Traveling Abroad

By DaniBH Latest Reply 2013-09-11 19:42:14 -0500
Started 2013-09-04 17:05:56 -0500

Hello. I'm new to this group and have a question. In a couple of weeks I'm traveling to London and I'm really worried about the long flight and snacks. Also the timing of taking my meds. I'm on long term insulin morning and night and fast acting insulin for the daytime. I also take metformin and some other meds as well. I am concerned with how the time difference will affect my meds. Has anyone had to deal with this? Any suggestions?

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Bun10 2013-09-11 19:42:14 -0500 Report

When I traveled across the pond, the air lines treated us like the best first class you could imagine. My 24 yr old son asked, "Mom, you didn't buy first class tickets did you? We'd have been fine in coach." Haha the coach service and meals and snacks were that good. Ask, the airline what kind of meals they provide and ask if they have diabetic trays. Good thought, taking your own water. Domestic flights don't stock much in the way of drinks. Not sure about international. Domestic flights, I usually buy 2 large bottles of water after I go through security. I rarely use both but I've heard all those stories about people being stuck on the Tarmac for 9 hrs or whatever. I make sure I have snacks and water with me every flight. Enjoy your trip!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-09-04 17:50:15 -0500 Report

Hi. I traveled to the west coast from the east. I had a note from my doctor saying I was diabetic and needed hydration and snacks. I carried on my CPAP machine, all of my meds, needles and other supplies, snacks and water. The first airport security guy questioned my quantity of water (8 bottles) and I explained I have one bottle for each hour of travel. So that should help with the long flight. I forget the time difference in London, but if I were in your shoes I would slowly switch over to London time. By this I mean let your body tell you when and how much to inject. I know I am off the charts with my insulin (70 units of 70/30 in AM and PM and R as needed, usually 30-50 units) Make sure on Metformin that you eat with that or else you may end up with stomach issues. Enjoy your trip and may your landings equal your takeoffs! Jim

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