Sundresses and Swimsuits

With apologies to Karen, I am only partially writing about today’s topic. The prompt had us thinking about our fantasy diabetes device.

When your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme. ~ Jiminy Cricket


While I don’t think any of my devices are a fantasy (that would be a cure, right?), I think that each of my devices has seen improvements in my nine short years with diabetes.

It seems cynical and maybe even a little critical of the industry, but I think as the population ages and the percentage of people with diabetes continues to increase, diabetes related products will continue to improve in form and function to stay competitive in the market.

Instead of focusing on a fantasy device of the future, I wanted to share an update about an “almost fantasy” I am living in right now.

Way back in late February my warranty expired on my pump. The benefits year for my health insurance is April 1 – March 31 so I had obviously met my deductible for the year. It was the perfect time to make a switch and begin pumping with the Animas Ping.

Except that “timing” was everything. An unfortunate situation with pump settings and the leap year took my desired pump off the market two weeks right before the end of my benefits year. Knowing that it would be several hundred more dollars to purchase a pump in the next benefits year, I was really worried about what to do.

One of the fantasies of great diabetes technology is a company that really cares about its customers. My pump representative called or texted (TEXTED!) me almost daily with any updates he had on the situation, and assured me he was still working on it.

After several days with no end in sight and a rapidly approaching benefits deadline, I received a glorious phone call. They found a solution. The Ping was still not available for sale BUT they could sell me the Animas 2020. Then, when the Ping was available again, I upgraded to the new device.

It seems like such an easy solution – but with insurance companies involved rest assured that nothing is ever THAT easy. There were a lot of people involved with making this happen and I am very thankful to each of them.

Is wearing a pump actually a fantasy for me? No, not really.

But wearing a pump that fits into the life I want to live is as close to a fantasy as I am going to get for a while.

If you looked in my closet a month ago, I would have asked you why you were in my closet but you also would have noticed that there were not many dresses – mostly just skirts and tops.

Now that I can bolus from a remote I’ve found myself spending more time in the dress section of the store. Just this past weekend, I went to my first wedding post-Ping. Usually weddings mean separate pump retrievals for appetizers, the main course, and (most importantly) the cake. I could never store my pump “up top” like some girls, so I always had to excuse myself to bolus. It is a ridiculous “fantasy” to be able to enjoy a wedding without multiple unnecessary trips to the bathroom.

I was looking back at pictures I took at Friends for Life last year and I noticed something interesting about a photo I captured in the exhibit hall. For the caption of this photo I wrote one simple thing when I uploaded it.

I want a waterproof pump (written in July 2011)

I went swimming a few weeks ago and it was such an odd experience to get in the water with everything still attached. If it was weird for me, I can’t imagine how it looked to all the people around me who saw a girl getting into the water with tubes, adhesive patches, and plastic pieces attached to every limb.

Sundresses and swimsuits. That is my fantasy.

Now if I could take my fantasy to the next level, I would ditch my Dexcom receiver and get all my information on one device*.

*without moving to a different country of course

**This post was not sponsored by anyone or anything but my dreams.

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. ~ Goethe


  • I think this is one of the reasons I really like MDI. I don’t consider it so much a valid reason…but, it’s the reality. All those adhesives and tubing had me so frustrated for so long… I look forward to improvements in that area. Great post.

  • Very realistic for sure!
    I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have to dive into my cleavage. Go swimming with it? that’s proposterous! 🙂 I haven’t decided yet if I will switch when my warranty runs out but this post makes me want to wear a summer dress again!

  • Hello Sara, I think I recognize you. Did you post on Diabetes Daily in years past? I remember liking the posts/blogs written there by you(?) I like your writing style, very skillful.

    I ditched my Dexcom when I lost my secondary insurance and found that Medicare would not cover a CGM. Now I have spent so much to buy a new Dexcom package. I will buy sensors for special occasions like vacations, and times when my schedule will be way out of the ordnary.

    • Richard – you found me! I did, in fact, post there. I starting writing more here about a year ago and recently moved all my posts back over here.

      Sorry to hear about your CGM troubles. I have come to really rely on mine now – for better or worse.

  • I can’t wait until next fall when my warranty is up and I can make the switch to Animas – I’m crossing my fingers for Dexcom integration by then!! 🙂

  • awesome awesome AWESOME. the remote is the MAIN reason my kid wants to switch from mm to ping. (see also: waterproof). she doesn’t even wear dresses very often, but when she does, it’s just a total draaaaag not to have that remote.


  • Interesting perspective, Sara. While I don’t have experience in the pump while dress wearing world (really, I swear), I’m with you on the info all be merged into one device and available here in the U.S. that’s a great footnote, by the way! I’m pretty impressed with all the great customer service you got, and that would be one of my fantasies that I’ve yet to experience. Thanks for sharing this!

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