VIP

Not going to lie, I was a little anxious to hop on board a plane as this was going to be my first time flying with Type 1 Diabetes but a few travelling jitters weren’t going to stop me.  I rejected the idea of being left behind in Malaysia with the dogs. Don’t get me wrong, the dogs are mum’s 2nd children so they should be on their way soon.  It’s just that I refused to be placed in the 2nd children category.

Days beforehand I had completed all my diabetes prep for the journey as well as for the compulsory 14 day quarantine to follow. This meant calculating my diabetic inventory of things such as needles, injections, testing strips, lancets and lots of snacks.

In the airport I’m not allowed to walk through the x-ray machines as it could’ve disrupted the functioning of my constant glucose monitor (cgm). Just a reminder, my cgm is implanted into me and sends live glucose readings to my phone.  Dad likes showing off my cgm as he thinks it makes me look like a uber cyborg human.

To pre-empt any altercations between my cgm vs the staff vs the x-ray machine, I had secured a letter from my Doctor in Malaysia making my situation clear. I felt a bit like a celebrity being plucked from the “regular” queue and escorted past the x-ray.

An entourage of airport staff assisted me as I did this and I think I may have uttered, or at least thought, the words “no photos please…” Unfortunately, my celebrity status was short lived as 5 seconds later, I was reunited with my family. My eldest brother queried whether or not I may have exploded along with the cgm should I have walked through the x-ray machine. He found this a little too funny for my liking.  My younger brothers requested that I went back and walked through the x-ray machine to prove the science. 

When my cgm sends my blood glucose reading to my phone it alerts me with an alarm indicating that my blood glucose level is too high or too low.  I have the freedom to change the alarm sound which is a tiny bit entertaining. Currently my “too high” is a doorbell ringing but I don’t think it was very amusing to the woman sitting across from me on the plane journey.  She looked around quite a few times trying to identify the location of the possible doorbell on a plane.  No doorbell. Just me haha! Sorry lady in 40C. My too low sound was of a baby crying. I changed this when my family wondered aloud whether people thought that I was a teen mum whenever is sounded. Yikes!  (Of course nothing against teen Mums.)

The plane journey was a smooth one. The Scoot and Singapore Airlines crew did a great job of looking after us all. My blood sugar level was relatively stable (though a little high though hence the doorbell). The only challenge on board was changing the time of my basal insulin dose because of the time zone difference. This basal insulin is used to keep blood sugar levels consistent during periods of fasting aka sleeping. I always give myself this basal insulin shot the same time every morning. This morning had to change from the Malaysian morning to the Kiwi morning in mid-air. This practically meant that my insulin regime has no jet lag.

I wonder when Halle Berry (famous type 1 diabetic) gets treated even more specially than ordinary VIPs?

Glucose upon publishing: 5.6mmol/L

Have you ever seen Changi Airport this empty?

5 thoughts on “VIP

  1. Great writing, I really enjoy reading your posts. Our daughter, 2 year old Daisy, was diagnoised in September. We were recommended your blog and it’s been a real help to me and to see what such a full life you’re leading gave me hope in the very dark few days of being home from hospital, and still now sometimes. Well done, you’re doing a great job. Thanks so much, Charlotte

    1. Dear Charlotte, I don’t mind admitting now that it seemed hopeless and so sad when we heard of our dear Antonia’s diagnosis. Why I don’t mind now saying this now? She has shown our family that it’s no biggie. Some people have allergies, some people have Type 1, some people have something else. Her blog, her attitude to sports, to studies (incidentally she took A levels last year and properly nailed them having only been living with Type 1 for 6 months). No break in stride. It has humbled me to see how she cracks on and the least I can do is keep up! Good luck with keeping up with Daisy.

  2. Hi Antonia,

    So much to consider all the time, not just to plan for a scheduled trip. I guess it would become a 6th sense as you become more used to the pros and cons of living with type 1.

    I can relate to a medication routine and monitoring. I have been taking specific meds twice a day for just about 15 years now, and have a fixed routine. If I step out of that, usually when travelling or simply out of my usual environment, it can slip. I have a wobble just after midday should I forget my meds. No harm done and serves as a gentle reminder I have missed something. My habit therefore, is to have a stash at each place I spend a decent amount of time during the day. One can never become complacent.

    Great work with the blogs, I feel you growing with confidence. Great reading.

    Regards

    Chris

  3. Hi Antonia, I hope you are well. Mum was telling us about your hotel, quarantine etc. Again, another well written blog. Take care and keep safe. Miss you guys xxxx

  4. Great to hear about your travel journey. Wish you and family to having a new exciting chapter of life. Do take care. Cheers …..

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