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Posted: Jan 24, 2015

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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Posted: Sep 8, 2013
Vain Little Cat I Am \\^,,^//A few years ago I wrote  a blog about a D-Mum (Joan Benz of T&J Design) who made great pump leg holders for those of us who like to wear a dress from time to time.  They were made to fit you like a glove and didn't slip down.  I'd tried a few other similar holders but they either irritated the heck out of my skin or slide down the leg. 

Sadly, the one she had made me, I left behind (how I did that I'll never know and I didn't realise this until many months later) when on holidays in the USA a few years ago.  When I decided to purchase another one - and at the time she was making them in black instead of the original white - I was going to purchase two.  I was disappointed to discover she would no longer ship outside of the USA - no matter how much I pleaded with her (a cat pleading is really cute).  Mainly this was due to time involved in going to post office, customs/duty forms.  Let's just say I was extremely disappointed.

Time Ticking By

I did manage to purchase similar material that she made hers out of at that point - with the intentions of making my own version - but so far - time has ticked by - SCREAM - and I've just not found the time - tick, tock, tick, tock.  I have found other ways to wear my pump though when wearing a dress - tucked in a sports bra - except when it comes to wearing a more skin showing dress - a sports bra just doesn't work well.  I've actually removed the pump when I do want to wear something "skimpy" - using a pen needle with rapid insulin to stay in the "zone" for a short time  - but it's kind of a drag - so I don't do that too often.  Ohhhh - I'm such a vain Fashionista!!

Just now, I came across a link by KimChal - that tells you how to make your own in EIGHT EASY STEPS.  It's not difficult to follow (I do sew for a living for other people - so of course - it may be easier for me than some of you).  If you don't sew - you can always sweeten up a friend that does - and they'll make one for you - that will custom fit it to YOU.

If any of you give it a try - either post your results here - and of course - let  KimChal know!!!  I did tell her that I was posting her instructions here at - so maybe she'll come by and say hi to us all (or look for us in the DOC - Diabetic Online Community via Facebook / Twitter / G+ ).

Dreaming of wearing a slinky dress - with my thigh pump holder .....

NB:  The hyperlink for my blog hyperlink  - still works (some have said it doesn't - I triple dipple test every link I put in my blogs to make it easier for you).  Sadly though Joan Benz is no longer in business - taking a break from sewing (I know the feeling - I used to do the same - full time job / sewing on the side).  She is still involved in JDRF events though (her daughter is a T1D).
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