Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Tips

Current Bloodsugar: 119

Today's Prompt: Holiday Travel – The pilgrims traveled for 66 days to make it to the “new world.”  Do you travel for Thanksgiving or other holidays?  What tricks or tips do you use to navigate airport crowds, traffic-filled highways and blood glucose fluctuations?

We don't really travel a lot for the holidays.  My folks are close by and hubby's are within driving distance.  It's nice to be able to see family without having to fly across the country or the world.  To navigate this crazy time of year I definitely have some tricks up my sleeve, not just for diabetics...

1) If going out of town for every week, pack enough insulin, diabetes supplies, and snacks for 2 weeks.  This is so important if your plane/car/walking stick leads you to a deserted island with absolutely no medical care or pharmacy...ok so this may be a little extreme...I do however pack enough supplies to last me a few more days than I need.

2) Bake, cook, bring with you things that you know you can eat!  This is so important, not only cause you might not like Great Aunt Gertrude's congealed salad, but also because when every one else is noshing on holiday goodies you may want something you can eat too!

3) Leave your worries, concerns, and overall stress at home.  The holidays should be filled with joy and happiness and family fun.  Don't let the stress of traveling and other people's insanity get in the way of your good time.

4)  Tell people what you want and need (food, space, that crazy expensive television).  This is key to surviving the holidays when tons of people are convening in one tiny house.

5) Have a good pet-sitter/farm watcher.  When you have as many animals as we do you have to have a reliable person who can come by and check on all the critters.  It will ease your mind to know everyone is ok!

6) Remember that the stress and excitement of waiting in line to see Santa can make your bloodsugars a little wacky.  So don't get discouraged when your numbers go a little haywire.  Take them as they are and do what you need to fix them, then go on up there, pop a squat on Santa's lap and break out that long list.

7)  Take a deep breath, remember that folks love you and keep your head on straight, January is just around the corner!

Now...If I could only take my own advice!

1 comment:

  1. It's a blessing to have most of my family close to me too. Although,we have been known to go and see my grandpa who lives 4 hrs away. lol