So here’s a dilemma that I’d love some input on from other diabetes parents – going on an “off road” vacation with a young child with type 1 diabetes.
Background: Winter looms
As the Minneapolis winter closes in, my wife and I naturally begin thinking of getting away to warmer climes, if only for a few days. After a decade of living in Canada, we know that an uninterrupted winter of short days, grey skies, and bitter cold are bad for family dynamics. Getting away somewhere sunny and warm is really nice, if possible.
Any parents with young children – ours are nine and five – knows that travel with kids can be both wonderful and challenging. Although there are exceptions, most young kids really like vacations that involve warm weather, a beach, and a heated swimming pool. We spent an entire year living in Mexico, home to some of the world’s most fantastic history, colonial architecture, and pre-Hispanic ruins, and all my kids remember are the crassly touristic beach resorts. My wife and I hated the commercialness of those places; the kids thought they were in paradise.
This year, we thought briefly of driving to a remote ranch in the Southwest, where there are no phones or internet connections. The idea would be to “get away from it all,” hike in the mountains, and ride horses.
Should we take the risk? When is it OK to do this kind of vacation with a young T1D child?More specifically, is it irresponsible to be out of phone contact, when we have a five year old with diabetes, on an insulin pump? To be sure, we know how to handle most diabetes emergencies, and carry syringes, Glucagon, extra insulin, and so forth with us. Until now, however, it’s always been a huge comfort while traveling to know that we can phone the doctor if necessary, quickly find a pharmacy with insulin, or even, should all else fail, reach an appropriate emergency facility.
I’d really like some input on this from diabetes parents with more experience. When, if ever, can a diabetes parent go off the beaten track?