It’s no secret that your diabetes tech is likely to show at the beach.
Almost EVERY time I go, people always come up and ask me what my insulin pump is.
Or what my Dexcom is.
Or why I have oddly shaped tape on my body.
Or (fill in the blank with everything imaginable)
While I was in college, a kid came up to me and thought my pump was a video game. I told him it was an automatic tattoo maker, since it left a nice tan line. He fell for it.
Most of the time, I simply just say what it is: it’s my insulin pump for my diabetes. This statement always seems to be taken as an invitation by other people to start listing all the stereotypical statements about diabetes:
“Well you don’t look like you have diabetes.”
“Wait, you’re not fat.”
“Only old people get diabetes.”
What does diabetes even look like?! A friendly PSA: there is no definition.
I know many who would agree with me in suggesting that more people were aware of terms like glucose, insulin pump and CGM, blood sugars, normal blood sugars, and a whole host of other terms that are part of a diabetic’s daily life.
Wear your diabetes tech with pride. Be proud of it. Educate people and answer what may seem like awkward questions from those who are curious. Remember that you are representing an awesome family of people who live with it too!