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Monday, April 23, 2007


I’ve been having a hard time getting them.

Here’s the deal. We are going on a flight on May 3rd to Denver. And on this flight will be traveling two type 1 diabetics. This type 1 diabetic doesn’t feel real comfortable checking all her syringes, insulin pump supplies, insulin, glucometer strips, etc. There is something so very unsettling about checking all of my life-sustaining medicine and HOPING against all other hopes that the checked bag makes it to the destination. It is so much more comforting to carry all said life-sustaining medicine and equipment on to the plane with me so that no matter what happens with checked baggage, life is SUSTAINED.

The very basic instinct of life preservation is rearing its head here.

And I’m having difficulties getting individual labels for my supplies.

I order my insulin and syringes through a mail order pharmacy. Typically they label one big zip-lock bag for the insulin and only the box for the syringes. I’ve put in a few phone calls requesting labels, and each time I am assured that they will be sent.

And although I can not say whether or not they have been sent. I can say for certain that I have received none. This is not conducive to restful, stress-free packing.



Marina Martin said...

I travel for a living, and have been a type one diabetic for 12 years. I rarely have labels on any of my supplies, and I ALWAYS carry them on. You will not have a problem. I don't even bother mentioning my supplies are in my carry-on bag anymore. Some 300+ flights later I have only had my bag looked at once, and that was because I had a tube of hand lotion in my purse.

Allison said...

I usually carry a couple back-up supplies and the rest of the stuff I put in my suitcase that I check at the airport. I usually make sure I have a couple days worth of diabetes supplies, so if the suitcase goes AWOL, I'm not totally screwed.

When I do carry on my diabetes supplies, I've never had anyone say anything about the insulin bottles, syringes or pump sets. I actually think it's funny people go to the trouble of getting a doctor's note. The only time I brought one was when I went to Europe.

Nic said...

I was told that having a box with my name and prescription on it (for instance, an insulin box or test strips) was all I would need. Doctors notes don't do much, I hear, because they're easy to forge.

Vivian said...

Don't worry too much, I have connections in Denver if you have a medical need. =) Always here to help a fellow OCer.

HVS said...

I don't travel much, but I've never had a problem(with regards to carry on diabetes supplies). I carry all my insulin/test strips with me, because I don't trust that they won't get baked/frozen in the cargo holds.

Lora said...

Good luck with it all, I hope that it all works out for you and that you have a good and safe trip.