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By Chris92 Latest Reply 2011-04-05 13:49:19 -0500
Started 2011-03-09 02:49:11 -0600

Hey, just wondering if anyone has been to any festivals and if so do you have any tips for injecting and etc?
I'm planning on going to a festival ( in Leeds although as I understand most people here are American, so I'll just say it's in England :) )
Just a bit apprehensive about it that's all.

10 replies

kdroberts 2011-04-01 10:17:03 -0500 Report

There are a few things you have to keep in mind but mostly it's common sense.

Are you planning to go for the whole weekend or just one of the days? If you are going to the whole weekend, are you planning to tent it or have you got other accommodations? If you are camping, the main issue to will have is keeping your stuff safe. I know that generally festival goers are good but it just takes one idiot and a bit of carelessness on your part and your insulin and testing supplies are gone. You may want to invest in some sort of pack that you can wear under your clothes to keep everything in and not lose it, have it stolen or break.

Something else to consider is the cleanliness of everything. The toilets are usually pretty dire and the actual festival site can get very chewed up and muddy. That can make testing and injecting quite difficult. One way round this is to find a medical tent and ask if you can test and inject there. They are usually clean and have all the trimmings to clean you up if you're filthy.

The medical tent may also be a good first point of call. I don't know if it's still the case of if Leeds does it but at other festivals in the past I know people who have registered as a person with a medical condition and got a wrist band so if something does happen you can be fast tracked and get the right treatment. Don't know if it that will be an option though.

The last thing I know is that when you enter you will be searched. One of the things they look for is glass so if you use vials then have a letter from your doctor explaining what it is and why you need it. They will make exceptions for it and should know but you never know when if you'll meet the nightmare security guard.

I took a quick look at the website and they have a medical contact you can email with questions. matt@eventsmedicalservices.co.uk small It may give you some peace of mind if you email them with your concerns. However, festival sites are very, very medically savvy and operate what are basically mini A&E departments 24 hours a day as well as having several first aid tents and a large number of ambulances. As long as you are reasonably sensible, keep things you need on you, have backups of everything and don't worry too much you will be fine.

Chris92 2011-04-01 13:01:31 -0500 Report

Going for five nights because I have an early bird ticket, with camping in a tent. Cannot wait. Thanks for your advice, I suppose it's all common sense. Just gives me peace of min to have that bit more advice and knowledge on it :)

roshy 2011-04-01 09:50:56 -0500 Report

heya chris!! i was around 17 when i first went to oxygen, a fest in Ireland! just make sure you eat properly when your out and about! bring at least 3 sticks of insulin with ya and dont pack them altogether just incase you loose them!! keep them in spererate bags!! make sure you bring a glucose kit with plenty of testing strips! and then theres the obvious!! dont get too wasted so you go too low or put yourself at risk!! stay with your mates and i duno if they know what to do incase you do get too low!!! but it would be worth while in briefing them in a case of emergancy suituation!!!! no need to make a big deal out of it but it would prevent them from panicking if somthing does happen!! and of course have some glucose tablets with ya !!! a packet of skittles are good because they dont melt or fall apart and you can take a handful when ever!! the glucose tablets always disintergrate in muddy festivals and thats not easy to deal with!!

enjoy the fest dude!!

Chris92 2011-04-01 12:55:58 -0500 Report

Cheers mate! Was gonna go to oxygen but flights were a bugger haha!!!
Did you have any problems with security mate with needles?

roshy 2011-04-02 06:43:49 -0500 Report

security wasnt a problem!! but if it was i had a letter from the diabetic nurse stating

'to whom it may concern,

this person is an insulin dependant diabetic and therefore is carring needles and other diabetic supplies!! . . . . . .blah blah blah!!! '

that sort of thing!!

just keep your stuff safe, you wouldnt believe the amount of stuf nicked on us during the fest!!! phones, wallets, food, more wallets!! if you have a spare glucose meter give it to your friend incase yours goes walk abouts!!!

and have a deadly time !!!!

Chris92 2011-04-04 13:40:09 -0500 Report

Sounds cool mate! Did you get any insulin nicked? Proper dreadful how many scum bags there are!
I can't wait. Should be awesome.
Magaluff first though ;-) haha

roshy 2011-04-05 13:49:19 -0500 Report

magaloooooooooof!! wooooop wooop!! sounds like u have a deadly summer planned ahead of ya!!! no insulin got nicked at the fest!! but my bag got nicked before and they took my glucose kit and insulin!! luckily thats all they got( and an orange) but i had to report it because insulin could be pretty dangerous in the wrong hands!!! festivals tend to gather quite alot of scumbags alrite!!

realsis77 2011-03-09 09:41:42 -0600 Report

I have not been to a festival but I do have a tip on injecting. What I do is this:, I bought special alcohol and benzocaine squares (very cheap) and I use them with every injection. They numb the skin and work wonderfully! They really help and I never feel a thing anymore! You can pick them up at rite aide or your local drug store. I just buy the generic brand called "alochol and Benzocaine swabs" they have made a positive difference for me. Also I try to make sure the needle goes straight in with out any angle. This helps too. I keep my insulin that I'm using daily at room tempature and this cuts down on the pain of cold insulin.no don't worry it doesn't go bad. It lasts this way for about a month! I've NEVER had a bottle go bad or get crystles in it! So those are some things I do. I hope I've helped in some way.

Chris92 2011-03-09 10:24:34 -0600 Report

Thanks that sounds really effective!

realsis77 2011-03-09 12:35:25 -0600 Report

Yes I was soo surprised at how effective it actually is! When I first bought it I was skecpital and I thought "what the heck ,I'll give it a try" I'm so glad I did. It works like a charm and for us who have to use needles several times a day it makes it nicer! It really works! The benzocaine numbs really well. Its worth it and here in californa the box only costs about three dollars! Get the generic brand its the same thing! I think you will really like it! I do!