Diabetics Who Attend Burning Man


Diabetics Who Attend Burning Man

This is a group for anyone who lives with diabetes and goes to the Burning Man festival. Here we can share tips and experiences about being in such harsh climates while still managing our diabetes and staying healthy.

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Comment by lifeexcellence on January 4, 2015 at 2:03pm

Hi there,

I'll start at the 2015 Burning Man Ultramarathon 50k with T1D.


It will be my first time BM and I'm very happy to meet you there.

Comment by overthinker on August 15, 2014 at 3:24pm

I was diagnosed T1D less than a year ago. I am in the transitional stage where I am mainly treating it with drugs but occasional insulin. So I'm not too experienced yet.

No specific questions. But is anyone from this group attending this year (2014)?

Have found some great resources already. Check out the advice from Soylent Queen in this thread:

Comment by MrSilver on February 10, 2014 at 1:06pm

I am a 20+ year Burner, recently Dx'd with T2 Diabetes.

I also suffer with a chronic lower back condition. I usually camp with the Department of Mobility Camp and I provide a badass "playa worthy" golfcart (his name is Golifcus Carticus II) which I use to give rides to handicapped, injured, tired, dehydrated etc etc Burners, and "Burgin" burners too of course!

Sadly I have not been able to go back "home" since my recent Diagnoses, but in time I will manage to work it out and attend again. For now I live in the shadow of the black rock! ;) in the Northern California region close to Reno and I make do with being a local Burner and help projects off playa and attend off playa events and such (I do miss the Big Burn though!)

Someday I'll return Home...I have a very special list of talents I can show off and share that go far beyond providing my gift of Golficus Carticus II... One of them is my ability to make incredible flaming cocktails and flambés that literally blow the roof off the house (or dome or pavilion etc) I'm infamous for these Flambes and several other artistic talents and I'm an excellent "Obtainiast" (that means I know where to source free stuff for Burning Man projects.)

I will not be attending the 2014 Big Burn but I'll be watching from "Camp Envy" the live feed camera, go Camp Envy!

Much Love and Hugs! ~]'[~ MrSilver (playa name(s) to be revealed at a later date and time, tee hee!)

PS If anyone has questions please ask away, but know that typing is difficult/painful for me due to my bad back, hence I have found that if I give advice I am able to either direct Virgin attendees to another Burner or I can explain things on the phone and I can refer some to other forums rich with information.

Again Much Love n Hugzzzzzzzz! and I think all diabetics should have extra protection on the playa. I have yet to Burn at the BIG Burn on the Playa with diabetes but I do have a close friend who has diabetes and burns and also know two nurse burners. It can be done, but some extra caution and planning are a must (e.g. know where the medical tents are, they are excellent and almost as good as a real hospital!!) ;)

Comment by mary_grace on August 5, 2013 at 11:29am

There's a possibility I'll be attending BM this year, but I'm still searching for tickets. It will be my first time, so is there any advice on 1) how to find tickets at the last minute, and 2) how to best manage your diabetes while on the playa? I'm most concerned about whether or not it will affect my insulin pump and sensor.

Comment by Donna H on July 30, 2011 at 6:55am
So excited that BM is less than a month away now. Just wanted to throw out the info -- I am definitely going to be in Barbie Death Camp Village (which should be pretty easy to find) and my camp is Shangri-playa. We have a couple of medics in our camp -- so keep that in mind if you find you need some help out on the playa.
Comment by Frankie Sloane on June 23, 2011 at 10:14am
Oh, and about the alcohol, if you have good self control, then power to you! I don't do any other drugs and while it is fun to be sober too, it is also fun to be a little tipsy out there! So, I will probably imbibe, however I will be sure that I have good people watching my back.
Comment by Frankie Sloane on June 23, 2011 at 10:13am

Welcome! Yay! it is great that you have a resource there (your brother) and I think you are spot on in your assumption that drinking lots of water will help. At Burning Man, this is true in general. You actually have to drink 4x as much water in general out there. It is crazy dry.
Comment by Liana on June 20, 2011 at 12:17pm
Hi all! So happy to find this group! I'll be attending BM for the first time ever. The good news is that I am going with my brother who has an established camp and potentially more access to the things I need. But, I'm still concerned. I went to Coachella this year and got terribly dehydrated. Because of this I couldn't get my blood sugar down, no matter how much insulin I pumped. I'm worried it will be even worse at BM. I'm assuming I just need to try and drink a ton of water when there - and maybe no alcohol? Thanks!
Comment by Frankie Sloane on June 18, 2011 at 2:15am
Welcome Aaron, yay I am so happy people are slowly trickling in! I am still in that new stage, but also falling off the wagon a bit. I just plan on bringing lots of lara bars and dried mango, in case I am running around like crazy and not eating much.
Comment by Frankie Sloane on June 18, 2011 at 2:13am
Donna, it is tempting to want to wear sandles because it is so hot but I don't recommend it! Definitely bring a good pair of boots to protect your feet from the crazy alkaline desert. The only time I ever wore sandals was around camp, but really, I mostly wore slippers around camp. I wanted to be comfortable but still have my feet protected! Also, part of the experience is dressing up and feeling good. Sandals just get coated in dust and you can barely see them. But a nice pair of hunky boots looks awesome and protects your feet. If you are not that concerned with style, tennis shoes are still better than sandals!

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