Follow up on my fashion challenge

I asked for advice and got many good ideas for wearing a glucose meter on my body. I have been down with an Infection, cough, sinus stuff, etc. plus learning a lot from my glucose meter, like that glucose tablets are much slower acting than I thought they would be. Eating out really puts glucose levels over the top even if you try. Ery hard to eat healthy and only a small amount.
Here is the original plea for help:
I have not yet been able to try all the advice but so far soft stretchy panels have been a fail. They push on the meter too much. What has worked is using hair scrunchy elastic bands to hold up mid- rise jeans. They are not perfect but do hold the jeans up so they do not fall down.
Eileen Fisher pieces with a stretchy waist, both pants and skirts, have been great. On top I wear a tank top under a longer top. I usually wear a topper and scarf to also help distract from the meter box that sticks out from my stomach area. A jacket, long cardi or poncho is an important piece that also provides some needed warmth. The best tops widen a bit at the bottom. I have yet to try suspenders and try on spring/ summer things . I have decided that a tankini type swim suit will be my best bet. A full suit would press on the meter and would probably be painful. A bikini would show the box on my tummy plus lots of tape to hold it. The little grandkids would want to see my “osier” every few minutes. My little grandson is convinced that my meter is really a video game. I wish. Thank you again for all the ideas. I will continue to explore them .

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  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    Bless you Joy,this must be a hard challenge especially when you are into fashion but you are approaching it with practicality and positivity.A lesson to us to have grace in the face of adversity.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Ok. How do you apply the scrunches, Joy?!

  • Mainelady replied 1 year ago

    Joy, I am glad that despite the challenges, you are finding some things that work for you. I think a tankini will be a great idea! I am hoping that when warmer weather arrives, you will find that dresses work well, oh, I had to laugh at your grandson thinking that your meter is a video game! 

  • April replied 1 year ago

    Go Joy!  Keep us posted.  I think of you every time pants or a skirt tugs at my middle.  

  • Helena replied 1 year ago

    Good for you Joy persisting with what I'm sure can be quite frustrating and an adjustment! Leave it to kids to give an original perspective on things :)

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    Joy I am glad you are coping with what is certainly a difficult fashion challenge. Great that you are finding jackets, cardis and ponchos useful at staying warm. I hope the summer clothing is far easier to accommodate. I am sure you still look amazing even with your video game attachment.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you all for your encouragement. Rachylou, I loop the scrunchy thing through the buttonhole, then pull the loop over the button. A nice SA gave me the idea that she says works well to hold up pants on her skinny little boy. It works for me if the waistline is low enough and will stay below the meter. These are covered elastic bands from the hair accessories at Target.
    Bijou, and Mainelady, I expect warm weather will be better for dressing and allow bare legs. My biggest problem now is keeping legs warm. Today we are expecting 7-16 inches of new snow. DH says it is very slick out with ice layered under the snow. Yesterday it was 75F. Today the high is predicted to be in the low 20’sF.
    ETA a couple of WIWs. The first outfit (1-3) shows a small bag I bought at a consignment shop to hold my meter and glucose tablets for lows. This one can also hold my phone. I usually also need a big bag for other stuff. This one is taupe. Shoes are EF with a grippy platform sole. Sweater is alpaca. Lots of texture going on.
    The second outfit (5/6) is black and navy with a NYDJ top in a print with those colors. I ended up adding a long black cardi for more warmth.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Joy, you are amazing. What a trouper you are to work to figure this out while you have been feeling so unwell otherwise! Fashionista extraordinaire!!! I'm glad the Eileen Fisher pieces work because they have given you much pleasure over the years in other circumstances as well. It's good to be able to rely on a brand you already know and trust. 

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    It's great that you have found some solutions that work well. EF clothing does have a nice stretch and how great is it that they work for you. They are expensive but last a long time. Your grandson's reaction is so funny. 

  • karen13 replied 1 year ago

    Thanks for the update - I was thinking of you when I saw some cute suspenders. 

  • replied 1 year ago

    I'm glad you've found some success, Joy! A friend of mine has a terrible time eating out with her glucose levels, too. I hope as you get a hang of everything you can find ways to enjoy things in new ways, whether that's eating out, shopping, or time with your family. Keep sharing your updates - it's good to know how we can support you or others who have meters!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    YOU ARE AMAZING. Sending healing thoughts for a fast recovery for that grotty infection too. 


