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Re: [IPk] flying and disconnecting

seems a bit paranoid to me!
There's no reason why you shouldn't disconnect it to let them have a look or
put it through the Xray machine. They're not going to confiscate it
permanently - why on earth would they? - and as long as you tell them it's a
medical device and you need to wear it pretty much constantly, what harm is
going to happen? So far I've never had a customs inspector even bat an
eyelid when I've told them it's an insulin pump (every one of them has known
what that is, even in Northern Cyprus and Turkey) and when I've said it's a
medical device they've been perfectly fine. I think when you start getting
ultra protective about it and refuse to be parted from it for a second,
that's when they start getting suspicious!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Melissa Ford" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 9:21 PM
Subject: Re: [IPk] flying and disconnecting

> Hi Abi,
> Yup, plenty of (most?) people would probably not know what to do with a
> if they found one lying around somewhere, and I am sure that more
> people--esp. people with whom I would be unable to communicate because I
> not a stellar linguist--would have a hard time understanding why I would
> enraged if it were whisked away from me, even if just for inspection. I
> imagine getting it back to find that all the basal rates had been messed
> with and the reservoir tampered with. Or perhaps the batteries would be
> removed, or something else not catastrophic but well inconvenient could
> place.
> I think we need only think about the number of times we've been asked, 'So
> do you have to sleep with that thing on too?' to realise how little the
> general public can intuit about pump therapy. The adjectives 'continuous'
> and 'subcutaneous' may need to be emphasised...!
> Melissa
> IDDM 10 years; MiniMed pumper 7 years
> Co-ordinator, Oxford University Student Union Diabetes Network
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