Toes in the Sand and Pumpers

Its summer time and most of us are heading out for a vacation. Some to big cities, some to forested mountains, some to lakes and camping. And then there are those of us headed to warm sun, sand and ocean! Think of it, seeing to the bottom of the ocean and the fish swimming and surfing, sailing, and sand castles! But wait….

sandcastle

….There is insulin and insulin pumps and strips and all that fun stuff to figure out! Hot weather and taking the pump off to play in the water and then putting it back on every two hours and trying not to get sand in everything!!! Here are some tips to save the sand everywhere (and if you are at a beach, have been at any time in your life then you know sand just sticks to everything!):

1. If your child or self uses an insulin pump. always put the site cap back on. If sand gets into the site then it is site change time.

2. Have a dedicated cooler for only insulin supplies, (insulin, strips, sugar etc )that is large enough sand will have a hard time jumping in!

3. Consider going back to shots for the time you will be at the beach. No pump, only glucometer, and strips to worry about.  If doing this connect with you Diabetic educator and review what basal insulin and an insulinshot schedule.

Our book has all of the equations to determine correction factor and insulin needs for food as an easy resource for your beach travels!

While at the beach have fun and keep you r toes in the sand for those of us by the Rocky Mountains

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