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[IP] Re: safari....
About a year & a half ago, and just 1 yr after starting on the pump, my
husband and I traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa for 3.5 weeks. It was
THE trip of a lifetime! You will have the most amazing experience! I had
no problems whatsoever with pumping. Diabetes management was very easy, as
were the time changes, the activities, the travel, the airports and
customs.... I could not have imagined doing it any other way. The standard
"diabetes travel" recommendations worked well for me. I traveled with twice
the amount of supplies I needed. I also had a letter from my physician
stating that I had diabetes, used an insulin pump and was required to travel
with the various supplies, including insulin and syringes. I never actually
needed the letter. In most airports (even the most remote ones - Vic Falls
airport in Zim - hope you're going there??) I was asked to "take off my
phone". An explanation that it was an insulin pump was all that was
needed... in fact, it intrigued so many Africans that I met *more*
diabetics, heard about diabetes care in their tribe, even gave pump
demonstrations and "Diabetes 101" impromptu classes right there in the
airports! *lol* :)
You will want to think ahead a little bit about the heat.. and insulin
storage. We were lucky - we went in November, the end of the spring season
there. But you will be there in the dead of summer, and no doubt it will be
"Africa hot"! I don't know what your safari accommodations are like, but
you might want to assure you have access to either air-conditioning (yes -
some safari places HAVE them! *grin*) or a refrigerator or both. Take
plenty of sun protection and keep that pump shaded. I changed my batteries
just before I went & brought a set with me. I also brought 2 glucometers.
I LUVED having the Fast Take with me, but it did not tolerate the midday
heat very well. :) I'd be happy to share more of my experience... email me
off the list & we'll chat!
~Delaine M. Wright, MS, CDE
Type 1 since '83, MM507 11/97
>From: Gill <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] 1 year anniversary pumping, & safari.
>..Feb 16th, I am headed to Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) for a
>3-week safari trip. .....I'm still nervous about the trip ..... Does
>anyone have any useful hints for me?
>(d'x'd in 1966 at age 21)
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