Medtronic. She ain't waterproof!!
After my last learning experience with the hot tub, I didn't want that to happen again. The weather for the race on Sunday was pretty miserable. It called for a lot of rain all day long. I couldn't take any risks hoping for no downpour. It did rain for the entire duration of the race. I was wearing my CGM and needed to check on it throughout the race so I needed my pump to be accessible AND visible. I would have just shoved it in a bag and put it in a pocket or something otherwise.
So here is how I did it. With some good old fashioned Duct Tape and Ziplock bags.
Step 1: Gather necessary items!
Step 2: Cut hole for belt clip
Step 3: Get jiggy with the Duct Tape sealing up the baggy. I cut the baggy in half because there was just too much plastic.
Step 4: Put the pump in with the clip coming out through the hole. Start sealing and wrapping with Duct Tape.
Step 5: Not really a step so much as a picture. The view from behind. A mess of tape and folded bag with the belt clip exposed enough to clip to my pants.
The final view! this was at 5:30am as I was doing my final preparations.
I didn't seal up the end of the bag where my tubing comes out because I didn't think enough water would get in through there to cause any damage. It didn't either. It looked pretty curious as it was out in the open and other runners were staring in a weird way. Like WTF is that mess on her waist?!
We do what we gotta do folks. Medtronic pumps aren't waterproof.
I wonder if Medtronic ever thought that athletic type 1's would be using these pumps in a myriad of situations? They are still medical devices after all right? I mean if the company made a case of some sort to properly waterproof their devices, I would most certainly buy one. But such a thing doesn't exist from what I've seen.
Ergo, we have to come up with SOME sort of system! If anybody has any better suggestions, I'm all ears (eyes!).