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  • jimmielou111
    I didn t think about this at all till I asked the question about glasses but --- do I need to hide my insulin pump? Should I stick it in a leather pouch or
    Message 1 of 8 , May 18, 2007
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      I didn't think about this at all till I asked the question about
      glasses but --- do I need to hide my insulin pump? Should I stick it
      in a leather pouch or something? That wouldn't be difficult. It's such
      a part of me now I forget about it sometimes.
      Mary

      By the way -- one more question -- my husband wants to be a 14th
      century Scot and I looked at a website for names but didn't see
      William (which actually is his name). Is that name appropriate? Can we
      choose William and then one of the whatever they called last names off
      that website like Mac Domhnaill?
    • Sara L Uckelman
      ... If you have a nice pouch you can put it in, that would probably be the most convenient -- pouches are the medieval pockets. :) But there is no *need*. No
      Message 2 of 8 , May 18, 2007
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        Quoth "jimmielou111":
        > I didn't think about this at all till I asked the question about
        > glasses but --- do I need to hide my insulin pump? Should I stick it
        > in a leather pouch or something? That wouldn't be difficult. It's such
        > a part of me now I forget about it sometimes.

        If you have a nice pouch you can put it in, that would probably
        be the most convenient -- pouches are the medieval pockets. :)

        But there is no *need*. No one is going to call you out and dress
        you down for having some modern medical device to keep you healthy.
        After all, this is the Middle Ages as we would've wanted them to be --
        and that includes good health!

        > By the way -- one more question -- my husband wants to be a 14th
        > century Scot and I looked at a website for names but didn't see
        > William (which actually is his name). Is that name appropriate? Can we
        > choose William and then one of the whatever they called last names off
        > that website like Mac Domhnaill?

        A form of <William> is definitely a fine choice for a 14th century Scot.
        What form is the best choice depends, though.

        From the 14th century on, there were two main languages spoken in
        Scotland - Gaelic, spoken in the Highlands and the western isles, and
        Scots, a language similar to English, spoken in the Lowlands, including
        the royal courts and towns. So it makes a difference whether the
        personas you're developing are Highland Gaels or Lowlanders.

        Bynames like <mac Domhnaill> 'son of Domhnall' are Gaelic; so, if
        this is the route that your husband wants to go, then he'll want the
        Gaelic form of <William>, which is <Uilliam>.

        On the other hand, if you're looking to develop Lowland Scots personas,
        here are some 13th and 14th C Scots spellings:

        Vil3ame
        Vil3hame
        Villiame
        Wil3am
        Wil3ame
        Will3ame
        William
        Williame
        Wyl3ame

        (These are all found at "13th & 14th Century Scottish Names"
        (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/symonFreser/scottish14/). The '3' in
        these names isn't really a '3'; this represents the letter yogh,
        which looks sort of like a <g> and sort of like a <3>. It is
        pronounced like a consonantal <y>, e.g., as if the name was spelled
        <Vilyame> instead of <Vil3ame>.

        If you have access to a decent library, see if you can get a hold of
        George F. Black's _Surnames of Scotland_. This is absolutely chock
        full of information on medieval names, both surnames and given names.

        -Aryanhwy



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      • veann snyder
        i would not worry about your pump. I m in a wheelchair which is very non period. and it has never been a problem. remember the most important thing is just to
        Message 3 of 8 , May 18, 2007
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          i would not worry about your pump. I'm in a wheelchair which is very non period. and it has never been a problem. remember the most important thing is just to have fun. and to come as close to the real thing as possible. if you feel more comfortable hiding your pump then hide it. if not just let it be. no one will even care. sometimes i throw a blanket over my chair if pictures are being painted[ i.e. photos]. but other than that people dont even act like its there. just come and have fun.
          anna zen

          jimmielou111 <jimmielou111@...> wrote:
          I didn't think about this at all till I asked the question about
          glasses but --- do I need to hide my insulin pump? Should I stick it
          in a leather pouch or something? That wouldn't be difficult. It's such
          a part of me now I forget about it sometimes.
          Mary

          By the way -- one more question -- my husband wants to be a 14th
          century Scot and I looked at a website for names but didn't see
          William (which actually is his name). Is that name appropriate? Can we
          choose William and then one of the whatever they called last names off
          that website like Mac Domhnaill?






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        • Lynden
          Welcome! I, too, am an insulin dependent diabetic. A Laurel once told me, If someone says that what you are wearing is not period , just tell them that
          Message 4 of 8 , May 18, 2007
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            Welcome! I, too, am an insulin dependent diabetic. A Laurel once told me, "If someone says that what you are wearing is not 'period', just tell them that their comment was not period!" It's all about courtesy!

