Monday, April 7, 2014


Wearing an insulin pump certainly comes with its fair share of issues. They aren’t enough to make me think of every NOT wearing one, but there are issues. Something that you nearly always hear from women insulin pumpers is how annoying it is to wear a dress AND an insulin pump. In fact, I can’t even count the number of times this has come up in conversations that I’ve had with other women with diabetes.

There have been so many blog post written about it. More than I could even tag here. Where to wear your insulin pump when you’re in a dress…. Oh my. I’ve shared with so many women and had them share their stories and tips with me and I LOVE it. Almost as much as I love dresses. But in truth, I’m the world’s WORST for buying dresses and not wearing them.

I love dresses. I love pretty things. I love to wear them. But I hate to wear them at the same time. Because in wearing a dress, my insulin pump (and in turn, my cgms) become inaccessible. Or at least way more difficult to be accessible. So, I don’t wear dresses that often. I buy them. And don’t wear them.

But I recently discovered something. Target has dresses with pockets. Really! Pockets! Pockets in a dress make an insulin pump the easiest thing EVER. Just a seam ripper to take a couple of stitches out, and I can thread my pump tubing through the pocket. And I have easy access to my pump AND I can wear a dress.

So far, I’ve purchased 3 dresses with pockets. And in the past two weeks, I’ve worn more dresses on more days than I’ve probably worn in 6 months. I love it. I want more of them. In fact, I want them ALL. Dresses with pockets make me more fashion happy than I’ve been in a long time. I know that with some minor alterations, any dress could have pockets added. But I’m too lazy to make the alterations myself and too cheap to pay someone to make the alterations.

Really, I can’t be the only woman who likes a dress with pockets. For any reason, not just insulin pumps. Pockets in general are just nice. Why don’t more dresses have them? What about you other ladies out there? Have you found dresses with pockets? Where???? I need a few (dozen) more.


Sherry said...

you just buy any dress you want and I'll make sure it gets a pocket in it! I just found a couple with no pocket and I made myself a slip with a pocket. Nice idea.....pump is in there. Bad idea.....can't get to it.
I think I'd better put pockets in both our dresses!

Meri said...

I think dresses with pockets are brilliant, and even more so because they make you happy!

Hooray for the win!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to read this post about the challenges of wearing a dress with a pump. I still give injections and recently wrote about the scenarios that have kept me from desiring a pump. I wear a dress most days and couldn't begin to give up 98% of my closet.

I used to work in the retail world and witnessed the addition of pockets in dresses. I was actually frustrated because they add a little fluff to my hips (problem zone). I will have to change my tune because I am so glad to hear that they serve a purpose above and beyond caring my lipstick or keys.

I would love for you to check out my post about this specific topic, Handcuffed In A Pump Prison,