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Anyone travel to different time zones with pump?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Lizzy731, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. Lizzy731

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    We are leaving for the UK in a week and it will be the first time that we encounter more than an hour time difference with the pod (5 hour difference). I am unsure how to proceed with switching the time on her pump because of her fluctuating basal program. We arrive at night and I was going to switch the time in the AM when we wake up...any advice or experience with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. NomadIvy

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    Some people change the time everyday to get closer and closer to the local time. We just change the time on the pump and meter half-a-day to one day after arrival. Then we watch her closely.

    Like last night (we just arrived from Asia with a 14 hour time difference)...she ate in the middle of the night and since her I:C ratios are higher at night, and we had already changed the time on her pump, she went a bit higher 'cause her body was still on "home time". Just corrected that two hours PP. And just a few hours ago, past midnight, she was at 51 mg/dL. I never know when her body is going to adjust to local time, Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes a few days. :confused:

    Good luck and enjoy your trip to the UK.
     
  3. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    We've made that trip a bunch of times - generally speaking things are going to be pretty screwed up even without the time/basal issue. The excitement, food, altitude, altered sleep schedule etc etc and I'm just talking about the flight :p I generally leave everything alone for the flight - test often and adjust/correct as needed ( she tends to run a bit high while traveling).

    Once we land I usually just switch her over to UK time but I watch her pretty closely for the next 48 hs of so - that first day you're just so tired that what's day and what's night is a bit of the blur, both to mind and body. ;)

    Have fun!
     
  4. Lizzy731

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    Thanks you both for your input. It helps we have a CGM but I am ready for a bumpy ride!
     

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