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Swimsuit for Female EN Consumers

Dear Lifeline Readers,

For the first time in 9 years I have found a swim suit that is suitable for someone with a G-tube and/or J-tube, that doesn’t make me look like my grandmother. For the past many years I have been wearing loose shorts with underwear, and a tank top with my bra, to the beach and swimming in them. I’m often mortified because I look like a bag lady who can’t afford a swim suit. I have to have a two-piece suit so I can access both tubes for meds, water (if I’m there for the day I can’t drink enough to keep hydrated), and some kind of sugar juice, in case my sugar drops dramatically. With a two-piece suit, I can access the tubes discreetly with a 60cc syringe by placing a towel on my lap.

What makes my new suit so marvelous is the cut, design and color, which are fashionable and functional. Mine is navy and white nylon, fully lined and two-piece. The bottom is a full-cut boxer short, and the top is a matching, fully-lined tank top with bra that comes below the waist line of the shorts. Even when I raise my arms, no tubes or dressings show. And when the tubes are placed inside the waistband of the shorts, the boxers are loose enough to not show any bulging.

I ordered the suit from the television shopping channel, QVC. They got it from the company It Figures. You can reach them by E-mail: RLarissa@ItFigures.net, or visit their website ItFigures.com. The suits may be displayed on QVC again too.

—Diane Owens
Marion, MA

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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