The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 March 2008

The "diabetic dress"

When you're a five-year-old diagnosed with Type 1 (formerly "juvenile") diabetes, schlepping around the little insulin pump is a decided inconvenience, as the big sister (she's 11) of one such five-year-old explains:

They have a little belt with a pack on them that you can wear with skirts and pants, but when you try and wear them with a dress it makes a bulge and it doesn't feel very comfortable and you still have to lift your dress up to give yourself insulin.

What to do? Big sister designs a dress:

It's a dress with a pocket in it that has a flap on it that you stick the tube through the flap and then you twist the tube back onto the patch and then you stick your pump in there without lifting your dress up.

Kailey Caldwell, a straight-A student from Ammon, Idaho, took this idea to the Invention Convention in Boise, where it placed third; she's thinking about applying for a patent. Sister Whitlee just loves it.

(Via Fark.)

Posted at 8:05 AM to Entirely Too Cool , Rag Trade

she's thinking about applying for a patent.

Less thinking, more doing, Kailey. Get thee to the copyright office.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:56 AM on 11 March 2008

Er, PATENT office. Oops.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:58 AM on 11 March 2008

When folks see the dress do they remark "How sweeeeeet."?

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 2:19 PM on 11 March 2008

Even though my nephew wears one of these pumps, the problems faced by a girl in a dress wearing one never crossed my mind. Hooray for Kailey!

This idea is FAR better than anything I saw on any of the "America's Inventor" (or whatever it was called) try-outs on TV. IMO, this would have taken the money hands down.

Posted by: unimpressed at 8:19 PM on 11 March 2008