Yes, I’m going on a sailing holiday again in the winter – I swore after the one I did with my DH back in February – I would never EVER do this again. I became very sick during that holiday – stress with one of the Admirals on board due to their demand of use of water / food. Not good for any person – diabetic or not. This time, the gang we’re with – they’ve either read my blog I wrote OR we’ve talked – and I’ve been up front with them – and they’ve all said – WE ARE ON HOLIDAY – IF WE SPEND $100 MORE ON YADDA, YADDA, YADDA – WE ALL SHALL WALK THE PLANK TOGETHER. Okay, the plank bit they didn’t say – but I’m sure with abit of rum in them – we be doing double flip swan dives off the plank.
Last year on the charter we were on in the Bahamas, one of the couples on board is an RN. She swears that she feels due to taking COLD FX prior/during the holidays this is why they didn’t get ill like they had the previous year. I figured, as an RN, who knows abit about diabetes, that it should be alright to take. I went into the FAQ area to find out more – and it seemed to be alright for “diabetics” –but it did state that you should speak to your GP or pharmacist prior to taking.
So, armed with this info – I spoke with my pharmacist yesterday – who told me NOT to take it due to my having Type 1 diabetes – where our autoimmune system has been compromised (this is what causes us to become insulin dependent ). She said with Type 2 diabetics – its fine to take – as their diabetes is not the same (no kidding). She said in taking this supplement (its main ingredient is North American ginsing) – that my autoimmune system would become abit whacky – and I’d be MORE prone to getting ill. Phew – saved myself some $$$’s and potential harm.
What did she recommend instead?
- Get a flu shot (I did a few weeks ago);
- Make sure I tried to avoid places where people are hacking away (this will be hard on the airplane);
- Start taking a teaspoon of honey every day (local she said was best);
- Wash your hands (soap / water are fine);
- Avoid putting hands in eyes and/or mouth.
Oh, and on the honey advise .... my Mum takes it – but mainly for seasonal allergies I believe. She doesn’t even get a flu shot due to severe allergic reaction to it many years ago (and she’s never had the flu since I was a little girl – she’s very lucky). Though when researching for this blog post I’ve come to the conclusion that due to mixed opinions (they say it doesn't work) - I’ll just give it a go. Plus it does taste good on toast in the morning - right?
So, I’ll be looking to see when I arrive at my sunny destination – for local honey – to aid in my plan to not get sick like I did last year and pray I’m not sitting in the airplane with a person about to hack up their lungs (can you tell I love flying the friendly skies?).