Busman’s Holiday by The Grumpy Pumper

Summer is here!!

Well, for a couple of days anyway. The schools have finished for the summer break and most of us may be looking forward to going on a nice relaxing holiday.

Nothing grand planned for me this year, but looking forward to taking Mrs Grumpy and the Grumplings away for a week. If they behave, I may even bring them back home with me.

Ah…. Of course there will be one other joining us won’t there? That guest that arrived 19 years ago, uninvited. My Diabetes. I’ve tried leaving it at home, but it always manages to tag along. Annoyed me to start with. I just wanted a holiday to be like it was before diagnosis, but diabetes always tagged along on holidays. So I just ignored it so that it didn’t affect my holiday and spoil my fun. Well. That didn’t turn out that well did it? No. Cause me too many issues, affected the enjoyment of the holiday and just meant that in the end, my Diabetes had to be given the attention that it demanded.

So as time went on and I realised that my Diabetes would always be there with me on holiday, and that as long as I put in a bit of effort in planning ahead for the changes in routine and other factors that may affect its behaviour, it would indeed behave. It would just tag along quietly and not be a problem for me, allowing me to relax and enjoy my time away.

There are several different definitions of a Busman’s holiday that I’ve found, but they all roughly say this:

“a holiday or day off from work spent in an activity closely resembling one’s work or daily activity”

This is how it used to feel for me, as a person with Diabetes, when I go away on holiday. But I have found that considering these things help it to be a great time, just as it was before Diabetes moved in to stay.

• Take all the Diabetes kit and supplies that I will need for the holiday. Then take spares. Spares of everything. I may not need them, but if I do, there will be no stress trying to find them.
• Pack Diabetes supplies in two different bags. If one gets lost, stolen or just damaged, then I will still have the kit I need for the immediate future.
• Consider climate. Heat makes my Blood Glucose Levels drop faster so I test more often, Reduce basal and bolus doses accordingly.
• I Carry your ID where ever I go, and if in a different country I will print off a copy in the native language.
• When travelling by plane, I check the current rules on carrying liquids in hand luggage etc. It save that embarrassing moment at customs.
• If travelling abroad I will take a letter from my DSN that explains why I am carrying needles etc. So far, I have never had to use this letter, but better to have it with me.
• I’m always up front and open about what I’m carrying and that I’m wearing a pump. Customs have always been fine with it all so far in my 19 years of travelling with Diabetes.

Have a great summer, Live Long and Bolus.


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