What to bring abroad as a Type-1 Diabetic?

 

Later I will show you what I personally put in my carry on bag when flying, especially abroad.

Find out more in the video. Below you can find a generalization list that the ADA recommends that Diabetics carry on their trips.

  • Insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products (vials or box of individual vials, jet injectors, biojectors, epipens, infusers and preloaded syringes)
  • Unlimited number of unused syringes when accompanied by insulin or other injectable medication
  • Lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, meter-testing solutions
  • Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter and needle)—insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin
  • Glucagon emergency kit
  • Urine ketone test strips
  • Unlimited number of used syringes when transported in Sharps disposal container or other similar hard-surface container
  • Sharps disposal containers or similar hard-surface disposal container for storing used syringes and test strips
  • Liquids (to include water, juice or liquid nutrition) or gels
  • Continuous blood glucose monitors
  • All diabetes related medication, equipment, and supplies

– See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/know-your-rights/discrimination/public-accommodations/air-travel-and-diabetes/what-can-i-bring-with-me.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#sthash.m1A3j36C.dpuf

 

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“You’ve got to stand up for yourself in life. You can’t let the world run over you.” – Norma Bates

Where do I begin? Oh, Bates Motel, my heart weeps. It’s been 4 years of an emotional and psychological roller coaster that I have enjoyed so much. I really hate to think that I’m going to have to get off of this ride, but all good things have to come to an end.

This show has had a beautiful and talented team, developed by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano. I cannot say that I have ever viewed a show that I have been above and beyond impressed with the writing and directing, as I do with Bates. We all know the story about Norman Bates, the motel owner who lived in a creepy house on the hill above the motel. He had a psycho mother who was controlling and demanding. Ultimately, that turned Norman into the killer which we were introduced to in the 60’s by the great Alfred Hitchcock.

But, we really did not know the relationship between Norman and Norma. We only knew what Norman told us. We all know that we cannot believe 100% of whatever someone with Mental Health and Identity issues says. So, was Norma everything Norman said she was? Or was Norma a victim to Norman Bates, just like the rest of society?

Going into the show, I was trained to dislike Norma because we have all heard the stories about her. I did not know what to expect with this series. Were they going to stick to the story line that the movies laid out? Were they going to tread lightly around those facts or totally revamp it all? Historically, I am not a fan to prequels. Actually, I was never a fan of stories that were revisions taken place in current times. Pretty much, everything Bates Motel was supposed to be, I was not a fan of.

After watching the first episode, they had my attention and that’s all she wrote. It was love at first sight. Every Monday was exciting and full of mystery. Where are they taking us? We all know the ending…………or do we?

This season has proved that they wanted to intersect the original story with theirs, but they’re leaving their mark on this story and taking us places we never really dreamed of. I love the direction that they’re taking, the twists and turns. I love how you think you know whats going to happen and then there is a sharp turn around the corner which leaves us with our jaws dropping.

With just the *very last episode* left of this series, I am really heart broken to see it come to an end. However, I do respect that they only wanted this series to be 5 seasons long (Oh, hey, did you know my all-time favorite number is 5? Did you know I have 5 number 5’s tattooed on me? lol I find that appropriate). I respect that they knew the ending from day one and built Norman and Norma’s world around it and it has been seamless.

You know you’ve done really well if you can get your viewers emotionally attached to *every character*. I feel like i’ve gotten to know the victims, the villains and the hero’s and I want them ALL to have a happy ending. I know that is really impossible, but dammit, the writing is genius.

Unfortunately, I will not be in the United States on 4/24 when they air the LAST EPISODE of Bates Motel. I’m going to try really hard to find a way to watch it when I am in England, but I cannot promise that i’ll be able to do that in a timely fashion. I’m going to be out and about, having fun, so I don’t know WHEN I’ll be able to fit it in there. I just know that it does pain me a little that I wont be viewing it at the same time as the rest of the East Coast.

Oh well, I will wait, I have no choice.

