One of the many teaching topics we cover at IDS is always being prepared, especially during travel. Some of the suggestions include: bringing extra supplies, having a written prescription for insulin just in case, extra low supplies, always keeping medications on you, etc.
Here’s where do as I say, not as I do comes into play. Not once, but twice I’ve made two big mistakes while traveling recently.
Everyone makes mistakes, and I give myself some grace, but I urge you, do as I say!
During my travels to Spain, I brought:
long acting insulin (in case I broke my phone and couldn’t loop)
an extra vial of insulin
a frio case for temperature control
extra dexcom transmitter and sensors, and a meter
During my travels, I would make three stops in different locations (two in Spain, one in Portugal).
And here’s my downfall, I left all of the insulin in the mini fridge at hotel number 1.
I was traveling with others and couldn’t go back to get it. So what is it that I forgot that would have made my forgotten insulin a lot less stressful? My written prescription!
Getting insulin in Europe would be pretty simple if I had that. I ended up being ok because I was traveling with another T1D who so nicely gave me a vial of insulin.
The other mistake I made was when I left my afrezza inhaler on a room service table.
I only brought one and when I called, it was too late and long gone. Sigh. These mistakes were VERY expensive and caused a lot of stress that I could have avoided.
Hopefully, lesson has been learned and I will bring a list to make sure I’m not leaving anything behind and always have that backup written prescription.
Mistakes are inevitable. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, know you can always go to the hospital if all else fails.
Kathryn received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ave Maria University in Florida and a Master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She is Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the International Sports Science Association.