For our honeymoon we spent a week here. It was magical and perfect and everything you think it would be except for one thing. The insulin in my pod kept going bad. Luckily, I was living in this bubble of, “it’s my honeymoon and I don’t really give a rat’s ass what my diabetes is doing this week”, so dealing with this only reached a level of “annoying” rather than “enraging”.
The vials of insulin I brought never left the fridge in the resort room, so it wasn’t an issue of the vial going bad. However, within 24 hours of filling a pod – and always after spending the entire day at the beach – my numbers would be coasting 100-200 (!!!) points higher than they ever are and they would stay there until I changed the pod.
I have two theories:
A. Because the pod is placed directly on the skin, and the skin was hot all day long, the insulin cooked itself inside the pod and went bad
B. Drinking 12 hours a day for 7 days not only kills brain cells, but insulin
I’m going with A because I’ve spent all day drinking in other climates and the insulin never went bad. I think if I wore a tubed pump, I could have stayed connected, but put the pump in a small cooler next to my beach chair every day, but how lame would that be? “Honey, doesn’t my mini-cooler look sexy?”
This same problem happened to me when I spent a week in Ft. Lauderdale back in July 2013. I went through so many pods on that trip. I so rarely spend any time in a climate like Florida or Mexico, but the next time I do I’m going to strongly consider going back to Lantus and Humalog (MDI) to get me through the trip. At least with Lantus injections you KNOW the insulin got into you and isn’t going to have the opportunity to get hot in the sun. Not having consistent basal insulin KILLED my blood sugars.
Does anyone else on an OmniPod have success when on a beach vacation? What do people do who live in this type of climate year round?
*What I did LOVE about OmniPod was how easy it was to go into the ocean and also how easy it was to wear all my cute dresses I brought on the trip. OmniPod wins hands down for being discrete and comfortable.
|First day at the beach.|
|Our last day.|