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[IP] letting it all hang out
> How do you do the little know thing under the tape to keep
> it from catching on to things? My mom is always yelling at
> me for having my tubing show and is afraid of it catching on
> to something.
Well in my personal opinion, and since my mother does the same, I'd say yell
back at her! It's kinda like yelling at you for letting your arm dangle from
your shoulder like that...the pump is a part of YOU...where you go, it goes,
and however YOU are comfortable toting it around is YOUR business, and no one
else's. If she is really just worried about you hurting yourself by ripping
it out, perhaps on a day when you are gonna change anyway, walk up to her and
give the tubing a good jerk. Chances are good that it won't pull out, but
even if it does, you will prove to her that you are not experiencing any
pain...as a mom, she may be worried that pulling on it will hurt her baby who
is already experiencing so much pain in her life. People always ASSUME that
yanking on things hurts, but it doesn't always, and it is not like it lasts
more than 1/8th of a second. Sometimes a string around a loose tooth, a
doorknob and a sadistic brother is quite painless!
On the other hand, if, like my mother, the tubing hanging out like that
embarrasses her, then, I highly recommend you get some fluorescent paint and
paint the tubing BRIGHT ORANGE...and tell her to mind her own beeswax...she
will have to deal with YOUR diabetes as bet she can.
As I have said before, BE PROUD, BE LOUD, BE BUMPY
Now, the "knot" thing people refer to is actually a little loop of tubing
taped to your skin. Theoretically, if you do drop the pump or pull on the
tubing, it will tug on the taped down loop, BEFORE it tugs on the insertion
set...In my experience, the aggravation of having to tape the loop to me,
having to redo it every time I disconnect or sweat more than a tiny bit is
just not worth the effort. The stickiness of the tape makes the black fuzz
of my clothes stick to me, it pulls on the occasional hair (yes I am
descended from apes, if you believe in evolution...) I can't be bothered to
constantly worry about catching the tubing or ripping the set out...why waste
the energy, if it rips out, so what...it probably needed to be changed
and to Saundra's daughter, Rachel - you GO girl!! If it is limelight you
want, I recommend acting over being a politician, seems a lot "safer." Just
be prepared to have your own personal insurance policy...cuz I tell ya what,
if I had known THEN what I know NOW about how tough it is to get insurance, I
probably would have studied business!!!
> I would definately go for different color tubing!...I wonder if the
> current tubing glows under a blacklight?
...the tubing itself doesn't glow, but if there are any white spaces in it
where the two layers of plastic have separated, they DO glow - kinda neat!!!
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