Diabetes is a difficult disease to deal with and one which thousands live with in their daily lives. Thankfully, we have been able to help those who undergo bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico to overcome type 2 or the risk of becoming diabetic. But how do you prepare for travel to our Tijuana surgical center?
Before You Leave for San Diego
So here are some steps you can take before you travel to San Diego:
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor to go over your travel plans
- Acquire double the number of supplies you’d usually need. Take a letter from your doctor explaining you have diabetes
- If you need vaccines, we recommend you get them 3 to 4 weeks in advance to traveling
- Have a list of medical facilities en route to San Diego on hand in case it can come in handy
Diabetes Travel Kit
So what should you take with you beyond the above-listed items?
- Keep your primary doctor’s name and phone number with you at all times in case of emergencies
- Keep a list of medications you normally take on hand on your trip
- Take all necessary supplies with you in your carry-on bag, so you have it with you at all times
- Take enough supplies to last beyond the time you will be staying in Tijuana such as an extra weeks’ supply
- Wear medical identification that tells people you have diabetes
- Keep snacks, hard candy, and glucose gel or capsules with you in case your blood sugar drops low
- Ask your doctor for special instructions on insulin schedule if there is a timezone difference with your trip.
Let the airlines, drivers, and staff know in advance that you have diabetes when you meet them
Steps to Taking at the Airport
Now that you have packed for your trip and have your diabetes travel kit all put together, it’s time to board your flight and head to San Diego. Here are some helpful steps to take once you arrive at the airport:
- Inform the security that you, in fact, have diabetes, and of the medical supplies, you have on hand. Be sure that the supplies have a prescription label on them when taking them through security checkpoints.
- Be sure that any supplies you packed have appropriate manufacturer labels on them to avoid issues.
- Syringes can only be allowed by security when you have insulin with you. So be sure you have this taken care of before closing up your travel bag and heading to the airport.
- Insulin pumps can be worn on your trip, but you must inform security of this so that they can do the proper inspection. You are allowed to and definitely, should request that they not remove the pump.
On the Airplane
If you are boarded on the airplane, are in flight, and an insulin shot is needed, you want to be sure to do the shot with half the amount of insulin. The purpose for this is that the pressure in an airplane is different once it has taken off and is in flight.
You will want to change your injection schedule to meet the difference in time zones as well if it is of 2 or more hours. Your doctor can provide special instructions as was mentioned in the steps before you leave for San Diego.
Keep your insulin at a temperature between 33 F and 80 F and avoid freezing or exposing it to sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
Helpful Tip to Keep Your Feet Comfy
Here are some steps you can take to ensure you feet are kept healthy during your trip:
- Travel with one or more additional pairs of shoes that are comfortable that you can frequently change to avoid blisters and soreness. Same goes for socks.
- Follow a good foot hygiene routine such as foot powder to help ensure your feet are well taken care of. With all of the walking, you will need to do after surgery with us; this will be particularly useful.
In the Case of an Emergency Out of Your Home Country
When you travel to undergo bariatric surgery in Tijuana, Mexico there is, of course, the potential risk of a diabetes-related emergency. While you are under the care of our staff, they can assist you with issues that arise.
But it can’t hurt to have some additional resourceful information on hand.
Contact details for the Red Cross, local hospitals, or local medical schools.
An available resources if you speak English would be the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) at 716-754-4883
SOURCES: WebMD, American Diabetes Association