Safe Travel Preparation Tips for Diabetic Patients.
Vacations are great and every person looks forward to them. The fun part of your vacation starts when you are immediately released from your daily activities and the pre-ordered routine. That’s when your first sigh of relief is heard. It means that its time for a vacation.
So when the kids are out of school for the summer holidays, or your bosses assigns your duties to a co-worker, its time that you have a bit of routine – a break, a holiday. You want the holiday experience to rejuvenate both your body and mind and also to make you realize yourself. Most of the vacations are characterized by trips and traveling.
One such destination that you will definitely give you a real vacationing experience is Brockville, Ontario. With its unique ambiance and proximity to Saint Lawrence River, it will definitely bring back the real you as you spend your days in the natural splendor of its environs and the nights in either the warm and cozy cottages or the classic finished lighthouses that bring paradise in Brockville.
However, if you are a person who has a chronic disease like diabetes, it means little travel. If I phrase it correctly, it means that you have been advised by your health care provider to live a lifestyle which is slightly different from normality such as your eating habits, drinking habits etc.
This may pose a threat to your vacation but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t take a summer road trip or fly to Brockville with your family for a Christmas holiday because you get alarmed at eating meals away from home or you get depressed that any outdoor activity that you take part in will put a strain to your health or maybe you strain your relationship with your family as you try to explain to them how differences in time zone will worsen your diabetes.
The tips below will guide you on how to plan ahead and have a stress-free trip and vacation.
a) Establish a Personal Health Record (PHR)
This is usually the first step you should take as you plan for your trip. You may be wondering what the benefit of a PHR is. First of all, you need to know that it is not an Electronic Health Record (EHR) but just an informal record which can be on paper, email, or personal storage device.
It’s kind of an emergency card containing the information about your type of diabetes, medications prescribed by your health care provider & the dosage you use, allergies which may be a result of the medications (this is vital to be differentiate it with seasonal allergies) and surgical history, emergency contacts and any other data –medical or personal, which is relevant to your diabetic condition.
Incase of any emergency, this PHR will become handy, therefore you will need to always carry it, wherever you go to.
Pack twice the amount of medications and supplies that you will need during your vacation. Don’t forget to include insulin, syringe and testing strips. Also make sure you carry extra batteries for your pump.
If you are not ready to carry twice the amount or medications and supplies needed, make sure you carry at least extra supply worth a week. You will also need to carry your insurance card and your health care provider’s card which must bear your doctors name and number.
You will be required to keep changes in the time zone so that you can determine the requisite time to take medication. Also remember to carry an emergency kit for insulin as well as physical prescriptions which shows your condition. You should always keep these with you as well as the meds and other supplies.
Also you must remember to pack snacks, glucose gel and tablets for emergency cases where your blood sugar levels drop.
If you adhere to the above guidelines, then you have met the minimum requirements for travel preparations by a diabetic person. It’s time for a holiday.