the rescue!

black-dress

OMG, this dress is so awesome.  I wore it two other times before this party and it’s just great.  The shoes kick ass too.  And you can never go wrong with pearls.  (Ignore my hair, this was taken after the party ><)  I also wore a shawl for some of the night too.

black-dress-shawl

However, here is the best part of the dress:

black-dress-pockets

That’s right.  This dress has pockets.  FTW.  All I had to do was cut a little slit in the inside of each pocket so I could slip my tubing through.  I also added a little velcro to keep the slit shut.  I had absolutely zero trouble bolusing or checking Charlie or anything.

I totally can manage my diabetes and look fantastic at the same time.  =)

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Tucked away

12 08 2008

Here’s where all of my devices were tucked away.

  1. CGMS sensor. This was the only thing you could see. I could not figure out a better way to wear this, and I’m pretty sure no one noticed. The photographer was really great about making sure my left arm was facing away from the camera.
  2. Lucy. She was clipped to my bra. Normally she doesn’t really work there because I’m pretty small, but the style of the dress lent itself to hiding her pretty well.
  3. Tubing. I tried to run this down the side seam as well as I could.
  4. Infusion site. This was on my hip, right at the seam. You could only see if I pointed it out.
  5. Charlie. She was tucked away in a Leg Thing that I purchased. Those things are freaking awesome.
  6. Starburst. There was enough room in the Leg Thing for me to stash about 4 Starburst. Those came in handy.

Checking Charlie was pretty easy.  I just crossed my right leg over my left and pulled up my dress a touch.  No big deal at all.  Bolusing was a little trickier, but by eating time, no one was paying attention to me anyway, so I was able to reach down my dress without anyone caring.

For the ceremony, I turned off all the CGMS alarms and put Lucy on the lowest beep possible.  For pictures and the reception, I went ahead and turned the alerts back on.  They were very useful for when I went low while dancing!

Overall it was a fantastic day and I wish DP all the best.  =)





Dresses and diabetes devices

11 08 2008

My best friend DP got married on Saturday, and I got to be a bridesmaid. Everything was absolutely beautiful and my diabetes was pretty easy to manage. I am still really excited about how well I was able to “hide” everything.

So, how many diabetes-related items can you spot?

If you count each part of the pump separately (pump itself, tubing, infusion site), there should be 6 things. I will post tomorrow with all the juicy details!





Tentative solution

4 03 2008

After Jeff‘s comment that he uses a sport armband, I was reminded that I, in fact, actually own one as well.  So, I decided to test it out.

Here is me in a dress that is vaguely similar in style to the one I will be wearing at the wedding.  The one for the wedding is more flow-y past the knees, and the sheer overlay thing is over the whole dress and not just a little strip thing.  Also, it is a fantastic blue instead of this ugly pink that clashes with my pale, pale skin.

pink dress

Now, here is where you can see where I stashed Lucy.  She is right below my knee, a little to the back.  This armband is not the most 100% comfortable thing, but it will do for a one hour wedding service and resulting reception.  Also, I will not be wearing those silly socks.  It just happened to be what I had on.  =)  (Note, the left sock is actually a knee sock as well, it’s just pushed down)

Lucy incognito

I am pretty sure I can rig things so that there will be no alarms during the ceremony.  It will just take some advance planning on my part.  Thanks all, for your tips and tricks.  I will probably have to give an update once the dress actually comes in around April or so.

And now you have all seen my legs on the internet.  Ugh.





Ball gowns and boluses

4 01 2008

Sorry this is so late, but the holidays absolutely killed my free time.

In early December, GiR’s work had a fancy Christmas party.  This way my first year with Lucy, so I wasn’t sure what to do.  I went through every single dress I owned to find one that could house Lucy without A) looking stupid or B) making it tricky to bolus.  Here’s what I ended up with:

blue dress back

blue dress side

Amusingly enough, this is my old prom dress!  I wore a backless/strapless bra and used a slightly different clip than I normally do.  I was able to slip Lucy out when I needed to bolus and snap her back in after.  I didn’t have to use Ryan’s help all the time and I didn’t have to reach into my bra or anything weird.

It was a multi-course meal, and I was sooooo glad I had Lucy this time around.  In the past, I just didn’t eat some of the courses because I didn’t want to bolus again.  Lucy makes this way easier.  =D

Also during the night, I found someone who was semi-recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  He told me all about how he wasn’t taking care of himself and was on a ton of pills and almost went on insulin, but decided to get into shape instead.  He lost a ton of weight and went from taking like 6 pills to only 2.  He talked about how he’s taking care of himself for the sake of his kids.  His success story completely brightened my evening and reaffirmed the fact that diabetics are some of the most awesome people out there!  =P  He was also fascinated by my pump and I hope I taught him a few things about Type 1 diabetes.

All in all, it was a great night with good blood sugars, new friends, and a kick-ass dress.