Traveling around the world with diabetes
An experienced traveller and yoga instructor,Julie shares her experience traveling with type 1 diabetes.
During the past 4 years she has visited more than 10 countries and lived in Australia, Indonesia, and the UK.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas to be destroyed; preventing the body from being able to produce insulin to adequately regulate blood glucose levels.
DO NOT LET OTHER PEOPLE FEARS DEFINE WHO YOU ARE!!!
In case you are doubting your abilities to travel on your own here are
6 reasons to prove to yourself that you can:
- YOU ARE MANAGING YOUR DIABETES ALREADY
- YOU CAN TAKE UP TO 6 MONTHS OF SUPPLY WITH YOU AT ONCE
- JET LAGS ARE MANAGEABLE
- HEALTHY FOOD IS AVAILABLE ALMOST EVERYWHERE
- YOU DON T HAVE TO GO FAR AND FOR TOO LONG, START SMALL GO BIGGER.
- IF I DID IT SO CAN YOU
SO WHY NOT?
When I started thinking about moving to Australia with diabetes I wasn’t really sure how to do it. To be honest I had no clue. I did a LOT of research. As I knew I’d be based in one specific area, I took 6 months diabetes supplies with me.
SECURITY STOPPED ME AT THE AIRPORT !
My suitcase and my handbag were full of diabetes supplies.
Security stopped me at the airport and despite my protests and a doctor’s letter removed all of the ice bags from my handbag, leaving my insulin at ambienttemperature. I wasn’t able give it to the staff so I had to find a solution quickly as I was about to embarkon a 24 hour journey.
I ended up using the ice cream from the airplane meal and putting it in my cooler bag. 24 hours later and very happy to have arrived in my new home, the chocolate ice cream had melted all over the packs, but left the insulin fresh and fine.
Drastic changes of temperature are more likely to damage the insulin than keeping it unopened at an ambient temperature. For your information, some airlines can place insulin in the plane fridge, saving you the chocolate cleani
DON’T OVERTHINK, MAKE A PLAN.
Parfois, Sometimes we create our own barriers in our head and start worrying and thinking too much. Of course, it is scary to jump into the unknown. That is why it is important to be prepared. If you believe that you can, you will make it. Trust your gut and shift your mindset, YOU CAN DO THIS.
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