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Re: [IPk] No problem with airport staff & pump

Hi Barbara
I had to laugh about your story with the aliens :-)
It really does shut people up though!
Glad it was such a success!

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Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 9:50 PM
Subject: [IPk] No problem with airport staff & pump

> Hello everyone
> Just thought I would tell you that my daughter Danielle and I have just
> back from Gran Canaria.  She wears an insulin pump and I have syringes and
>  insulin bottles. From others' experiences, I was expecting the alarms to
go off
> and body searches to reveal the pump and questions galore but there was
>  nothing at all. I was asked the usual questions at check-in like 'have
> anything
> sharp in your luggage?' and I told them that I had needles and syringes.
> check-in staff said "Ok, medical, that's fine" and on we went.  I was then
> dreading going through the scanners and was relieved to walk through with
> Danielle without a question at all.  In fact, I was sort of excited about
>  asking us so that I could explain what the pump does, but Danielle was a
> scared
> of being stopped, so I am glad they didn't do that.
> Coming back, they were even more lenient as they usually are and nobody
> knew Danielle was wearing a medical device.
> I tell you what though - this is the first time I have been abroad with
>  Danielle on the pump and it was so much easier. It was a simple "Give
> 2.5
> units" when she had her meal on the plane and "Give yourself a unit for
> ice cream" and she was disconnected from the pump a lot of the time on
> because she was in the pool.  Her blood sugar results were perfect because
> she was excercising so much.  When we went away last year, she had to
> herself in the plane seat before her meal came.  We were all-inclusive on
>  holiday as well, so she could please herself when she wanted to eat or
drink to
> an extent.  The only time she felt a bit different was when the friends
> made, followed her over to me while she said "Mum, how much should I bolus
> this hotdog?" and I said "1.5 please" and then her new-found friends asked
>  "What is that?". I remembered Di Maynard saying that she communicated
> aliens
> through her pump, so I told Danielle to tell her friends that was what she
> did.  After that, they followed her every time to see what the aliens were
>  saying. I had to make up the replies - things like "Well, they said it's
> hot
>  in Gran Canaria, so they're not coming". The kids would run off and tell
> parents so I don't know what they thought of me!
> So, if anyone is worried about travelling with the pump, don't.
> (unless some countries are more strict, but even so, so what?  It's a
> device.)
> Barbara
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