Can you remove pump if going to a beach vacation?

By mustangpeg Latest Reply 2014-03-04 07:34:03 -0600
Started 2014-02-06 12:57:58 -0600

For all the insulin pumpers out there… I am going to Los Cabos, Mexico for vacation this year and want to know if you have a pump can you remove it and take the long acting pens and do self injections while on vacation and then hook back up when you get home. Since I will be sitting on the beach and swimming, didn't want to have pump exposed for all to see. Is this even possible. Don't have the pump yet but they are recommending me to get it. Also another challenge is being out of the country and airport security comes into play. Any suggestions?

16 replies

mjhorgan 2014-03-04 07:34:03 -0600 Report

I always disconnect when I go on a beach vacation. I like the freedom of walking the beach with out a piump. On the beach it is also hard to keep sand out of the pump and to keep the reservoir cool. We go on two week beach vacations to the islands and I just switch to MDI.

lovelyt126 2014-02-06 21:54:22 -0600 Report

Yes you can remove the pump for your vacation…I had the pump for 4 years and when I would go on vacation I would remove it and go back to my pen injections…my pump educator told me that it was perfectly okay for me to do it and said they call it a "pump vacation" :-)

Type1Lou 2014-02-06 15:37:29 -0600 Report

Medtronic literature states it's OK to disconnect for an hour at a time. If you opt to go back to MDI for a day or more,., remember that you'll not only have to dose with long-acting for basal, you'll have to bolus with fast-acting insulin for any food you eat.

ashley50 2014-02-06 14:04:59 -0600 Report

You can go off your pump and do the shots, i dont like doing that because i am not as contolled as if i was in the pump. When you go to the beach and stuff you can take your pump off, and just reconnect. Thats what i do. When we fly my doctor always gives me a letter about the pump to hand to airport security if there is any problems. But luckily every time i have been to the air port they always understand and never ask questions. But never wear your pump through the x-ray thing! Hope this helps.

Type1Lou 2014-02-06 15:33:48 -0600 Report

If you do a search here on DC under "TSA Travel" you'll see a number of posts about airport experiences.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-06 14:01:30 -0600 Report

You can go off your pump and do shots, I've had to once, but I hated it. If you get an OmniPod, you can leave the transmitor in your room and still get your basal, or a different pump you can disconnect from the site for a few hours at a time

mustangpeg 2014-02-06 15:48:25 -0600 Report

Good to know. Thank you. Do you like the Omnipod? What are the differences between that and other pumps on market? I am leaning towards Omnipod because I like how small and lightweight it is. Kind of like wearing a half an egg shell.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-07 06:33:46 -0600 Report

I went with the Tslim, they are all good, check with your endo, they should have literature on all different kinds. As far as Scuba…are you certified or going to learn? I checked into getting certified and the biggest thing to watch is going low below the surface, I've never had the bends, but I imagine that with a hypo would be hideous. Definetely not talking you out of it, just be aware. I would remove any pump while submerged more than a few feet.

mustangpeg 2014-02-07 10:00:45 -0600 Report

Yes, I was certified a few years ago before I became a diabetic. I was in Hawaii at the time and the view "down under" is amazing. Something I will never forget. So guess doing that again is out. Thanks for your info and I would check with my Dr. before anyway. Just another thing can't do because of Diabetes.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-02-07 10:08:59 -0600 Report

no no no… You CAN. The YMCA has a diabetic protocol that I checked out a few years back. A pump would actually take most of the concerns away. Their protocol was about decreasing long acting insulin and specific BS readings prior to dive. I imagine just unhooking a pump would cover all that. Check with PADI, I know someone makes an underwater emergency low kit, just have a trustworthy dive buddy. Just be prepared and remove the word can't from your vocabulary.

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