Boy Scout Motto. As far as I'm concerned, it should be the official People With Diabetes Motto too.
Right now my family and I are getting prepared. Prepared for some bad news about my uncle as the end of his battle with cancer draws to a close.
When the dreaded call comes in, we'll need to be on the soonest flight we can catch to Louisiana for the services. For me, that means being as prepared diabetes-wise as I can. I've gathered all of the D-supplies I'll need on the trip - and then some. Insulin (short and long acting), extra infusion sets, quick-serter, alcohol swipes, IV prep pads, meter, lancets, extra test strips, syringes, ketone strips, and more Smarties, Sweet-Tarts and gummies than I could possibly need.
I have to admit, I don't look forward to going through security. I haven't flown in almost four years, and I've never flown as a pumper. I've done some homework on how to make it through security with as little delay as possible. I will have all of my supplies in a (large) Zip-Loc bag - although cramming in all of the stuff listed above will be quite a feat! I will have it out and ready as I approach the security checkpoint, and will let them know immediately that I am diabetic. My insulin will be in it's original boxes, with the prescription printed on the front. I will show them my insulin pump, and explain what it is and that I need to stay connected to it. I believe the security checkpoints are extremely important, and my goal is to make their job as easy as possible. I'll try to be prepared with everything I need to show them I am not a risky passenger. I'm just a person managing a disease.
Be Prepared. We live by those words every day, don't we?
Have you flown recently? Do you have any more tips I might need?
(P.S. And for those wondering - yes, I checked and yes, knitting needles are still allowed on the plane. I've got mine all ready to go.)
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