It is the last and final day of Diabetes Blog Week. Today's prompt centers on tips and tricks: - Friday 5/20 Link List. "Let's round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There's always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)"
We love so many of the tips and tricks for diabetes self-management offered by our bloggers. In this post by Laura Rogers, we learn about a pump feature that could help with travel: temp basals. Traveling soon? Print out Laura's ideas and bring them to your doctor for guidance. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your management plan!
Using Temp Basals for Sightseeing
By Laura Rogers
After traveling for the last seven months or so, I find that I'm using temporary basals on my insulin pump more often that I do at home on a more routine schedule. As things are changing all the time in my surroundings and activities, I'm trying to pay attention to what's coming next and proactively plan to attempt to keep my numbers in range.
Here's a run down and how and when I use them:
I INCREASE my basal rates when:
- I'm flying and changing time zones. The change always messes with me, and I think the flight alone adds some stress that bumbs my numbers as well.
- I'm seeing a site that I'm really, really excited about. The adrenaline shoots my numbers up.
- I'm participating in an activity that I'm nervous or anxious about, like rappelling or anything to do with heights. As note above, the adrenaline shoots my numbers about.
I DECREASE my basal rates when:
- I'm doing an exceptionally long day of walking around while sightseeing.
- I'm doing a moderate day of walking, but I haven't done so in a week or two (i.e., my body isn't used to it).
- I'm doing sightseeing that involves something more active, like climbing a bazillion steps to the top of a tower.
Although it's not perfect, temporary basals are one thing that is helping to keep my numbers in range while traveling long-term.