    Joy, it's a learning curve, and we are learning with you. SO glad that you're finding solutions, and making items work. Let us know when you need more help and support. Always here to help, and much love. xo

  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    nice that you've found something that worked. good for you for being open and willing to try different things

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you , Suz, Bonnie, karen13, Laura, Angie, and kkards! The EF things stay put and do not seem to push up on the meter. I am also grateful that they can be worn pretty much year round. I ordered a couple of their Renew cropped wide legged bottoms for summer refreshers in white and tan linen and can’t wait to wear them. I hope soon to do a big try on session to determine which tops are just too short and summer waists that will not work and to put together some workable outfits. I was not able to locate any suspenders to try and want to try them out before ordering more. I will try to add a couple of recent WIW from my phone.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Ok. That’s smart! I’ll try and remember that trick!

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    You have made progress - pleased d sad one things are working.

    There have been a few tankini styles of swimwear this season. Very practical and also pretty.

    Your grandchildren sound like a delight!

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    Glad you have some solutions, but summer will be easier for sure! May need to try your jeans trick :)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Sal and Suntiger. Rachylou, the trick works best for jeans that used to fit. I do not undo the hair elastic when pulling them down. It works like an elastic waist. I was relieved that I could keep wearing some of my jeans. Today I am wearing a pair that are too big in the waist with the elastic hair band. So far so good. A longer sweater covers the waist band and I have a cotton tank under that. . It is the kind of day one sits inside by the fireplace with a book and a big pot of chili on the stove watching the snow come down and birds come for water and birdseed.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Yes, amazing is the word. Your outfits are fab, regardless of medical necessity that led you to them!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you for the huge boost, Shevia. Big hugs.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I must say outfit #1 looks awesome for winter. I really like the shoes with the chunky sweater and bag! I like the visual balance of weight.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Rachylou. I felt wRm and comfortable in that first outfit. The photos show me that the fit is off in the second outfit...probably too big. I need to work with these pieces. Does the blouse/ top look too long on me.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    It’s a great length, you look only thing is that it feels very light and airy to me, more a spring-summer look.

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Great outfits - love your small furry bag - fun find!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Rachylou, this would be a good outfit for a cool summer day or lunch I. A mountain town. You have a good eye,
    . I am glad you think the top could work. I liked the navy/ black print.
    Slim cat, I have used that bag several times already. Now I am thinking ahead to spring and watching for lighter colors, but I do like the furry texture.

  • Elizabeth P replied 1 year ago

    Joy, you are amazing, and you look amazing. You have such a good eye. I am so glad you found pieces that will work, and are slowly working out what doesn't. 

    Love the bag!

    And I am a huge tankini fan... in fact, it's all I wear (unless I'm doing a serious swim).  There are tons of options these days, so hopefully you can find one that works.

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Your outfits look great - I would never know that you have the monitor on at all. I have some tankini tops that are kind of loose and flowy rather than fitted and I saw several like that on a recent cruise. Something like that could work for you.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    You are ROCKING YOUR EVOLVED LOOK, sweet Joy. Much love. xo

  • Laurie replied 1 year ago

    Despite the "incentive" for making these outfits, the result is really lovely. I especially like 1-3. You look so sporty, cozy, trim, and stylish. 

    I remember that hair elastic trick for early pregnancy when you weren't into maternity clothes yet, but waistbands were getting impossible to close. Great, easy solution!

    Glad you have the snow, not us here in DC. So weird to have a 50+ degree drop in temp, then a blizzard!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    I am humbled by your uplifting comments. It was just what I needed today as I had to detach and attach a new sensor before the grandchildren arrived. Alarms went off most of the day when will I ever get this under control?
    Laurie , enjoy you mild temperatures. Tonight we are getting lots more snow...90% thru the night. Tonight dear friends are arriving from Kansas. We wish they would move out here to be closer to family and a sweet little granddaughter, but our snow will last through May, a big change from Kansas where bulbs often start blooming in February and trees are in full bloom in March.

  • Cee replied 1 year ago

    *Jumps for Joy* :D 

  • Testy Tem replied 3 months ago

    Oh, bless you, Joy, I am so sorry you have to go through this! But now that every curse is also a blessing in disguise, this is what I've learned from my grandmother. About your fashion style , experience everything and see what's best for you and what's making you feel like yourself the most. Don't care about the device, you're beautiful no matter hard, even though it may be hard for you to feel like that at first. Just like your grandson said: it's a video game!! Hahaha, I laughed when I saw that and I'm sure it brought a smile to your face too!!

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