Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

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I don’t pay much attention to the search terms that people use to stumble upon my site, but one certainly caught my eye last week.

“Should my diabetic husband travel to Haiti?”

This is absolutely not medical advice, but I do have strong personal opinions on the topic.

To answer the question simply, yes.

I am thankful that from the moment I was diagnosed, the doctors did not suggest that I change any of my life plans. I had vacation plans scheduled for five days after I was released from the hospital and he encouraged me to keep those plans.

That is the mindset that I continue to have with my life. If I want to do something, I figure out a way to make it happen.

There was some concern about my travel on my first trip in 2010 due to the uncertainty of… well… everything. I probably was the most overpacked, overprepared person on the trip but my travel team helped me make it happen.

traveling to haitiI imagine if this “husband” is traveling to Haiti, he is probably there to work. On my trips, I found that I was a lot busier than a typical day at my office job. I hardly needed to bolus for my meals, knowing I was going to burn those carbs pretty quickly. If the husband is not currently using insulin, he would need to know to bring snacks and check his blood sugar more often than usual because he will probably see more fluctuations than he is used to experiencing.

I didn’t have any trouble transporting my medications or keeping them safe during my trips. When travel doesn’t include refrigeration and medication is temperature sensitive, that’s nothing a Frio pouch or similar product can’t solve.

I typically wear a medical ID with some bling. For many reasons, that’s not ideal for this type of trip. A simple RoadID tag is a good idea to keep the person with diabetes safe while not drawing too much attention as a piece of jewelry.

The first trip, I didn’t have my Dexcom CGM yet. But from the second trip, I can tell that the most trouble I had was when I got dehydrated. My CGM wouldn’t read accurately and my blood sugar wouldn’t budge. This is not unique to travel though, and has an easy solution. In Haiti or any other location around the world (including home), drinking as much safe water as possible is a good idea for everyone.

Maybe not 60,000 bottles of water. But drink a lot of water.

Maybe not 60,000 bottles of water. But drink a lot of water.

** Anyone traveling to another country should make sure his or her immunizations are up to date for that country. Haiti currently has a new disease outbreak that anyone with or without a chronic illness should be aware of. **

You can see how far off the trend was from meter results at times, typically when I was headed toward dehydration.

You can see how far off the trend was from meter results at times, typically when I was headed toward dehydration.

I don’t want to say that I have perfect diabetes management – my Dexcom report from my trip indicates otherwise – but I knew that I could safely handle my diabetes management while traveling and working. If I thought that my diabetes management was going to take time and attention away from the people we were helping, I would not have committed to the trip.

“Should my diabetic husband travel to Haiti?”

If he demonstrates at home that he give diabetes the time and attention it deserves and if he makes the necessary preparations for the trip, I don’t see any reason why he can’t travel.


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  • katy says:

    I was thinking: what if my son wants to be a Peace Corps volunteer. Of course I would cheer him on. And yet.

    How could that possibly be safe? In my experience, nothing was off limits. Tylenol, peanut butter, Crest (fancy!) toothpaste, tape player…anything that I had had to be shared. I could not even hide my jar of peanut butter; how would my child be able to safeguard his insulin, syringes, etc. living in a place where those things are impossible to get? It’s really too scary for me.

    “Never leave me!” That’s my motto.

    May 27, 2014 at 6:49 am
    • Sara says:

      It’s too scary now, but now is NEW. By the time he is ready to make those decisions I bet you will both be ready.

      (I did have to hide a lot of my stuff, but I don’t think that’s what you are actually worried about.)

      May 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm

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