By Irene Mallano aka Mommy_Diabetes
Going on Vacation
Who doesnt love to get away here and there. It can be done with a little patience and alot of planning. We take everything we need for each day and times it by three, plus bring along prescriptions for medicine/supplies. Before we leave I locate a pharmacy closeby as well as the local hospital, just incase (GFB). When we arrive I stop and pick up Orange Juice/favorite foods to have on hand and have a snack before getting into gear of things.
FAST sugar in need
Sometime's you run in a store quick and you forget your bag but have your wallet. You feel a little lightheaded; even dizzy, you might have low blood sugar and you have no tester or juice… This can happen to anyone. We keep 4+ sugar packets* in my wallet, in my car, in my purse, in my backpack, where ever I can fit them. In times like above, I hold out my tongue sprinkle half the packet, swallow and repeat until I don't feel dizzy. Then I sit a minute, right on the floor if I have too and when I'm ready, I get up…When we get back to the car, I check my blood sugar to see what I need. This is my life, and I don't worry about what people think – If I need to check my finger, eat a snack or sit on the floor, I do it !
When going to amusements parks, I place the sugar packets in a ziplock and keep them in my pocket with some thin snacks, like fruit leather. Incase we're going on a line/ride and I cant carry a bag but can reach in my pocket if needed. A good idea is to eat in advance before going on any long lines while waiting for rides, like disney/six flags and carry extra. You may also request a disability-pass to avoid lines at the courtesy desks but not all locations allow it.
Needles on the go
Since we do not have an Insulin Pen, we use this as an alternative. When I know we will be far from home and it might be hard to fill a syringe there, like on the beach. I prefill them at home with a small amount usually given for food and keep them with us while out. When we get home, we keep for 7 days on the go, then discard them. I store them in an old hard shell eye case.
11 Tips for Plane Travel
For all of you that have traveled by plane before, you know what a hassle airport's are. Well its' a whole new trip when traveling with diabetes, then add small children and its a party! With proper planning, the trip can go a little smoother. To see all her Travel Tips check out http://mommywhatisdiabetes.com/Helpfultips.aspx