I Heard the Rain There Stays Mainly on the Plain.
Tomorrow night, Chris and I are traveling to Spain to visit the set of his movie. (Have I mentioned this? ;) Just in case I haven't, it's: Buried, written by Chris Sparling, directed by Rodrigo Cortes, and starring - weee! - Ryan Reynolds.)
This is my first trip to Europe. In preparation, I have paid the $200 for a rushed passport (stupid name change that I forgot to do on my old passport), had my script for flight-necessary xanax refilled, and I'm working my way through the pile of laundry left over from July's travel binge. I have scheduled for someone to watch our house, our cats, and our mailbox.
I've started to compile my diabetes supplies for the trip, including my old Minimed 512 as a back-up pump, two back-up meters in addition to my regular one, glucagon kits, and enough pump supplies, test strips, lancets, and glucose tabs for a month's worth of travel. (Even though we're only going for a week.) That's in addition to the bevy of snacks, that bottle of long-acting insulin, the bag of syringes, and ketone strips. Not to mention my Nikon equipment. And plenty of underpants.
I also have dinner scheduled on Friday night with the production team, which includes the aforementioned Reynolds and Cortes, which may require a new pair of shoes. (See the aforementioned: weeeee!)
It's a lot to pack, and my suitcase is already straining at the seams. How on earth am I going to smuggle back Inigo Montoya? ;)
I can barely figure out where I'm supposed to be next, but I do need to figure one last thing out for certain: How am I supposed to manage the time change and my blood sugars while in Spain?
Barcelona is six hours ahead of my current timezone, and at the moment I'm working very diligently (and oddly consistently) to keep my blood sugars harnessed. The last thing I want to do at this stage in the pre-pregnancy game is let things fall further off track. So while I want to sample the best of the Barcelona tapas and see the sights (oh, and visit the set of the movie, which will be surreal), I want to keep the lows and the highs to a bare minimum. I've been tracking my numbers on the "Kevin" spreadsheet, which is working out well. I've got it saved to a flash drive and I've been bringing it back and forth to work and home with me, and it's also coming to Spain. So I'm trying!
But I do need some travel advice. If you have any experience with the following, I'd love to hear about it:
- When do I change the time on my pump and meter? On the plane before I take off? Once I land? As we travel?
- Do I want to change my basal for that first day of travel?
- What can I expect after moving forward six hours?
- I'm bringing Levemir as my "in case the pumps break" back-up, so does anyone have any experience with going from pumping to Levemir?
- Also, where should we go in Barcelona? Any favorite places?