Going on holiday by Holly Rose
Going on holiday, and controlling diabetes may seem like the worst and most daunting idea in the world. However, I have done it a few times now and it certainly isn’t as hard as I thought it would be the very first time I went abroad with diabetes. The first time I went away was to Spain, and I was really excited to go however, I have to be honest, I was nervous about controlling the diabetes with the different weather and routine and also getting all my needles through the airport. But this was stupid, as I know now, as everything turned out fine really. The main thing in the airport is the letter that you can ask for off your Doctor. It is basically a letter, telling the airport that I am allowed to carry liquid and sharps through. There have never really been any issues with this, the staffs usually just look at you as if to say “It’s not like this is the first time we have seen these kind of needles before”, which does put me at ease.
One thing though! Remember the orange needle. When I and my family were going to America, we all got the airport and realised that the orange needle wasn’t in the bag. However, luckily we noticed in time for someone to come and bring it to us. Thanks Martin! I think this was because touch wood, I have never had to use it, but I could of never got on the plane without it.
You may not ever have heard of Frio bags, but trust me they are a life saver. There kind of like a mini fridge, but it is literally a bag (mines red). You can put all your insulin in them whilst on the plane, so that they don’t go too warm, and the best thing is they fit in my bag that I walk round with of a day, so I don’t have to worry about my insulin in the hot weather. When I was away this year my Frio bags had the company of Efes, which is like a Turkish larger, as the staffs were more than happy to put my insulin in the fridge when we were in water parks etc. Another thing is on the very first day you go abroad, in my opinion if you are on Levimere, I would take your Levimere the normal time you would take it if you are still at home, just so you can then start adjusting to the time difference if there is one. I did this in America the very first day, as usually I would take my 28 units at 10 o clock however; I took it at 5 there as it was a 5 hour time difference. It’s also quite good to get a medical identity piece of jewellery, as this is just so that if something happens everyone knows why. I had a waterproof one, so that I could get in the water with it. I also got a lovely one done in Turkey, were the man wrote “Diabetes” for me on a bracelet.
Recently I went on holiday to Turkey, and I had a fab time, to be honest I didn’t want to come home. Usually diabetes and heat on holidays sends my bloods low a lot of the time however, this time my bloods were quiet uncertain. At times they could be good, and the next they could be high for no exact reason. While I was away I also started to feel pain in my stomach and I wasn’t sure why. It was my Mum who said to do my ketones, meaning the ketones strips I took away with me came in handy. I defiantly would recommend anyone with diabetes to get these. When I tested for ketones, it showed that I had ketones in my system. If this would have happened a few years earlier I would have panicked, but I know now that as long as I keep drinking plenty of water and keep checking my bloods they should start to go away. I’m not a fan of water one bit, but I’ve never drank so much water in my life! However, trust me; this would not give me a reason not to like being on holiday. As you can get on with it, and make your holiday the best, which I certainly did.
Holly Rose x