Hi everyone! my almost 14 year old son jacob is going on a field trip to 6 flags in a few weeks, (9a-9p!) there will be chaperones and a nurse available but not always with the students from my understanding. he does not want me to attend and am ok with that, I am trying to think of this as an opportunity for jacob to be responsible and handle this social experience which he really hasn't had to much of because he is pretty reserved and self conscious about his D. i would say 1/2 of his friends are aware of his D and obviously don't care. anyways he really is very responsible and knowledgeable, 3 years in 1 year with the omnipod. i was thinking of doing a slight temp basal decrease for the whole day considering all the walking, but then there is the huge excitement factor ( we have never been to an amusement park, not my thing!) i was just looking for some input on any variables encountered at an amusement park, pump issues? activity vrs. excitement ( lows and highs) any thoughts would be appreciated! amy
I haven't noticed any "adrenaline" spikes from roller coasters or anything like that. Then again, I'm 44? Most of our recent trips have been to Disneyland but we also hit Six Flags near Chicago every now and then. Usually the marching around leaves me munching a lot of garbage all day. I agree a basal cut, maybe 70-85% of regular would be a good idea.
I usually bring my own jelly bean stash. I think that many of the parks prohibit bringing your own food so if you'd want to bring sandwiches, or whatever, you might get some static from security? I haven't had any problem with that ever though.
No better way to ruin a trip to six flags then to be dealing with low bg all day long. So a temp rate might be good. I would choose to run a little high than trying to maintain the perfect BG level that day.
What I might do is ask him to get there and run around for an hour or so and then test to see what way he is trending to get a baseline. If he's running steady or a little higher, your temp basal guess is probably good. If you guessed wrong and he is trending lower than you want then you might have a new predetermined lower temp rate.
Also I'm sure you have other experience with similar activity (e.g. an afternoon of hiking) that I'm sure you could use as a starting point for your plan.
sounds good! thanks for the reassuring advise!
I think you have the right idea to lower his basal rate...better high than low! I hope he has a great time!
This one is easy...
Let the boy run a little higher than normal... maybe 20% higher, as if he was intensely exercising. That will give you/him the buffer which his body will have to literally walk through before any worries about lows can ever surface.
You don't care much about "highs" we can hammer them back into place. Lows, far more dangerous suddenly. Make sure he covers whatever garbage he ends up eating CONSERVATIVELY. Don't over do the garbage eating...
Pssst if , if he does get regular soda, get the BOTTLES of it. The fountain stuff can be severely watered down between the mixture-ratio of carbinated water to syrup. Be real careful (go very very lite "covering" it) if he gets soda from the fountain(s) instead of in a bottle(s).