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Re: [IP] communal dressing rooms
Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I don't know that I especially wish I hadn't
done all those years on the pump. I do know though that there were times that a
rest might have been in order. I've read that women who grow up as diabetics
tends to be terribly responsible and organized adults. Don't know how true that
is in general but of the women I've known with childhood diabetes that does seem
to be a trend. I just get concerned about parents so excited about a good thing
they fail to notice the problems and help teenagers -- especially older teenagers
who are often assumed to be self-reliant -- deal with them.
Never really solved the wedding dress problem. Put the pump inside my stockings.
Slight bulge in the dress. Oh well, I guess. I got everything in a husband and a
wedding that I could ever have hoped for. I just didn't look as beautiful as I've
never been anyway. Small loss. Biggest problem was that I couldn't eat for much
of the day b/c getting to the bathroom was cumbersome and I was kept pretty busy.
:-). The bites of food I got were terrific and everyone else told as how
wonderful it was -- I think I was too nervous and excited to notice anyway.
Bulges aside, everyone's wedding day should only be so lovely.
> Hey Ruth!
> Hope you got over that fear of showing your pump in public by your wedding
> night! <grin> PERSONALLY I have always enjoyed the stares of rude people on
> the beach, or at the gym, or on the subway or whereever I happen to whip it
> out (the pump or meter)
> It is a fact of life with diabetes that you might have some site problems even
> with excellent control, and the scar tissue that develops from the pump in the
> tummy can't be avoided but it can be diminished by rotating - maybe using your
> legs, as I have found since my surgery to be great sites. Also I have found
> excellent results from using loofah sponges and massaging my stomach with
> lotions and potions ot keep the skin soft and elastic.
> I WISH I could go back and re-do my teens and college and grad school years
> with the pump - god what a difference it would have made! but then hindsight
> is 20/20, unlike the retinopathy obscured vision I now have..... I took 2
> weeks "Off" of being diabetic at age 20 and had my first and only
> hospitalization due to DKA - it sucked, and cost my parents a butt load, but
> it made me a more aware person and I wouldn't have traded that 2 weeks off for
> anything - it was my wake up call! and I have spent the subsequent 14 years
> trying to make up for the first 11 ignorant years!
> As for wedding dress...how did you eventually solve the problem? Where did
> you put the pump?
> Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/