Prepping for Prom with an Insulin Pump

Prom

The great group of friends, check. The corsage, check. The special dress, check. Where to wear an insulin pump? Still trying to figure that out. This is what the check list sounded like as one of our customers named Kelly prepared for prom. One of the important events in a teenager’s life is getting the opportunity to go to prom. When you have diabetes and an insulin pump it takes just a little extra planning. But, like Kelly, if you think through your options before hand, you can have a blast as you dance the night away! Have your own tips to share? Be sure to tell us in the comments how you wear your pump when you’re dressed up in a fancy dress or tux!

As if going to prom doesn’t cause enough drama and anticipation, try dealing with the many complications of prom AND diabetes! Last year I was a junior, it was my first prom and I was a little nervous to say the least. However, dealing with my diabetes and insulin pump at the prom was much easier than expected. From the beginning I was worried about where to put my pump, as I always am when trying on clothes. I purchased a strapless bra to wear underneath my strapless dress and decided to put my pump on the side of my dress where my arm covers it. This worked perfectly because it was comfortable and didn’t get in the way of my dancing.

Putting my pump in my bra doesn’t work with all clothing items but, luckily, there are several alternatives. I have a thigh pouch that wraps around my leg and has an attached pocket to put my pump in. Another way around the challenging feat of dressing cute while being practical is wearing a pair of tight shorts, like spandex, and placing the pump in between the waistband and your skin.

When it comes to long dresses, the tricky thing was when it came time to eat. If I were wearing a short dress I would just slip my pump out of my bra and down the bottom of the dress, however, with a long dress that is neither practical nor accessible. There are ways around this little complication, though. For example, girls are always willing to go to the bathroom whether or not they actually have to go, and I took advantage of the group bathroom trips. When it was time to bolus I asked the girls at my table if anyone wanted to go to the bathroom (they all did…and the guys at my table jokingly rolled their eyes) and there I was able to pull out my pump, simple as that. If you’re comfortable, you can pull out your pump at the table and bolus there. There are many options and one may work better for you than another but that is entirely up to you. Finding a dress for prom is exciting and aggravating, but finding a place for your pump doesn’t have to be. Be creative and try different placements to find what is best for you? there is no right answer!

We all know that diabetes seems to dominate life patterns. What you eat, when you eat, and how you look at your health. I just assumed that prom was another one of those things that diabetes affected and boy was I wrong. That night, I was just a teenager dancing like crazy and singing at the top of my lungs. Diabetes was still in the back of my mind, but the fact that I had a hidden pump in my dress and had to take a few trips to the bathroom to test my blood sugar didn’t stop me from having a blast.

Diabetes doesn’t stop me from doing the things I love. Sure, there are several obstacles and thought processes that I have to go through that my friends don’t. The difference between living a life with diabetes and living life is the attitude you take in every frustrating situation that accompanies diabetes. You can be sure that I am the girl in the front row at every sporting game screaming her heart out, the girl on the volleyball court having the time of her life, and the girl eating pizza with her best friends, but I will never be known as the girl with diabetes.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.
- Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.
- Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

For more information, visit MedtronicDiabetes.com/isi.

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