Follow Your Arrow (or syringe)

I know that my last post left many of you guessing so I am back with news! For those of you who don’t know me, I have a slight obsession with JoJo Fletcher from season 12 of the Bachelorette. I will keep this short, so basically JoJo’s hair is literal perfection and I wish I could be her. And yes, we DO have a lot in common…well I think we do anyways. Not only do I look like her 😉 but we are both from Dallas. Cool stuff, I know! That’s not all though, in episode 9 the cast took a little trip to Thailand. ME TOO, ME TOO. Yes ladies and gentleman, I will be traveling to Thailand in October for a little vaca. with my main squeeze. We will be visiting Chiang Mai and the beautiful Phi Phi Islands. Nick is traveling to Taiwan for his MBA capstone course a week prior, so I will momentarily be traveling by myself. I’ve never been out of the country before so this is definitely new territory for me. After my parents had a momentary freak out for a couple of weeks, it was time to get down to business. The first piece of business is how do I handle my diabetes?! Normally when I travel I have everything under control, but being on an airplane for almost 48 hours and gallivanting through the jungle is a little different.

Alex’s Worry List/ Q&A

1.) Do I wear my insulin pump in Thailand?

My biggest worry was the dang pump! Although it is the most amazing thing in my life, I still had concerns about it. I always bring extra pods and back up insulin with me when I travel but I didn’t know if my Omnipod would cause me more issues than Vogue. My pump is set to my specific time zone and expires exactly 72 hours from when the pod is inserted/activated. Since it will take me about 40 hours to get to Thailand and with the major time difference, I didn’t know how that would affect my body. However, my blood sugar levels are better controlled when I wear my pump so not wearing isn’t even an option. My doctor definitely encouraged me to wear my pump while traveling overseas and totally made me feel at ease. I was instructed to bring extra pods, insulin and needles in case anything happens and to leave the pump alone until I get off the plane in Chiang Mai. Once I arrive I will change the date/time on my pump and I should be good to go!

2.) Do I bring paper prescriptions?

My doctor told me there was no need to bring paper prescriptions. He said that people in Thailand know what diabetes is…he’s a gem. He did tell me to locate the nearest hospital from where I am staying in case of an emergency. If for some reason I needed to go to the hospital, the medical staff would be able to assist me.

3.) Do I need a letter of proof from my physician?

I did receive a formal letter from my endocrinologist stating that I was a type 1 diabetic and that I am allowed to travel with medication, including syringes.

4.) Do I alter my basal (background) insulin?

Since I will be extremely active while vacationing in Thailand, I will be adjusting my background insulin to prevent any low blood sugars.

 

My appointment with my P.A. was super positive! I left having no reservations or doubts about my decision to go to Thailand. Sometimes you can’t help but think of the worst possible scenarios but I am confident that I will be able to handle any obstacle that comes my way!

I hope you didn’t think that was the end of my exciting news. SPOILER ALERT for those of you that have been living under a rock but JoJo picks Jordan Rodgers! I’ll admit, I had my doubts about him at first and I didn’t particularly like how Jordan put his brother, Aaron, on blast (or how ABC twisted it) but let’s be real… I’m all for it now! I’m actually hoping that the brothers make up so that Jordan, JoJo and I can hang out together at the Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau field on Christmas Eve! Not sure if that is going to happen but I will be there regardless!

I have a busy few months ahead of me but I am all smiles! I would love to hear any advice that you might have for me in regards to traveling to Thailand whether you or a diabetic or not. Like I said, this will be my first time traveling outside the U.S. so any tips that can help me, on my plane ride especially, will be much appreciated.

 

Stay Sharp,

Alex

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