Having T1 diabetes has certainly never stopped me from traveling anywhere I’ve ever wanted to go. But it probably slows down my speed of packing my bag and getting myself out the door.
Tomorrow my husband, my two dogs and I leave on a road trip to Colorado. We’re driving the 12 hours rather than flying, so we can take our dogs, a.k.a The Ricardo’s, a.k.a. Lucy and Ricky. Although I’m not necessarily stoked about the long drive, it will be totally worth it to have them there with us.
Because the daily plans will look something like this:
And those are Lucy and Ricky’s favorite past times… and pretty much, mine too!
Typically, I do best not taking ANY insulin (other than the long acting Tresiba I have floating around in me 24 hours a day) before exercise. So on a normal day, when I’m at home, I do my main walk, run, yoga, or any other workout I do first thing in the morning before taking any insulin. I generally have a steady blood sugar of around 90 mg/dL in the morning, and although it starts to go up when I start my day (adrenaline? I’m not sure what it is that spikes it, but as soon as I get out of bed and put clothes on, it starts rising about 30-50 mg/dL). It’s kind of perfect, because as I exercise over the next hour or so upon waking, my blood sugar starts to fall. By the time I’m done, it’s (hopefully) around 80 mg/dL. If it drops a little too much, I grab a piece of fruit, or Mentos candy if I’m not near something more nutritional.
But I know on this trip, I’ll be hiking more often, and most likely at various times of day. Which means…
I need to remember not only to pack candy, but I’m going to have to be wearing my fanny pack looking like a dork so that I always have it with me. And I am going to try hard to always think it through before injecting my insulin pre-meal, “Will I be hiking within the next couple of hours? How active am I going to be?” Because I HATE having to eat sugar (or anything honestly) when I’m not at all hungry, but instead, just fighting a low. And inconveniencing whoever I’m with…
We’ll be meeting up with both my brother and sister, and although they know I have diabetes, they don’t really have to deal with it, and never have. So I hope I don’t slow us all down with the lows I’ll more than likely have to battle from time to time.
Whenever I travel, I bring about double the amount of everything diabetes related I might need- insulin, test strips, candy, etc. I make sure I have all my Dexcom supplies, and I bring a fresh sensor in case my current one loses it’s steam while I’m on the road. I check and recheck, because what a nightmare it would be if I forgot something I have to have.
Whenever my husband and I pack for vacations and are trying to figure out if we’ve forgotten anything– like sunscreen, phone chargers, underwear, etc– we always sigh and so, “Oh well, we’re not going to a third world country. If we’ve forgotten something we can just buy it.” This does not apply however, to my Dexcom, my insulin, glucometer and test strips. Although maybe I could buy those things, it would be ridiculous, and loads of trouble insurance wise.
So I spend maybe an extra 10-15 minutes packing for a trip because I have diabetes and I always need to be prepared. Not a big deal. And just like bringing the Ricardos on this upcoming adventure, SO WORTH IT.