…you realize you have four more days of you business trip left and you only packed a sum total of one-fourth of a bottle of Humalog. Sure, there’s your emergency “spare” bottle (an Apidra bottle that expired a month ago that’s definatley been stored in some too high or too low temps while in your luggage), but who really wants to go there? Though I technically have enough insulin to fill my next pod tomorrow night and make it all the way home on Saturday, I don’t have wiggle room for a broken insulin pod or worse, dropping and breaking the glass vial (which did indeed happen in Mexico once- yikes! That’s another post though…)
My back up plan? Well, let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m from San Diego and while I’m here, I have several friends with diabetes I can call as well as my endocrinologist (and his sample stash) just up the street, if it really came down to it. But that doesn’t take into account an emergency in the middle of the night, or in the middle of important trainings and meetings I’m here for this week. Between this and last week’s on-the-road lack of preparedness, my usual Eagle-Scout level of safety is slipping, to say the least. Although I know this is a function of me having way too much on my plate right now as I tackle my new job, it’s still no excuse for not being prepared. Diabetes: the most annoying full-time job you never wanted…with a never-ending to-do list and things to remember.