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Question:

From Michigan, USA:

My 8 year old son was diagnosed 1 year ago. We live in the eastern time zone and will be traveling to the Mountain Time Zone next week. How do we adjust the timing of his injections (2 times a day) to fit our travel schedule?

Answer:

First of all make sure that you take a duplicate supply of syringes, insulin and testing equipment with you just in case the baggage goes astray. Try to get a flight that leaves mid morning so that you have time to have a usual breakfast and insulin dose before leaving. Try to organise with the stewardess to time lunch in flight so that it is a little later than usual. When you get to your hub destination remember that it will be two hours later for you than the local time so again try to delay the before supper insulin a little and if necessary have a meal at the airport. Be sure to take snacks with you in case of delays.

The excitement may push up blood sugars a little; but next day remember that most children if they ski (I assume that's what the trip is about) at all vigorously need 20 to 30% less morning long-acting insulin than on a school day at home. Injection times once you arrive should conform to meal times and be sure that your son carries a snack all the time when he's on the slopes.

DO'B

[Editor's comment: There are previous questions with more travel hints. WWQ]

Original posting 9 Mar 97

  
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