Type 1 Diabetes + Beach = List of Essentials
This past weekend, my friends, siblings and I went to the beach. Yay!! Just what everyone wants to do on a gorgeous 90 degree weather day.
Unfortunately, for those of us suffering with type 1 diabetes, it’s not always that easy. We need to plan ahead. We need to pack extra snacks in case of an unexpected low. We need to carry around an extra insulin pump/pump set in case it gets ripped off by a wave. We need to make sure our pumps and CGM sensors are all placed on our body properly so we don’t get funky tan lines! And remember to check blood sugars more often when being in the sun (mine tend to rise slightly higher than I would like).. My friend and I know it all too well!
Luckily, we had planned a week in advanced that we would be going to the beach. I knew what I needed to bring. She knew what she needed to bring. Those living with type 1 who have never been to the beach (or never thought about what to really bring), here is my list of Type 1 Diabetes + Beach Essentials:
- 3 Juice Boxes
- Granola Bars (I’ve found Chewy bars to be the perfect mix to raise my blood sugar, and keep it steady for several hours)
- Glucose Tablets
- Test Kit
- Dexcom Receiver
- Needles (just in case I rip off my pump)
- Extra OmniPod Insulin pump pouch (again, in case I rip off my pump)
I ended up placing my Dexcom sensor on the side of my boob, and my OmniPod Insulin Pump on the upper part of my butt. (Sorry, hubby won’t let me post ‘detailed’ pictures!) I ended up getting a great tan, had a great time, and met some pretty cool people. Here is where I hid my dexcom sensor… and one of my most favorite spots!