Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dream a little dream!

Well, since I was diagnosed at such a young age, I don’t know what it would be like to live without diabetes constantly in the back of my mind. I suppose the calluses on my fingers would eventually heal, and people would no longer think I was still living in the 80s since I wouldn’t have a “beeper” on my hip anymore. It would be great to go to work every day and NOT worry about going low in the afternoon. I guess I’d be able to scuba dive and workout without worry. Traveling would be easier, since I wouldn’t get stopped and searched while going through airport security (rant coming soon) and I wouldn’t have to worry about making sure I have enough supplies to last through my trip. I don’t think my diet would really change, and I’m not sure anything else would change much.

But… who knows? Maybe we’ll all find out a few years down the road! PLEASE support the research efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to make this dream come true sooner!

And now, here’s my airport security rant. Skip ahead if you don’t care to read it!

When I first started wearing a pump about 10 years ago, I would always get stopped and searched at the airport since people didn’t know what an insulin pump was. Then, after a few years, the TSA folks were trained to recognize them, and I was able to breeze through security, just like anyone else. However, within the past 18 months, another shift has happened. Now, when going through security, when the TSA agent sees my pump, they immediately call someone over. That person grabs all my belongings and I am swept away to be searched. And they search everything! My neatly packed bag with all my camera gear is soon tossed about the TSA table as if it were a case of Legos. Why? I suppose they caught on that liquid is stored in this little plastic case. It is extremely frustrating. As if traveling weren’t stressful enough, someone at TSA decided to make it worse by allowing all belongings to be searched simply because I’m wearing an insulin pump. Annoying! So, what’s my solution? I hide it. Yes, that’s right… I get around this search by temporarily putting my pump somewhere that the TSA personnel won’t be able to see as I walk through the metal detector. Pumps don’t set off the metal detector, so they don’t have any idea that (gasp!) a pump-wearing diabetic has just passed through! And… the thing is… it works! When I flew out on Wednesday, before going through security, I went to the bathroom and attached my pump to my bra. Then, once in the gate, I removed it and put it back in my hip pocket. Success!

Ok, rant over.

And that’s it for Diabetes Blog Week! Thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read a little more about the crazy life I lead! MANY thanks to Karen of Bitter-Sweet Diabetes Blog for getting this idea out there! I thought it would be tough to stick with the blog-a-day thing (have you seen my track record???) but it was easier than I thought, and I hope that it has brought a little insight to everyone who checked in.

We’ll now get back to our regularly scheduled programming. :)

Thanks again!


Wendy May 17, 2010 at 3:02 AM  

Great post :) Funny, because I asked an airport security person how insulin pumps are managed in security and he TOLD me just to hide it...okay.

Note to self: Addy needs to wear a long shirt the next time we fly.

Lauren May 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

Wow, that's pretty nuts! But good to know that it's endorsed by TSA agents. ;)

Anonymous,  May 21, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

It is easily to just not say anything. Although we have never been told to hide it, we have been told there's no need to mention it unless someone asks, which is close enough for me!

Team Vang June 3, 2010 at 4:12 PM  

Okay, this is totally random, but I saw your blog on Facebook and have enjoyed checking out your photography! Anyway, I saw this today and thought of your airport post :)

Tim June 4, 2010 at 1:57 AM  

Wow, Great blog Lauren. You are such a trooper;-)

See you at the next photoshoot -Tim