Monday, November 19, 2007

Pumping at a Party.

The party Saturday was pretty good. It was for one of my best friends, Kelly's 17th birthday. She will actually be turning 17 tomorrow. Like I said it freaks me out that I have a friend who is 17! For some reason I still feel like I am in 8th grade. Kelly came to pick me up a little before 5 o'clock. Then she drove us back to her house, which is less than a mile away, to let me see the decorations and to alleviate those hour before the party jitters. I should mention that I haven't seen her since I started pumping. She didn't notice for almost half an hour. When she spotted it, she asked "what's the deal with that?". I explained to her that it was an insulin pump, and instead of taking a bunch of shots every day this would replace 2 of those long acting shots as it "pumped" tiny "shots" of insulin every 3 minutes and then every time I wanted to eat I just punch in a few numbers and it gives the right amount for the food. Kelly is not very mechanical and isn't all that knowledgeable my diabetes care, so I tried to make it simple. You may be wondering why I have best friend who doesn't know a lot about my diabetes. It's just because Kelly is not the type of person where diabetes is going to matter to her. She knows enough about it; how to tell if I'm low, check my sugar, she has seen me take shots etc. I think she was just disappointed that she can no longer jokingly pretend that I do drugs. She also commented that I just looked like a lady at the mall "countin' my steps on her lunch hour".
This is dress I wore:
I'm not sure if you can see it, but there was belt around the waist and it is also a wrap dress. So I ran the pump tubing from my site (on my abdomen) through the interior slit, across the front, to the exterior slit. Then I clipped my little buddy Orin on to the belt on the same side of the exterior slit and we were ready to party! (I hope that all makes sense.)With the pump at my side and close to the slit, I was able to not have a lot of tubing exposed. It was also easy to access to bolus for dinner & cake, as well as enter blood sugars, and make corrections. I topped out the night at 187, which I didn't think was that bad considering all the hooplah.

I haven't posted my Diabetes 365 pictures in awhile. I'll be back tomorrow with those. In the meantime why don't you check out the pool, there are now over 800 pictures.

7 comments:

Donna said...

Jillian,
I'm glad you had fun at the party & I think 187 is great when any party is involved. Your dress was very pretty. And how cool that you were able to incorporate the belt with Orin. That makes things so much easier, doesn't it?

Amylia said...

beautiful dress! cool the pump worked. i think it's funny you friend likened you to a mall walker counting steps. never heard THAT one before!

17 ahhhh so young!

Cara said...

I like the dress! And I like the way you wore the pump. Sometimes we ladies have to get inventive when pumping. :) Like Kerri & her pump pocket with her wedding dress...

Pearlsa said...

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Cara said...

I tagged you. Check out my blog. :)

Shannon said...

You make me feel old when you say it freaks you out to have a friend who turned 17. Thanks ;)

I love the dress!!

Vivian said...

Jillian, I tagged you but others beat me to it. Sorry. Hope you are having a good week.

Vivian