            I feel it's also about education. No, a pump isn't period. So, I'm now interested in what happened to medieval diabetics? Did we exist back then? Is there any record of people having what may have been low blood sugar reactions and being mistaken as being crazy, moody, or possessed? THAT would be really interesting to know, so that if someone notices the pump and is curious, along with telling them what your pump does, you could fill them in on what life would have been like for you in "period" times!

            I consider myself very lucky to be part of a Canton that is very caring: they all know that I'm diabetic and I think they keep an eye out for me. It's not uncommon for someone to ask me how I'm doing if I get that spacey/confused look on my face (more so than usual!). One time (I really did not plan well), they kept me drinking a soda while my buddy went to get some food! From this I learned not to dose until the feast is actually on the table! My persona happens to be that of a merchant, and in my traveling bag, you will find sugar tabs, my glucose meter, and a wide variety of munch-ables that aren't just for me! Sharing food is a great way to meet people and learn even more!

            Hope this puts a healthy slant on things for you! - Lynden of Taylorwood


            veann snyder <mother_snyder@...> wrote:

            i would not worry about your pump. I'm in a wheelchair which is very non period. and it has never been a problem. remember the most important thing is just to have fun. and to come as close to the real thing as possible. if you feel more comfortable hiding your pump then hide it. if not just let it be. no one will even care. sometimes i throw a blanket over my chair if pictures are being painted[ i.e. photos]. but other than that people dont even act like its there. just come and have fun.
            anna zen

            jimmielou111 <jimmielou111@...> wrote:
            I didn't think about this at all till I asked the question about
            glasses but --- do I need to hide my insulin pump? Should I stick it
            in a leather pouch or something? That wouldn't be difficult. It's such
            a part of me now I forget about it sometimes.
            Mary

            By the way -- one more question -- my husband wants to be a 14th
            century Scot and I looked at a website for names but didn't see
            William (which actually is his name). Is that name appropriate? Can we
            choose William and then one of the whatever they called last names off
            that website like Mac Domhnaill?

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          • Sara L Uckelman
            ... I recall reading once that diabetes was known and diagnosable at least by the end of our period -- and that the way it was diagnosed was by tasting the
            Message 5 of 8 , May 21, 2007
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              Quoth Lynden:
              > I feel it's also about education. No, a pump isn't period. So, I'm now in
              > terested in what happened to medieval diabetics? Did we exist back then? Is
              > there any record of people having what may have been low blood sugar reactio
              > ns and being mistaken as being crazy, moody, or possessed? THAT would be rea

              I recall reading once that diabetes was known and diagnosable at least
              by the end of our period -- and that the way it was diagnosed was by
              tasting the person's urine to see whether or not it was sweet!

              -Aryanhwy




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            • Jim
              While Snopes presents this as a humorous joke about observation, http://www.snopes.com/college/medical/urine.asp , another reference,
              Message 6 of 8 , May 21, 2007
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                While Snopes presents this as a humorous joke about observation,
                http://www.snopes.com/college/medical/urine.asp ,
                another reference,
                http://www.atkinsalltheway.com/wiki/index.php/Diabetes#Etymology ,
                states such an action is 'depicted in Gothic reliefs'.
                I've found no citation for that comment. That same comment is used in
                several articles online, none with any supporting work, though, that I
                have seen.

                Seems reasonable, though.

                > I recall reading once that diabetes was known and diagnosable at
                least
                > by the end of our period -- and that the way it was diagnosed was by
                > tasting the person's urine to see whether or not it was sweet!
                >
                > -Aryanhwy
              • Sara L Uckelman
                ... Yes, that s it! Thank you! I think my recollection was from commentary on a manuscript illumination I saw this semester. Now I ve got a narrower field
                Message 7 of 8 , May 21, 2007
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                  Quoth "Jim":
                  > http://www.atkinsalltheway.com/wiki/index.php/Diabetes#Etymology ,
                  > states such an action is 'depicted in Gothic reliefs'.

                  Yes, that's it! Thank you! I think my recollection was from
                  commentary on a manuscript illumination I saw this semester.
                  Now I've got a narrower field for my search.

                  -Aryanhwy




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                • Lynden
                  EEEWWWWWWWW! Thanks though for your info! - Lyden ... I recall reading once that diabetes was known and diagnosable at least by the end of our period -- and
                  Message 8 of 8 , May 21, 2007
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                    EEEWWWWWWWW! Thanks though for your info! - Lyden

                    Sara L Uckelman <liana@...> wrote: Quoth Lynden:
                    > I feel it's also about education. No, a pump isn't period. So, I'm now in
                    > terested in what happened to medieval diabetics? Did we exist back then? Is
                    > there any record of people having what may have been low blood sugar reactio
                    > ns and being mistaken as being crazy, moody, or possessed? THAT would be rea

                    I recall reading once that diabetes was known and diagnosable at least
                    by the end of our period -- and that the way it was diagnosed was by
                    tasting the person's urine to see whether or not it was sweet!

                    -Aryanhwy

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