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Wearing a dress with medical gadgets


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Jan 24, 2015 18:39
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  • Wearing a dress with medical gadgets

    I've always been abit of a fashionista ... I live in Montreal ... that doesn't help ... as fashion abounds here.  Despite working from a home office, and just lounging around in comfy clothing, sometimes I like to go out and become a wild cat ... and slick my fur  to look elegant and demure ;)

    Since going onto the pump in 2008, I've had to change the type of clothing I wear due to accessing the pump to bolus and do other functions.  I had tried a thigh holder, but sadly the lady no longer makes them, and didn't give me much advise on where to get the products she used to make them. I attempted to make a few, from similar materials, but failed. Testing them out meant the pump was dropping as far as the tubing it would allow it to go as the spandex leg band I'd made slid further, further down.

    Diabetes Depot, a Canadian company (and run by a few staff with diabetes - including the pharmacist Tino Montopoli) deals with products for diabetics.   He sells the American product called GirlyGoGarter.  I did some research on it last year, but the website/Tino didn't have much info about measurements for the thigh area.  Because it's considered lingerie, you cannot return it, so if I had ordered up the incorrect size, I would have been stuck with something I couldn't use. 

    They show women with just about everything but the kitchen sink in this velcro held lacy/strechy band around the upper thigh that is backed with a rubber type of material (similar to what you would find with stay up stockings).  They are running, dancing, walking and with what many of them have stuffed into it, it's not going down.  So, I was sold and decided to order one this week despite the no return policy (it's lingerie so can't be returned like many stores do).

    For myself, I am doing some test runs with it, and as you see in the picture below, with my insulin pump Ziggy and his side kick Dexcom receiver ... there is more room for other medical devices like the FreeStyle Lite meter that I may place in one of the many pockets on the lace band.  You can place items within the lace bit like I've done OR for security, there is a inner spandex band that will hold things more secure.  I gave it a good test, running up/down stairs,  chasing the cats around the house, sitting down, getting up ... no slippage unlike the other leg pump holders I've had over the years.

    I don't usually promote devices that are commercially made, but for diabetic gals who like to wear a dress from time to time ... I'm giving this a thumbs up. 

    The nice thing is, even if I go to MDI (multiple dose injections) like I do from time to time when I take a pump break ... this will still come in handy to keep my needles, etc. if I don't wish lug an over the shoulder boulder holder and at same times have my hands free! 

    Check out the website for more info ... and if you live in Canada ... you can buy it directly from Diabetes Depot for $39.95.  The measurements are pretty accurate and the suggestion of going to a smaller size worked out for me. My thigh measurement was just at the beginning of the largest size possible in their product line.  If I had not done this, it would be too large.

    Hope this helps any of you facing similar situations of where to keep medical devices, other objects that will leave you looking less bulking with devices around your waist line, etc.

    Back to dreaming of being in warm climate ... with bare legs (oh - this only works on bare legs ... but according to GirlyGoGarter ... they are working on a new product that will be for those women who wear it over tights, etc.)

    NB:  I had written a blog a few years ago with a link for instructions to make one ... I have yet to give that a go ... but if you can't afford to buy one ... have the time ... check out this link to learn how.  One day, I'll manage to find the time, but I just happened to luck in on having some cash to splash for a treat to myself.

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 26, 2015 23:10 PM

     Hey Miss Rosetta!

    Glad to hear from another diabetic that has used these.  I was placing my pump in the pocket behind the lace, since I wear the Animas Ping which means I don't have to pull out the pump to bolus, etc.  and use the remote instead.  I'm hoping by keeping the pump in that area, there will be less stress on the lace (did you know you can store stuff in the "behind the lace" pocket???

    Ouch on the stretching out so fast!  Did you write to "Girly Go Garter" to tell them about this?  

    Since I sew, I wish I could find the grip fabric that they use ... since I'd make my own ... but I've not had much luck in finding anything like that for the home sewer!!!  

    Lucky you ... going to the Med ... one day ... hope to be there ... if I get the guts to sail across the ocean ... and have the time to do it :)  


    By: : Feb, 25, 2015 00:58 AM

    I have the "Girly Go Garter" as well and love it because it makes me feel pretty while wearing my pump. I often feel like the bionic woman with this contraption attached to me lol. But garters are sexy, so this product really helps my self esteem. A couple of drawbacks though... I wore it everyday for about 3mos and the lace already has a massive hole in it from where I was putting my pump. Also, the medium was too small to put on my upper thigh, so I bought the large. Well, now the large has stretched out so much that it does not stay put on the largest part of my leg, at the tightest position. Very unfortunate that I already have to replace it after only 3mos!  It is available for purchase on Amazon for $35, so looks like I'll be ordering a new one in Med. soon...



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