Unfortunately, I have found myself watching reruns of Project Runway. At like 1 in the morning. As a result of drinking too much coffee late in the afternoon.
So while I’m watching (and secretly picturing Tim Gunn in feetie pajamas), I can’t help but apply a diabetes spin to this show.
The host, Heidi Klum, would greet everyone with her typical cheeriness. “Your challenge? Take these insulin pumps and … make them fabulous!
And the designers lament dramatically about the burden of this assignment, wearing vests with lancets as buttons or test strips lining the frames of their glasses, or something equally as odd.
“You know, I never gave much thought to my insulin pump but now that it’s part of this challenge, I think I can find the fierce in my pump. I know there’s a happy, vibrant pump crying to get out underneath all that seriousness and plastic.”
And then all the designers toddle off to Mod (or whatever that fabric store is called that they flit around in), only they buy pump skins and stickers and colored tubing and other decorative items. A frantic 24 hours goes by, pumps are redesigned to showcase the wearer’s style and personality, and the most fantastic robotic runway show ensues.
When I first started pumping, I picked a pump that was the most discreet color I could find. It was basically gray, and I kept it as hidden as humanly possible as I adjusted to this external diabetes symptom. It wasn’t that I was shy about my diabetes, but more that I wanted to have my emotions about pumping sorted before I flaunted my new hardware.
But once I reached that comfort level, strange things found their way onto my insulin pump. Like the week that I stuck a gold star to it every time I had a blood sugar between 80 – 140 mg/dl. (Thankfully, it was a good blood sugar week, otherwise that package of stickers would have gone to waste.) Or the few days that my pump had a set of googly eyes stuck to it. Or the time I wrapped it in Christmas paper (during the month of December … don’t worry, I was in season with my décor).
I like that insulin pump companies are picking up on the (not so) subtle cues of the diabetes community. Now, insulin pumps come with colorful pump skins and protective cases, catering to the diabetic who wants to express themselves with their medical device. You can even get an insulin pump in bright, shiny pink or green, if you so choose. The elements of self-expression are growing every year in the insulin pumping arena.
And now that we have our exotically colored pumps, I’m waiting for the next generation of personalization. Will future pumps be able to have a photo printed on them? Will the audio tones be programmable, like ring tones? Will insulin reservoirs come in different colors next? Will my pump eventually have some kind of chameleon casing that matches any outfit I put on? I seriously cannot wait to see what the future of pump design holds.
In any event, I’m looking forward to the runway show. I just hope those models are careful not to trip on any of that tubing.