Keeping Insulin Cold on Air Travel Days
Posted 24 April 2010 - 04:58 PM
Oh, one more thing. I have a pump so I am using Novolog.
Posted 24 April 2010 - 05:15 PM
Type 1 dx 4/1987
Minimed Paradigm 723 Revel + CGMS
13mm Silhouettes + Sure-T infusion sets
Lifescan Ultra meters
Last A1c: 7/10: 5.4
Posted 24 April 2010 - 09:58 PM
Diagnosed T2 July 6, 1999
Mar 2011 - 5.8
Sep 2011 - 5.4
Mar 2012 - 5.4
Sep 2012 - 5.2
Apidra & Lantus MDI
Posted 24 April 2010 - 10:41 PM
I second those FRIO cooler thing. I also use Novolog. On my last oversea trip, I just bring a spare bottle and start the 2X days countdown when I pull it out from the fridge. I did not even bother with the cooler thing. It works out OK.
Yes, airport security may look at it twice and want to x-ray the stuff. I let them do that if asked. Only a couple of them visually "inspect" my insulin pump once I told them what it is. Other than that, they treat it very routine.
I hate those long trip. Takes up to 30 hours each way
DX 02/2002, Minimed 530G(751) w/CGMS on Novolog
Aspirin 81mg + Lipitor 10mg + Losartan 50mg
05/2014 A1C 5.8 Chol=154 Trig=96 HDL=48 LDL=87
Posted 24 April 2010 - 11:32 PM
I also use a pump and travel long distances often. Never a problem.
“I don't expect everything to be handed to me. Just set it down anywhere.”.
diagnosed type 1 October 1986
currently using Medtronic MiniMed
Revel 723 with CGMS CLEAR [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:26 AM
Thanks folks for all the helpful suggestions. Just looked up the frio wallet and am definitely going to get one of those. I also did not know that I can take my cooler and gelpack on the plane. Thanks again.
Yup, I recently traveled with my insulin pens, needles, lancets, etc with me on my carry on. They took out my freezer pack and raised an eyebrow once and I just said "It's for my insulin" and he saw it and was like "Oh yea, oh, okay" and we went on with our business. Safe travels. =]
Diagnosed: Jan 13, 2010
A1C: Jan'10--6.2%, Jun'10--7.2%, Sept'10--7.4%, Dec'10, 6.4%
Insulin: Pumping with a PINK Medtronic Mini Revel 530 - Novolog
Mental Status: Acceptance
Posted 25 April 2010 - 05:58 PM
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Type I Diabetic since 1988
Pumper since 2007
12/09 A1C - 5.7
Complication free and keeping it that way
Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:29 PM
CAUTION: Any thing that is frozen, gel pack or otherwise, need to insulated a little from the insulin to prevent your insulin from freezing.
Gomer Sir Falls-A-Lot
Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:38 PM
...But, I used to carry my insulin in a small cooler with a small frozen liquid pack in it. Now, I assume I cannot do that. There is even a specific travel carrier that is designed to transport insulin, but again, it has a frozen liquid pack...
I do the same thing and haven't had any trouble. I let the TSA agents know that I'm carrying my diabetes kit and ask if they want to hand check it - so far no one's been interested.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:06 PM
Insulin can be kept at least at room temp for up to 28 days before it goes wrong. You don't need any additional cooling for a 12 hour flight. I used to carry around a pen in my pocket for up to two weeks in 50C heat without any problems.
Ancient message, but it struck my how different our experiences can be. When I was pumping and so had my insulin in my pocket for 3-5 days, I found during 40c heatwaves it seemed to lose potency in a few days, enough for me to need to push through a great deal more to get the same effect. Of course I'd double check immediately with fresh insulin, which would work as per normal.
There's always user error or misperception with things like the effect of insulin, but I guess there are also other factors that may mean significant variation like how long in direct light, how long in direct heat, what the insulin is kept in (I think this might be a biggie), and variations in the preservatives in different insulin preparations. And maybe another handful of factors, it could even be that some people's bodies don't mind slightly compromised insulin, and others do.
Some essentials for my blood sugar control: dosing via i:c ratio and cf • basal testing when needed • daily 40 minutes moderate exercise (or close) • carbs somewhere below 120g currently • only eating carbs and carb/fat combos that do not cause a problem spike, with or without insulin.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:33 AM
Another variance could be how close or how insulated the insulin is from BODY HEAT. I am not a pumper (yet, sad) but seems to me where the pump is worn AND whether the insulin is closer to the body one way than another.
I thin the better the insulins is insulated from ANY HEAT source, body or environment the better or longer it might last. JMO (just my opinion)
I was wearing my Lantus in a camera case on my belt. I have noticed my Lantus changing my numbers after 29-30 days. I have tried with success adding a unit or 2 after the 28+ days, but now I am keeping my in use vial in a cool spot in the room (not the frig) to see if I can get more days per vial. I waste a fair amount of Lantus a month, more than I would like. One of the penalties of not being insulin resistant.
Gomer Sir Falls-A-Lot
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