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Pump Tube & Inner Tube

October 17, 2013

I think one of the greatest things about living in the Boston area are the social sports leagues. However, since I live outside of the city, and don’t have a “typical” 9-5 job, I have to be very particular about which sports I sign up for. What particular actually means is that it has to fit my schedule and it needs to have nearby parking. Right now I’m playing Inner Tube Water Polo. So why am I telling you about it now? Well first of all, it’s awesome. Second, diabetes is a little unpredictable. I am really glad that I have the Animas because I am much better at defense than offense. This also means that I have spurts of exercise, but not constant exercise. I have used a -50% basal an hour before and during the game. This does not mean I’ve had good BGs while in the pool. Last week I had a crazy amount of airheads and sometimes I’ve been high. As far as the airheads go, I over treated, but, being low in the water is one of the scariest things about diabetes, to me.

  1. I wrap my pump around the hip/waist band of my bathing suit. One night the tubing got caught in the strap when I got changed, so I had to ask one of the other girls to help me untangle myself. She looked nervous, but I told her not to worry. I was then able to wrap my pump up and tuck it into my bathing suit for safekeeping. Yesterday, for some reason, my pump would not stay on my hip, and kept sliding backwards to the bottom of my bathing suit. TMI? Probably. However, it is real life with diabetes and oh my gawd it was awkward. I tried to fix it not noticeably and I have no idea if I was successful or not.
  2. My CGM life jacket sits on the bleachers and I bring it from side to side with me. Since I play defense, I am never too far from it, and it is the best security blanket I could have.
  3. Last week my pump site was in my leg and I was really nervous that the tube was going to pull out my site. I used Flexifix over it, and luckily did not have any problems. However, when I got out of the shower, my pump slipped out of my hand and the cap of the reservoir snapped in 2 pieces. I was so mad that I had taken thoughtful precautions, and I still ended up without insulin. (In order to get the reservoir out of the pump, I had to grip it with my teeth. In case anyone is wondering, insulin tastes gross.)
  4. Yesterday my Dexcom site was <24 hours old and working amazingly. When I put my bathing suit on, I realized that Dex was sitting just outside my bathing suit and right near my tube. I was really nervous when I realized this. I definitely bumped it a few times and at the end of the game felt a stab of pain. I knew that it was done, even though it was mostly still stuck to my body. But changing out of my bathing suit proved to be too much of a battle for the sensor site. I was pissed, but I also enjoyed being able to talk about it with my teammate who is a nurse.

We all know that diabetes is involved in everything, but making it work is one of the most important things to do (IMO).

My swim bag, loaded with sugar

My swim bag, loaded with sugar

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2013 2:17 PM

    Making it work is also one of the hardest things to do. Congrats on pulling it all together.

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