On Friday, I took a four hour road trip by myself. Traffic wasn’t too bad and the weather was a combination of beautiful and dangerous. With that much time to myself, I started thinking about driving with diabetes.
I really don’t like to drive, so if there is any other option on a road trip, I’d prefer to be the passenger. This is only a problem because of how much I like traveling and visiting new locations. It has nothing to do with diabetes; even years before I was diagnosed, I avoided getting my driver’s license as long as possible.
I started the road trip on Friday right after lunch, so my blood sugar was safely on the upswing. I put the CGM receiver in the door handle for easy access like I do on all road trips (I also cued up a couple of episodes of Just Talking).
I discovered a few weeks back that Pepsi Max contains twice the caffeine amount of Diet Pepsi, and somewhat excessive consumption in the car kept me awake on the trip but also required a few extra bathrooms stops. Bathrooms stops = convenience stores = snack foods. The stops also gave me the opportunity to double check my blood sugar and calibrate the CGM. The graph truly was holding steady.
While I was thankful that I was having good blood sugar luck on this trip, I know that this isn’t always the case. I was obsessively checking my graph so I would treat or find a place to stop at the first sign of trouble. I had multiple fast acting sugar options in the car as well as replacement sites, sets, and sensors (remember that time I changed a sensor in my car at a gas station in the middle of nowhere?)
Other than my preferred option of finding someone else to do the driving, what are your techniques for managing your diabetes on long road trips?