Diabetes Management in the Summer
This Summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Conference in Orlando, Florida! While attending the conference, I gained a lot of valuable information and caught up with some great friends that I met because of my diabetes. While in town, I also took the opportunity to go to some of my favorite Disney parks. As I prepared my bag of diabetes supplies at the hotel, it got me thinking about how much effort we, as people with diabetes, have to put forth in order to do fun things, like visiting amusement parks. *
Beyond packing the suitable testing supplies and glucose, there are other things we need to think about before we march straight to Space Mountain. First of all, depending on what time of the year you’re visiting, the lines for rides can be up to several hours long, and, often times, you aren’t able to carry a bag with your meter and something to treat a drop in blood sugar. That’s a long time to be standing, especially in the heat. Most parks have a medical pass available to people with health concerns; all you have to do is go to Guest Relations and ask for one. When I was in Disney, my pass permitted me to ask for a time to return to a ride, and then when that time came, I walked right onto the ride through the FastPass lane. Not only was it a really short wait, but I didn’t have to worry about going low before I enjoyed the ride!
Make sure you have a plan in case your blood sugar drops. If you’re separated from your group and experience a low, be sure that you have a place to meet them if need be, so you don’t find yourself stranded.
While diabetes certainly does complicate our lives, especially when it comes to things like amusement parks, it should never take away from your fun. If you take the necessary health precautions, you can have an easy and fun day, just like everyone else in the park.
*Refer to the Owner’s Booklet regarding guidance on the usage of the insulin pump on free-fall and roller coaster rides. Very powerful electromagnets are sometimes used on “free-fall” amusement park rides. Pumps should be removed and not taken on these “free-fall” types of rides. High gravity forces can be experienced when riding on some roller coasters. It is recommended that you disconnect (NOT suspend) your pump while on roller coaster rides.
Posted by Madi Dodge at 3:41 PM | ANM-14-4173A