Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wearing Diabetes on Your Sleeve

Recently I've started wearing my pump sites on my arms to give my abdomen a rest. Also, I fell up the concrete stairs yesterday and my whole tummy is basically a giant bruise. Anyway, having an arm site and wearing short sleeves does lead to a lot of sideways looks, and a couple of comments from people who sit next to me in class.

"What... what is that?" in a hushed voice from the girl in my chemistry class.

"Uh, you've got a... something stuck to your arm. Did you know?" from the girl next to me in my psychology class.

"What the hell did you do to your arm? That looks like it hurt!" from the guy on my other side in psych. This one was my personal favorite.

I take the opportunity to give them a little insight on diabetes. "Oh, it's not a big deal. I have diabetes, and it's for my insulin pump. It's how I get medicine" is usually enough. I try to make them not feel bad or embarrassed for not knowing. So far, so good. 


  1. Always a good time to educate! I had a lady almost rip my pod off of me once. Also have been asked if it's birth control or nicotine (yes sir, I'm seriously addicted to cigarettes).

    1. I always educate when I can! Man, that would be a LOT of nicotine.

  2. I love wearing my pod on my arm and answering questions about it!