My advice: If you find a a swimsuit ( or anything else for that matter) that works for you and your insulin pump and makes you feel great - Don't worry about what others think .
BUY IT - AND BUY IT IN SEVERAL COLORS. "AND WORK IT, GURL !"
|My offensive/insulin pump friendly A.B.S.Swimsuit, except mine is black - Love the lilac, though!|
Swimsuit above appears different on me. And by "different I mean I'm no size 0, nor am I twig like. I still love this suit -And so does my insulin pump!
So it was my first weekend on the beach and I was happy to be there. It was a hot and and steamy Memorial Day weekend and the beach was a welcome relief. There was a breeze by the ocean’s edge and the water was ice cold.
I spent a lot of time talking with friends, watching their kids disregard the cold water temps and boogie board like pros!
With my feet in the cold water and my insulin pump securely clipped to the V part of my my one piece, (see above pic) all was right in my world.
As I took my turn watching my friends kids coast in the waves and being silly, a woman (who I'd never met in my life,) looked me up and down and said: So I guess you bought that swimsuit so you’d have an interesting place to put your cell phone while you hung out near the lifeguard stand.
Now, lets get a few things straight.
- Everyone one standing by the water, but not actually swimming in it, hangs out near the life guard stand , especially if their children ( or their friends children are swimming) because people can only swim in front of the actual life guard stand and even though there are life guards - You feel compelled to watch the kids - It "takes a village after all."
- The lifegards are young enough to be my nephews - So I’m not trying to pick them up, thankyouverymuch!
- Re the V-neckline cut of my suit: Not that I need to explain my fashion choices to anyone, especially this bitch, but I wear one piece swimsuits with a V neck design because I can clip my pump easily and securely to the V part of the suit - and as you can see from the picture above, the suit's design was perfect for wearing an insulin pump. And if truth be told, the V-neck swimsuit look works for me. If you don’t like it, that's OK, but I don't need your opinion - Especially If I don't know you.
- And I didn’t know this lady from Adam and quite frankly, I didn’t like her snarky/ judgmental tone.
And in my head I was like: LISTEN BITCH, I invented the snarky tone, lady - Don’t mess with me, my insulin pump, or swimsuit fashion choice - You won’t win!
Instead I said: Actually, it’s an insulin pump, not a phone. And I bought the suit because I look great in it - OBVIOUSLY. And the fact that I can clip my pump in the front SECURELY is an added bonus. Thanks for noticing, though!
Lady: Oh... I just thought that you know, it was your phone.
(SIDEBAR: In my head I'm thinking, SO WHAT IF IT WAS a phone - why do you feel the need to judges someone for their cellphone/insulin pump placement? )
It’s so crazy to bring a phone to the beach and it seems like everyone does. I’m really sorry. WOW, Diabetes - You look really good for having diabetes.
Me: Actually, I look MAGNIFICENT - And this is what diabetes looks like.
And then I turned and looked towards my friends kids who were splashing and jumping and being silly, and shouting at me to continually watch them splash, jump and be silly. I waved back, told them they were doing a great job and focused on them, essentially ending the conversation right then and there.
Because I don't owe anyone an explanation on my insulin pump or my fashion choice and I had much better things to do.