We have had comments and messages about people having issues traveling with devices so we have some useful tips for you:
Always carry a doctor’s letter stating that you have Diabetes and what medication/devices you are wearing or carrying.
Keep your Diabetes equipment separate and inform the security staff that you have medical supplies.
The Podder Resource Guide below has specific information about travel with Omnipods (pages 31-32)
The guide below also has quick and easy to understand information about what the Pod and PDM are. It might be useful to print this out to have when traveling to help security staff understand the devices (pages 4-5)
It is recommended that you carry your Freestyle Libre User guide (in the original box) to give staff more information about the device.
Omnipods and Freestyle Libres CAN be worn through body scanners. You should always carry spare replacement devices when traveling just in case anything goes wrong but Insulet (Omnipod) and Abbott (Freestyle Libre) have informed us there is no evidence that body scanners cause issues.
Your PDM and Libre Reader should go through the baggage scanner, not the body scanner.
Ensure you carry extra supplies of everything, including all medication, replacement devices, batteries and hypo treatment. You should always travel with injections/pens even if you use a pump.
The Freestyle Libre Reader should be deactivated during flight, and your phone should be put into Flight Safe mode. The Libre should not be scanned for the duration of the flight. There is no need to remove the device from your body.
The built-in strip port on the Freestyle Libre Reader can be used to take blood glucose or ketone readings during flight. Turn on the reader by inserting a test strip. Turning on the reader with the Home Button will activate the radio.
Hi everyone, I’m Steph. I am the chairperson of Diabetes Guernsey, a mum of one and a paediatric speech and language therapist. I was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 8, so will soon be celebrating my 22-year diaversary (yes, there will be cake). Here is a snapshot of my life at the moment!
I have an early wake up from my 17-month-old daughter. I quickly have time to scan my Libre before I get her up! I remember to take my tablets (for insulin resistance and my thyroid condition) and make a coffee to wake up. As usual, I’m doing too many things at once and forget to do my insulin until I’m halfway through breakfast, cue the mid-morning sugar spike!
It gets to dinner time and I realise I haven’t checked my blood enough today, or had enough water (a big factor for me in sugar control), but luckily, I remembered to do my insulin at lunch so things aren’t looking too bad!
I finish the day doing a bit of work, eating a few handfuls of chocolate buttons (I’m only human) and hoping to get to bed early enough to get my 8 hours (haha).
I find my diabetes hugely frustrating some days and other days it goes smoothly. I get annoyed for forgetting, not testing enough and eating the wrong things, but I always try to remind myself that I can’t do it all, and for now, while life is hectic, I just need to do my best!