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Old 02-11-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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Question for the diabetics

I just recently found out I have diabetes 1 the hard way. After a week in the hospital I am getting on with my life again with significant changes, though nothing to stop me from doing anything I love to do. Anyways, my question is this, the insulin I use I am told needs to be refrigerated until I take it out for my needle. What do you do when carrying extra insulin for longer trips?

All my trips so far have been weekend trips, but now that I have an 06 GS I am planning a few week long trips. Now the insulin in my needle would be enough for a one week trip, but if I went on a multi week trip I would definitely need to carry more insulin with me.
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:28 AM   #2
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I use a cooling sleeve called a 'Frio.'

It's an evaporative cooler. There's an inner sleeve filled with crystals that you soak in water every day or two. The crystals absorb the water and become a gel. As the water evaporates through the outer sleeve the insulin is kept cool. The trick is where you pack the sleeve. Just inside the lid of a black waterproof tank bag is a bad idea as I discovered unpleasantly. Number one, it limits the evaporation. Number two, it makes for a high ambient temperature that's more than the it can handle. Somewhere closer to the air is better.

There are also some small 12V cooling devices available (google "insulin cooler"), but not much as small or inexpensive as the Frio. I can't remember where I bought mine (maybe amazon), but it's a British product with only a few US distributors. Reviews were controversial, but I've been happy with mine. You just have to be smarter than it is.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:12 PM   #3
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iv'e been diagnosed since last aug. I asked my pharmicist about travel on my bike... she said the insulin will be effective (potent) for 30 days with out I just use a vial with a little more than I need for my trip, and it works out perfect. I also cook the majority of my meals when I travel/camp . I thought my condition would hinder my travels...I was wrong. I just have to make sure I bring my meds & watch what I eat. Just Do it.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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My son is diabetic (Type 1), has been living with it for 11 years now, takes insulin every day and he just carries his supplies in a lunch kit. One of those nylon insulated ones. We keep his spare insulin in the fridge but when he runs out it just lives in the lunch kit till it gets used up.

You have the right attitude, there's no reason you can't do anything you want. Just pay attention to your body, most diabetics get a "signal" that they're going low. My son's legs hurt, so he knows he needs to eat or drink juice, chew on a few glucose tablets etc. if his legs are hurting. Don't ignore the signal! especially if you're riding at the time. Just carry small snacks, and Jeffrey likes the glucose tablets cause they're small and fit in his pocket and they don't get all squished etc. Sorry a lot of this may not apply to you with Type 2 but all I know is Type 1.

Good luck!

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Old 02-11-2008, 03:30 PM   #5
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Here's a link to Medicool.

I've used their products to keep my insulin cool. I've worn out four or five of these. I take it everywhere I go. Edit: But I don't wear it on my belt. I carry it, and if I have to put it down at a friends home or somewhere else, I always put my keys in it. That way, I can't leave without it.

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:59 AM   #6
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Not to Scare you....

One of my best friends died from taking too much insulin last week. Don't underestimate the fact that this is serious.

But don't let it stop you either, my buddy ran marathons, and rode his bicycle from coast to coast.....

But do yourself a favor and get a medilert tag...and perhaps even write on your jacket that you are diabetic...and where your glucose is....with instructions......that way if ANYONE finds you they can figure out how to help.

I know this is not your question...but felt obligated to offer this advice.....feel free to discard.
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