Four (4) Days. Four!

May 26th, 2011 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

Have I ever shared with you how extremely bad I am at packing?  More specifically, packing my supplies?

The air traffic safety people haven’t made the task any easier.

It amazes me how much I can bring “just in case” I need it.  When it comes to supplying myself with potential medical necessities when running a marathon with type one diabetes, it gets even worse!

I am even more amazed by Nat Strand after packing for this short little nothing trip.

I think this time around it was my Mastisol that got me.  I know that anything that may seem “attached” when I start a run will quickly become “not at all attached” once I break a sweat were it not for my Mastisol.

(If you just shuddered, as many do at the thought of Mastisol on their skin, let me assure you: I sweat a lot.  I would not be able to keep anything attached to me without Mastisol.)

And of course Mastisol is crazy expensive so I bought it in the big 2 ounce bottle since I am most often at home when I change sets and sensors and the bigger bottle was cheaper.  But, I have also had a little 15mL bottle of Mastisol spill in my luggage (fortunately for me it was in a Ziploc!) so I’m not interested in bringing or risking the big momma bottle.

But, it’s a marathon.

And, thank you air travel, I cannot wear my sensor in flight.  I’ve tried turning it off in the air and back on on the ground, but that doesn’t work at all.  I’ll need to insert a new one and get it started once I’m on the ground.

All of this means I’ve got to bring my Mastisol with me.  And, of course, I’m realizing this last night and I leave later today.  And I’m not into paying $20 for someone to ship me a small bottle to the hotel and deal with it that way—diabetes is expensive enough.

SO, to fill you in on completely random information that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything, I feel like a genius for what I realized I can do.  I’m going to stick some Tegaderm on my hip with Mastisol before we leave, and then I’ll put in my sensor when we land.  (If I put on my sensor without putting Mastisol and Tegaderm down first, it falls off.  Every time.  I’ve tried more than seven times to do it the way that .)

That way, I’ll accomplish a few things with little hassle. 

The tricks we learn from years of diabetes, years of pumping, years of CGM’ing, and years of running. 

It’s getting better all the time!

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  1. Auntly H says:

    I may (ahem) or may not leave my CGM running while in flight…. I can say, though, that no plane I’ve ever ridden on has crashed.

  2. Love! :)
    I casually told Minimed the other day I wear the sensors 5-7 days and the lady almost passed out. Silly.
    I did hear from a rep that it’s the plane stuff messing up the CGM transmitter and not the other way around. Once I heard that I knew I’d be embarrassed if it was all my fault I needed a new one.

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