Why Hide Your Tech …..

In July I received a pm to our Facebook page from Forward Design. They make a band to hold your sensor secure on your arm, price is roughly €30 – €35 depending on model and color.

Initially I thought, yes, great idea for the Libre wearers who are having difficulty keeping a sensor in place either on their own arm or the arm of a child, but my sensor is an Enlite.

The enlite sensor is recommended to be worn on the tummy area but I had decided to try it on my arm for a change and join those who were clearly spreading awareness and making a statement about their Type 1 Tech.

To my delight the accuracy was amazing and even tighter than when worn on my tummy.

Shane from forward design asked me to send him a sensor & transmitter as I would wear it and with his printing technology he said he would make me one for my enlite and I was thrilled at the possibility of being like all the other sensor wearers.

I quickly got on to Medtronic and requested a faulty transmitter be sent to me. ( faulty ? Yes as I only wanted the shape and dynamics of it ) I was already wearing a perfectly good one.

Medtronic very kindly obliged and when it arrived in the post I quickly attached it to a sensor and sent it off to Shane so he could do his stuff.

The initial sketch arrived and then the uncoloured vertion ( see below pitures )

 

 

 

 

 

Then came the really great news, I could have it in whatever color I wanted.

Shane’s motto is !

Why hide your tech – dye it to suit the frock you bought for the wedding…

https://www.ritdye.com/

Now things were getting really interesting.

My Grand daughter calls the sensor & infusion set on my tummy area “my Ouchie’s” because she sees them like plasters on an ouchie just like she gets when she has had blood tests in temple street.

 

Alyssa’s first color to recognize and verbalize was Pink, so grandma  of course had to have a pink ouchie, and here it is……..

Finally the postman arrived and as luck would have it my sensor failed, so without delay a new sensor was deployed and arm band put in place.

It’s comfortable to wear and as the band itself is adjustable there’s no pinching, pity about my bingo wings  though so in case your wondering, no it’s not on too tightly on my arm.

it’s not cutting off my blood supply and my fingers didn’t turn blue with lack of circulation lol.

If I want to wear my sensor on my arm I’m prone to swiping it against a door frame, catching it in a sleeve or in other words making it come off or dislodge in some way. The arm band protects my sensor and transmitter as I go about my daily stuff.

Any image you get here of tightness is a mix of a few too many pounds and old age bingo wings. Iv now been wearing mine with great ease and comfort and my sensor was not at risk of being pulled off with a tight sleeve, twisting and turning in bed at night, and it hasnt budged even though iv swiped it off the door frame a couple of times.

 

Now a little about Shane from forward design.

As a dad of a 9 year old daughter with Type 1 Diabetes, Shane was fully aware of the life-changing condition

and also the massive benefits that technology can bring.  He developed these systems to compliment the technology

to allow people with  T1D to have a comfortable, flexible and removable holder, as they have to be worn 24/7.

They are printed to suit their arms, so the flexible plastic takes the strain – not the elasticated strap on their arm.

you can view videos and learn more Here
Shane now has an online shop for anyone who would like to purchase one for themselves or for a child.
The Shop Link  is here . To make it easy for you to find it then you can start the process for yourself.

 

davina-lyon
I’m Davina, I’m not a professional, just a person with type 1 diabetes sharing experience

 

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION*
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a couple of things.

I have type 1 diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease. Nothing I did, or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There’s is currently no cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body. it’s an autoimmune response where antibodies that normally fight disease mistake a part of our body
(the pancreas in this case) as foreign and attack to destroy it.
When those antibodies attack the insulin-producing islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump it.

Without insulin a person with type 1 diabetes would die. At present it is not known what causes this to happen, and there is no cure.
A person with Type 1 diabetes MUST inject or pump insulin to stay alive.

There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a lifestyle choice is unfair at very least.
A person with Type 2 diabetes, while still producing their own insulin for various reasons their body cannot use it correctly or efficiently.
These people are generally treated with oral medications and sometimes with insulin injections.

Davina Lyon

 Co-Founder of Diabetes T One & A Diabetes Life

 

 

 

 

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