So PLEASE, respect my wishes and DO NOT write me with spoilers or discuss the SERIES FINALE with me. I’ll be sure to post about the episode when I view it, and you all will know it…..which would be a better time to come talk to me. Just please, do not ruin this last episode for me. NO SPOILERS. I’ll just have to avoid all social media until I view it.

I’ve been MIA, I know

I haven’t disappeared, I promise.

It’s been a bit since I’ve written in this blog and that’s for a few different reasons.
1. I’ve been overwhelmed with getting my shit together for my trip (which I am leaving for in 10 days).
2. I’ve been battling BAD anxiety, which I have been making myself physically ill.
3. My blood sugars have been meh.
4. I have absolutely NO motivation and I have been slacking hard core.

I know these are primarily excuses, but I’m just briefing you on why. As I said above, I leave for the UK in 7 days and I have so much to do. I have to finish packing. I have to make sure I have everything sorted *at home* so when I leave there will be nothing left hanging. I also need to RELAX, which I am not doing really easily.

I’m going to vlog my trip, as best as I can. I’m going to be going out of my element by vlogging in the airport and other places, publicly, which kinda freaks me out. But, I’m going to make an honest attempt at least.

I promise that i’ll have plenty of pictures and try to update as much as possible. I need to make sure I have a UK SIM Card this time so I can post while I am out and about (I didn’t do that last time).

Everything will be OK, right? I hope.

I’m Alive and Going Gray

Hello Guys, it’s that time where I actually post a YouTube Video. It’s been a few months since I properly updated my channel and I wanted to fix that.

Please excuse the poor quality as I used my laptop. I didn’t want to wait, I have to charge my camera (but I can’t find the chord). I really just wanted to quickly update everyone on whats been happening (not very much) and what’s to come (lots of things).

Thank you guys so much for hanging in there with my channel and staying loyal viewers. I appreciate your support greatly. I want to add more content to my channel, so any suggestions will be appreciated!

Until next time, take care!

I am a Type 1 Diabetic who is under insured

Ive been a Type 1 diabetic since the early 90’s and I will forever live with this disease. There are (currently) no cures and I forever depend on insulin injections to live. There’s no alternative treatment. Diet and Exercise will not change that either.

Short and sweet: Without insulin I will DIE.

So, like with most medical issues someone would have, it takes a lot of doctors appointments, medical supplies and prescriptions to manage this disease. In order to have a health life you cannot play games. You have to ensure that you have enough testing supplies, needle tips, insulin, lancets, alcohol swabs and other things on a daily basis.

Affording these things are important. I always had a job since I was 14. I primarily needed to work for the Health Insurance. Being uninsured as a diabetic is a nightmare and very dangerous. The cost of supplies are extremely expensive at retail costs.

Here are the facts:
– People with diabetes who use insulin need this medication every day in order to live.
– The cost of insulin has risen steadily and steeply, creating financial hardships for individuals who rely on it to survive, particularly those who are uninsured or underinsured. Between 2002 and 2013, the average price of insulin nearly tripled.
– Insulin is frequently cited as one of the most expensive categories of drugs by private and government health care payers, with insulin leading the list of price hikes for non-generic drugs in a recent government report on Medicare spending.
– Insulin pricing is driven by a complex supply chain consisting of many players including manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers, insurers and pharmacies.
– In much of Europe, insulin costs about a sixth of what it does in the United States; and
– The increased cost of insulin has resulted in a growing number of people with diabetes telling their health care providers they are unable to afford the insulin prescribed for them, thus exposing them to serious long and short term health consequences.

Since 2014(ish) the costs of my insulin are HUNDREDS of dollars (even after my coverage) a month. If you tally up the entire costs for everything I use a month……….I would pay over 400 dollars. As of this year, the cost of my copay went up and it’s getting impossible to afford. Being a diabetic I have these costs, plus my bills, food and gas. I could never live on my own at the rate things are for me currently.

