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Panic attack as I prepare my travel kit for a road trip

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Nov 25, 2012 13:31
  • Panic attack as I prepare my travel kit for a road trip
    My current pump (my 2nd replacement in 4 years) lovingly called George Michael that I got back in April is "still" working up to scratch.  The only thing is, he is no longer under warranty - if he goes wonky - I'm pumpless unless I fork out $6-8K (no idea on what a new pump costs these days).  No freebie holiday loaner pump is available anymore - so when I go away - I can't rely on that (and trust me - I've had to use every loaner given to me over the years - I think I'm jinxed when I'm away from the home front).  Though even with a loaner pump - I still ALWAYS bring my pen needles of Lantus (basal) and NovoRapid (bolus) - just incase the loaner pump goes loopy as well.  As a diabetic - we have to have all points covered - because without our juice of life - we'd be dead as a mouse (as a cat - I do prefer other things to these rodents as my meal).

    Dead Mouse
    So, I'm off tomorrow - on a 7 hour road trip (by myself - having little anxiety attacks since it involves crossing the American border - otherwise I'd not be feeling this way - there's something about those dudes at the border that makes me nervous for some reason  especially when they find out I was not born in Canada but possess a Canadian passport).  Also, the testing of my blood sugars that I can do when I have someone with me sharing the driving will be a challenge.  Of course, if I was hooked up to a CGMS, that would be all fine and dandy.  Alas, no CGMS, too expensive, so only have pin prick method, which involves stopping on the side of the road from time to time.

    Luckily, I try to avoid highways as much as possible, so stopping off the side of the road will hopefully be easier.  Some of you may think, it might take longer to reach your destination, maybe an extra 1/2 hour is added onto the trip by avoiding the toll roads, busy highways.  Also, I personally find it less stresfful going the "rural route" is more interesting (you see the "real" world), less boring, then the drone of highway traffic, someone up your ass giving you the finger (it's never happened to me - but I've heard of some wacko drivers out there that get very aggressive).

    So, I prepare my medical kit with 3 times what I'll need for a weeks stay - I'm finding the kit I thought I had all prepared for an ER/travel situation - is missing one vital item.  My fast acting pen needle (I use NovoRapid).  Mini panic attack is occurring.  Not fun at all.  So, I've taken time out of rushing around like a cat on a hot tin roof - to sit down - breath - think (last time I used it was for a large bolus shot of 5 units last night - but was in a rush - due to having to get to a meeting that was a few hours drive away).

    Now, if this was a case of a real ER - where say - I have to get out of the house ASAP - I'd be semi-screwed.  So, here's a little warning to those of you who may think you've got it all down pat - for your kit of medical supplies.  Check it at least once a month - to make sure you have everything in order - don't be like me - rapid heart beat - wondering if they are ready for the looney bin.

    Back to being a detective - in figuring out where the pen needle went after the jab in my upper arm yesterday. 

    Hercule Poirot the cat detective

    UPDATE:  Almost 5 hours later - Pen needle FOUND - Hercule "Purroh" sniffd it out -  the needle apologised for having gone missing - it went back into an area I used to keep my meds/etc. before I started trying to be more careful with my ER kit.   Brain has to be retrained and not to be in such a rush like I was yesterday.  Phew - but am still bringing 1/2 cc syringes just incase since  I'll be along side of Lake Ontario - if I'm stuck in a rutt with a snow squall and go off road - at least I'll have my supplies with me.  
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