Very shortly I will be going on a 3 week trip through Europe… which I am very excited about! But at the same time, it’s going to be very scary. Luckily I’ll be traveling with family who all know about my diabetes and how to treat it in case something is a tad bit off. Traveling as a person with diabetes can be intimidating, but it can be done with a little extra planning.
The biggest concern I am facing right now is my Omnipod insulin pump. I change it quite a bit, every three days, and the whole thing is connected together to my body (no tubes or insertion points!) There is one main issue with that… if I accidentally rip it off or if the insertion begins to hurt, I have to change it and the site itself and I’m down a pod! Being away for so long, I will need to calculate exactly how many pods I will need to bring with me, and hopefully I have enough in this month’s supply to last me until the middle of July! Many other bloggers suggest removing an insulin pump when going through the scanners at the airport. In my case that is impossible, but luckily my insulin pump does not cause the airport scanner to go off.
Omnipod is very good about sending supplies to a different address or location within the United States, but I don’t know how it would work overseas. On top of that, I will be on a cruise ship boat going around Italy for a week, so they obviously couldn’t send it to me there. I wont be staying in one location for a long period of time either, so extra supplies is the plan!! I am going to pack an entire month’s supply of medications just in case I get stuck in Europe an extra week or so. Lucky if I get thrown into a pool, or slip and fall, I wont have to worry about my machine becoming broken. The Omnipod is completely waterproof!
That also leads me to another thought… my suntan lines! The Omnipod is quite large and cannot just be taken off at any point in time (like I already said, 3 days). If its nice, and I’m walking around in my bathing suite, I am going to get a “POD TAN LINE”!! It’s also very annoying to have people stare at it, as if I have a tracking device attached to me or something. No, its my insulin pump and medicine. I can’t take it off or hide it, so get over it! Some try to hide it under their bathing suite bottoms, but I don’t feel like that would be comfortable when I’m not just wearing a suite. I’ll just let it be seen.
I’m not one of those people who are scared to show others my insulin pump. But, that is also usually shortly after they discover I am a diabetic, or if they were asking about my insulin pump, that I show them. I’m proud to be a diabetic, even though some may think that’s a very weird thing to say. Maybe its just my personality in general, but I am glad I can express myself, and show off medical advancements made for people like me.
There is a lot of things I need to think about before planning on leaving for my trip. The day before I leave, I have to make sure there isn’t access of air in my insulin bottles, because the air on the airplane is different then on the ground. It could crack or ruin my entire bottle of insulin. Extra supplies are a must! That includes but is not limited to my insulin pump pods, my test strips, insulin, lancets, syringes, alcohol swabs, and of course lots of extra glucose tablets.