I honestly have made my medications stretch. I have manipulated my insulin and not given myself the right amounts so I wouldn’t run out before I had money. I’ve called my insurance company, my providers, manufacturers and advocates to express my situation. I am not alone. I am just one out of thousands who have the same issue.

My main issue is my health coverage. I do not have options that would suit me and diabetes. I do not have the luxury or option for better coverage than what I currently have. Actually, we will never get anything better. I’ve spoken to the VP of HR and Benefits and was told this too. We will never have an HMO or PPO. We will only have an HRA or HSA. Thats it. I’m underinsured.

There’s something that you can do to help me. Sign this petition and tell your friends and family to sign and help. By being unable to afford insulin it will cause more harm than good to my life.

This should not be an issue, unfortunately it is.

https://donations.diabetes.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=SD_Grassroots_Advocacy_Petition_Page

“We all go a little mad sometimes”

You may or may not know that I am a big fan of Bates Motel. I’ve been a fan since day 1 and it’s been one of my favorite shows since ‘Dexter’ ended.

Everything has to end, right? Well as of this month, the Series Finale, Season 5 begun. While this is very bittersweet for me, you have to appreciate that fact that they are not dragging the series out.

What I believe is bad is when someone takes an amazing show and stretch it out to death. There’s sometimes something special in telling a story and it not last MANY YEARS. I feel that the writers and creators of this Series are absolutely brilliant. They knew going in that the arc of Norman Bates would take just 5 seasons. They didn’t want to tell his backstory and make it go on and on. They had such a strong character development to tell the story of those surrounding White Pine Bay and the Bates Motel.

The last 4 seasons you got to know all the main characters and the reoccurring ones. It let you into the minds of Norman AND Norma. You also grew bonds with everyone else. Even though you knew the ending of Norman Bates and what got him in trouble, you desperately did not want to see Norma die.

Speaking of Norma, Vera is a phenomenal actress. She gave Norma believable desperation and provided the role of momma bear to a T. She also was incredibly insecure and scared. You also go to watch her downward spiral in wanting some normalcy and happiness. I won’t lie, I did cry a lot during the last two episodes of Season 4.

And here we are, season 5. We hone in to the relationship between Norman and ‘mother’. We get to watch him go mad, and its clear from the first episode, Norman has lost it beyond repair. Then again, we know that there will never be a repair. However, just for the first episode laying out the ground work to what appears to be a very emotional and intense finale, I am excited.

I trust that there will be tears this season for me too. Yeah, I’m emotional. The love that I have for this show is pretty large and there will be a massive piece missing from my life Monday night’s when it is over.

Thankfully I can binge like no tomorrow for ever and ever and ever.

I haven’t posted on Youtube because of my General Anxiety Disorder

If you don’t know by now, I have General Anxiety Disorder. You can learn more about it by visiting my Youtube Channel and watching this video:

I know this video is older, but the same information applies. I actually have had medication changes since then, but I am still managing my anxiety with medications.

My Diabetes gives me a lot of anxiety and depression. I worry nonstop about things that I know isn’t anything that I should be concerned about at this time, but I worry.

I want to make an updated video about my anxiety with my diabetes and the things that I have been dealing with lately. In fact, the reason why I haven’t made any youtube videos in a while is because of my anxiety and depression. I desperately want to make more videos, but I have far too much going on inside my head to actually sit down and make a video. Instead I am trying to fix myself and focus on me before I venture back into making content for my channel.

People don’t realize exactly how much time it takes to make a video. The prepping, the setup, the personal things I do (hair, makeup, etc) and the actual recording and editing. If I am not in the right mood to make videos it will definitely show and I don’t want to put out content that will bother me personally. I don’t want my viewers to see crap videos.

So, I am thinking about actually making a new video discussing this. Discussing my anxiety, provide some sort of update and maybe discuss what has been going on in my world. I’m just dealing with a lot of anxiety right now and filming is the last thing I want to do. So I appreciate your patience with my lack of content, but I’ll be back eventually, I swear.