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JIM TURNER>> I ran into my friend, Bill
King at a TCOYD Conference in Austin, Texas recently.
And I told him I just left my insulin kit in the cab on the way to the convention center.
Hmm. Then he told me a travel story. BILL KING>> I was flying from
Philadelphia to San Francisco. When I got to the airport
I realized I didn't have my pump with me. (RECORD SCRATCH) JIM>> And... he gets on the plane.
Bad idea. BILL>> Called a friend
in Chicago who was a pump wearer, to meet me at the airport. He said no problem.
(BELLS) JIM>> So. Problem solved. BILL>> I proceeded on with the flight...
... was checking my blood sugar, but didn't have any insulin. And when I got to Chicago I called
him up and he said I can't make it I'm stuck in traffic. So now I'm on the next
leg of the flight...
(RECORD SCRATCH) JIM>> So Bill gets back on the plane still with no insulin. Another bad idea!
BILL>> My blood sugar kept climbing and climbing and climbing. And I'm like, what can I do?
JIM>> Check to see if somebody on the plane has some insulin?
BILL>> I ordered a... uh... ***. JIM>> Why would you do that?
BILL>> 'Cause I know alcohol has an effect on
your liver releasing... JIM>> Uh huh... BILL ...glucose.
(RECORD SCRATCH) JIM>> Huh...
In the Big Book of Bad Ideas... they haven't even thought of that. BILL>> So I drank the ***...
tried to fall asleep... got a wave of nausea...
...and when I entered the galley they all stopped talking turned and looked at me
and they're like, "Can I help you?" And as soon as I went to speak...
I had projectile vomiting of
water and ***. JIM>> (LAUGHING) BILL>> They were screaming...
"What is wrong with you?" And I said, "I have diabetes and they're like, "Do you need orange juice? I'm like, "No!
I need insulin." They made an announcement. Two people came forward with insulin, and...
I was able to inject and get myself back in the
safe zone. JIM>> Lucky for Bill, people with diabetes are like a
big band of brothers and sisters and will help each other out.
The question is... Are you prepared for the unexpected?
When you travel do you have a backup kit? CHRIS ALFANO>> Yes.
I think I carry three kits actually. ROSHAN GUPTA>> Yes. Spread 'em out in different bags...
Uh... cool them in different ways Some in the carry-on... well, everything in the carry-on.
GLORIA LITT>> I have the meds and the meter and it stays in my pretty little
makeup pouch. And that's it. I mean I think if I lost it I'd have to replace
everything that was in it. So I don't have any
back-up for it. ROSHAN>> I do you have like... spare infusion sets
scattered in random places. SARA NOWELS>> I have a backup meter at home. It's like
uh... one that has a really cheap... uh... strips. GLORIA>> I've never considered
sort of... the... the diabetes bug out bag.
That I can take and go. In fact, I'm going to put that on my to do list. ROSHAN>> Doctors advocated having
But then again you only get so much insulin from your insurance. So...
I can't afford to put an insulin bottle in my car that goes bad.
CHRIS>> You never know if the plane's gonna get delayed... cancelled.
You're going to have to stay overnight that you didn't plan. Just to be over-prepared is
better than to be under prepared. JIM>> So this is our wake up call.
Let's all make sure that we've prepared our... diabetes bug out kit.