We went on a little vacation…

…and nothing bad happened!

OK, so maybe going away for 2 days does not even count for regular people. But for us, T1D and gluten-free people, going away for two days takes as much preparation as going away for two weeks. Besides, we were going up to the mountains, where they most likely do not have a 24-hr pharmacy and we can’t easily get our hands on any needed supplies. You never know what could happen, T1D has a sick sense of humor and you have to be prepared for everything to go wrong at the most inopportune time. And since I still have a little bit of residual trauma from not packing properly, I wanted to be extra careful.

I packed diabetes stuff first. I made my list, I checked it twice, I packed the box, I checked it, I had hubby check it, to make sure we did not forget anything important. So here you go: extra insulin, extra strips, syringes for just in case, extra pods, extra Dexcom sensor, a small food scale and amazing collapsible measuring cups (I love those things so, so much!), tape, extra wipes, extra fast-acting sugars, and Zofran in case a stomach flu or food poisoning strikes. I’m tired from just writing all this out.

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Pack ALL the supplies!

After diabetes is taken care of, comes the Celiac part. We always have to bring some food with us. Will we be able to find gluten-free groceries? Most likely yes, but we need to bring with us at least some basic necessities. I packed cereal, bread and GF granola bars. Then I got on Find Me Gluten Free website, researched restaurants in the area, and then called them when we were on our way to confirm that they indeed served gluten-free options.

To be honest with you, I hate going through all this prep. Packing sucks as is, but this takes it to the next level of suckage. It’s not hard but it is tedious, time-consuming, and rather exhausting. Spontaneity is a little scary when going on a trip. We have to have supplies. We can’t just stop at any restaurant to eat. So we learn to always be prepared and then we can be spontaneous within the confines or our limitations.

And that is exactly what happened once we hit the road. We had plenty of snacks if anyone got hungry. We picked out a few possible restaurants we could eat at but decided last minute where and when to dine out. We could comfortably say yes to all activities knowing that we had everything we needed. Sure,V had some highs and lows, but nothing was out of ordinary. There were no pod failures. Dexcom kept working despite pushing 2 weeks. All devices remained stuck to skin, thanks to extra tape we brought. All lows were easily treated with fast acting sugars we brought with us. And so we went hiking and exploring, dined out, made food at the condo, swam in the pool, chilled out, spent time with friends, took naps, and enjoyed a change of pace and scenery. And it was wonderful!

Enjoying gluten-free crepes

Enjoying gluten-free crepes

Hiking

Hiking

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5 responses to “We went on a little vacation…

  1. Oh so glad it went well. Packing for a trip is one of the things I resent most about T1. It’s easy to get grumpy about how spontaneous other people can be, and how much work we have to do to appear to be spontaneous. Every successful trip does make it all feel better though 🙂

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  2. So smart: plan meticulously so you can be spontaneous. I love it!

    We had a hard time recently with some spontaneity. I thought it would be fun to “wing it.” We had with us the Find Me Gluten Free app, all the diabetes stuff, and some trail mix. We found a brick oven pizza place that makes its OWN GF CRUST. OMG OMG. There was a 30 minute wait. Child was hungry & becoming hypo. Trail mix. It will be worth the wait! It all looks so good! Grilled vegetable platters, buffalo mozzarella, gorgeous salads, pizzas with crisp, dark crust…yum! Stand around waiting, watching the action in the open kitchen. Flour flying everywhere. Approach hostess to ask (certain the answer will be YES) if the famous homemade GF crust pizzas are made in another area, away from the flying flour. Answer: no, and all of the sauce and cheese are also contaminated—her word—so they do not recommend their pizza for people who avoid gluten for medical reasons.

    Everyone’s so hungry. The non-celiac child is grouchy and pissed that his brother is–once again–ruining his good time. We us the app to find another restaurant. The only thing close is Portuguese. Not a favorite.The celiac child had a gross gray slab of meat on a dried out Udi’s bun with a side of potato chips. The whole thing was just UGH.

    All of this is to say: should have called ahead!

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    • What an ordeal! I am actually really bad about asking ahead of time how well the kitchen separates GF stuff. I tend to forget, though I know it’s really important.

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  3. Yay I know exactly how you feel as this past week I was away for 2 days, home for 2 days (just enough time to reload D supplies and gf snacks) and away for 2 days again. For me too – nothing happened. Although there were a few moments where the old mantra of “eating out is risky” was whizzing through my head, the highs and lows were manageable and I always managed to find a gf meal. Even picked up a few gf treats that I can’t get closer to home. It’s an effort to plan to be spontaneous but so worth it when it all works out!

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