Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's our turn to spend it with my side of the family. It's becoming more and more of a challenge to get together with the family, just because of our sheer numbers! This year, my parents decided to rent a huge house just outside Zion National Park for our Thanksgiving reunion. We're all excited because it will be a place where we have enough room to accommodate everyone, with seven bedrooms, two kitchens, two laundry rooms, game rooms, a theater room and plenty of room for the kids to run outside. It's going to be great!
Now comes the tricky part… getting organized and ready to spend five days with the whole crowd! In the past, holidays have been not only stressful, but tricky from a type 1 diabetes-care perspective. Here's my most important to-do: Remember all of the supplies! Whenever we go on a trip far from home, we make sure we bring double or even triple the supplies we might need. If we were to run out of something or break an insulin vial, or the meter was to run out of batteries, we would be in quite a bind. Our packing list includes extra insulin, pump supplies, a back-up meter and lancing device, extra batteries, and more than enough test strips, lancets, syringes, alcohol prep pads, and juice. We even carry an extra copy of a prescription, just in case.
Here are some things we'll be thinking about when planning our out-of-town holiday gathering:
With enough planning and patience, I think our trip is going to be a great success!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.