By SandySilvers Latest Reply 2012-10-22 19:53:19 -0500
Started 2012-10-21 20:25:03 -0500

Hi everyone! I am new to this site and so far I just love it! I am newly diagnosed with T2. I was diagnosed back at the end of August due to a hospital stay ( a really bad infection). All I can say is THANK GOD I was diagnosed! It's like a whole different world for me now! I embraced a lifestyle change from the first day. I eat a low carb, healthy diet, I exercise, and take my meds every morning (15 units of Lantus and 100mg of Januvia). As a result, my numbers have come down (my original A1C was 14 - I am having my blood work done tomorrow for my first follow up A1C), I am happier, healthier, and I've lost almost 22lbs! I am slowly taking it all in and learning as much as I can!

Now, my question is this…my husband and I will be traveling to Savannah GA next month. This will be my first airport trip since being diagnosed. Does anyone have any tips for me…or any ideas for what to expect when we go through security? I read somewhere that your life will be easier if you get a note from your doctor confirming that you have diabetes. Is this a good idea? Do they make a big deal out of it or is it generally a painless process?

Thank you so much for any insight!!

4 replies

SandySilvers 2012-10-22 19:53:19 -0500 Report

Thank you, everyone, for the kind words. Ok, I feel ALOT better now. It's the fear of the unknown that can stress you out!

DeanaG 2012-10-22 14:16:24 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
I flew in June and had no problems at all. I packed all my meds and supplies in my carry on and made sure to inform the TSA agents before putting my bag thru the machine that I was diabetic and carrying all my supplies.

GabbyPA 2012-10-22 13:33:20 -0500 Report

Congrats on the new you! Isn't it amazing how much better we feel when we are taking better care of ourselves? Good job.

About traveling, my mom recently had to go on a flight and she packed all her insulin and supplies in a neat little case. I don't recall if she had a note or not, but they didn't seem to bother her. The knee replacement causes more trouble for her, even with a "Proof of replacement" card they issue her. She still gets stopped on that.

I am not a fan of the TSA, but I do suppose if you are more cooperative and avoid being combative, you will get thru easier.

Nick1962 2012-10-22 11:41:48 -0500 Report

As a T2, I have had no issue with airports within the US. If you take your meter with you in your carry on (on short flights I don’t) you may be asked to take it out, and a doctor’s note really isn’t necessary unless it would ease your mind. I would avoid testing on the plane as there are those who are “phobic” and might feel you are releasing something infectious into the air. We know better of course, but there’s always that one. I was held up at a small airport outside the US because none of the security people had ever seen a meter before and didn’t really trust me it wasn’t a taser. But then I don’t have a sweet innocent look about me either.
Oh, by the way, welcome to the group and nice job on all your progress so far!

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