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kathryn A

As of 2/24/24, I will be married to the love of my life. I am over the moon excited.

We have been together for almost 6 years now. With marriage, I will be changing my name to Kathryn Alvarez. I am writing this prior to the wedding but by the time it hits the newsletter, we will be returning from our honeymoon in Italy.

Over the years, I’ve met with a lot of people nervous about big events and travel, especially overseas with type 1 diabetes. I thought I would share my plans!

As many of you may know, I use DIY loop for my management with the omnipod and dexcom G7.

Recently, I switched back to the EROS pods because we had a surplus in the office and my deductible for insurance is painful. Since I’m using that, I’m back with an orange link.

Personally, I do not like to have my pump and CGM out on display.

I typically place them where people will not notice. I plan to wear both my Dexcom and Omnipod on my upper butt for my wedding day. Out of sight, out of mind. My wedding dress has pockets (amazing, I know) so I plan to keep my phone and orange link in there so that I can stay connected. For the ceremony, I know I’m going to be beaming with excitement, and have no doubt I‘ll see an adrenaline rise in my blood sugar. I plan to let loop handle this. I’m using algorithm experiments and I think they do an incredible job at quickly bringing highs down. For the reception, I will run an increased target all night into the following morning. I plan to dance a lot and drink some champagne – both having a lowering impact on my blood sugar.

With loop and strategies I know work well for me with food, alcohol, and physical activity, I have no worries about diabetes getting in the way of my special day.

kathryn's wedding

I leave for my honeymoon on 2/26/24. We will be exploring Rome, Venice, and Florence. I will be there for 10 days.

Since it is not too long of a trip, I’ll pack enough supplies to get me through the 10 days and an additional 10 just in case. I’ll always bring a written prescription for insulin with me in case something happens to what I bring (I once left it in a hotel in France). Luckily, insulin is much cheaper in Europe. Additionally, I’ll bring my blood glucose meter, ketone testing supplies, Zofran, long-acting insulin (just in case), insulin syringes, my Frio case, glucagon, and afrezza.

These supplies will stay with me at all times during travel, never checked. While I’m there, I’ll run a higher target blood sugar around the clock since we will be walking a ton. Of course, day by day I’ll need to analyze what’s happening and potentially adjust accordingly.

As always, if you would like help navigating things like this, give us a call to schedule.

And now, it’s still me joining the Zoom meetings, just expect a different name to pop up on the screen.

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