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[IP] Mission trip to Mexico--kinda long
I need some advice. My youth group is getting ready to go on a mission trip
to Juarez, Mexico. We will actually only be over the border for 3 days. But
while there we will be exposed to heat, lots of dust and dirt and very little
running water (as in no showers). We will be building houses. Our
work/eat/sleep schedules are going to be extremely off. We will work in the
mornings, stop for lunch take a siesta, have a snack, and head back to work
mid-afternoon and not stop again until the wee hours of the morning. Supper
will likely be between 1-4 in the morning. Obviously my activity level is
going to be a whole lot higher than usual. My plan is to immediatly cut my
basals in half--maybe even more depending on our current activity levels.
Then I will check regularly. I will have glucose tabs and dry jello a plenty
on hand and yes--we will be providing our own fresh water to drink.
My main area of concern is with my sites. I am worried with the heat and
activity I may sweat my site loose. I *just* switched to sils and don't know
how strong that tape is. I use IV Prep as well. If it starts to come loose
is there any way to keep it on? Plus, I will have to change my site at least
once while we are there. Any recommendations for how to ensure that my site
is clean and sterile for the change when I myself will not be?
Also, While my extra insulin and supplies will be kept in a cooler--how much
should I worry about the insulin in my pump going bad due to the heat? I have
a MM 507 pump and will wear it in my case for protection but should I be
concerned about the dust/dirt? Any ideas on how to keep it clean--at least
If there are any of you who have had similar experiences, I would love to get
your feedback and ideas.
You can either respond directly to my email or here on the list.
Thanks in advance!
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