Just kidding – I unscrew myself from the pump and wear a waterproof sleeve that pulls onto my arm and covers the site.
But when people ask questions about the IV, they often overlook the line of questioning that holds the most interest for me – the adventures of the tubing. The tubing that goes from the pump to my arm is approximately three miles long and has been known to get into what I’ll call misadventures from time to time. Beyond the occasional joys of clothes-lining myself when getting dressed and nearly strangling myself while sleeping, my tubing has been cause for both great amusement and sheer dismay…for it has gone where no tubing should go.
The first of these adventures was a special day spent outside – unfortunately for the tubing, I was not outside. It was dangling out my car door for well over half an hour while I drove to retrieve something from my office. Fortunately, the pump was able to continue functioning throughout the wild ride, which bodes well for me, should I ever slam a [very slim] finger in my car door.
Another favorite place for my tubing to explore is the toilet. You may be wondering whether its little swims have taken place before or after I’ve actually used the throne. Fortunately, I’ve only experienced the former thus far. However, I fully expect Mr. Tubing to take the dirty dive at some point during our relationship. Don't worry - the tubing also gets changed as a part of the daily routine!
Finally, the most shameful experience for my poor tubing to date was the birth of the term “twedgie”. My shower routine involves me undressing and starting the water before unhooking from my pump to minimize my time without the meds, which inherently requires me to spend a short time naked with my pump hanging around my neck in its special pouch. Sadly for Mr. Tubing, that leaves it dangling in perilous proximity to my posterior. One day, I leaned over to adjust the water temperature and stood back up to discover my first “twedgie” – a tubing wedgie!
Too much information? Perhaps. Particularly because I know you all now have a lovely mental picture invading your thoughts! Enjoy~