I've blathered on about the challenges of being a woman, wearing a pump and trying to be and feel stylish. Others have too. With all due respect to the pump engineers, it feels like they assume that everyone wears waistbands ALL THE TIME, regardless of gender, so a nice plastic clip is all you'll ever need. I've whined about the pathetic option we women have been given, of strapping the pump to our legs like we're some kind of modern day pirate, if we have the gaul to want to wear a dress once in a while. It's not the end of the world by any means but still, it's kind of demoralizing when the rest of the female world just gets to go with the fashion flow, while we're left the worry about how to deal with the lumpy, life giving brick attached to our bodies.
Case in point: I personally love the diane von furstenburg wrap dress. It's been around forever and given half the chance, I'd buy about a thousand of them to wear as a part of my perfect uniform. They're sassy, grown-up, comfortable and very flattering. But please, barring the velcro pirate trick, it's not going to work with my friend the pump. Somehow I can't imagine the body hugging silhouette working with you know what attached, well, anywhere. Sigh. I guess I have to pass on this particular fashion moment.
But sometimes, on the other hand, the fashion stars do align and there are some sweet choices that can work for a diabetic gal such as myself. Take for instance, the rise of the empire waisted silhouette. Fabulous! I've always loved the look and now, thanks to the shifting winds of fashion, there are a myriad of fantastic options to choose from. Pretty dresses, luxurious sweaters, flattering blouses. They are comfortable, very sassy at the moment and guess what, thanks to the design of the garment, no pump is ever going to show it's clunky little face when I'm wearing it. I splurged and got myself an amazing cashmere, empire waist sweater this fall and I love it. I feel groovy and I love the fact that my pump isn't hanging out there like it usually does when I wear my basic jeans, sweater, tee uniform. I'm convinced. I'm looking for more. Because they work. Because I feel less outside of the fun of fashion when I wear it. Because, in the end, I feel better, feeling pretty and sassy and hipper once in a while.
I feel more whole today with my diabetes than I've ever felt before. Whole and normal. But still, that doesn't mean that sometimes I could feel just a little more so, thanks to a groovy, cashmere sweater.