Above is the link to the inter-web page and the two ladies that are given credit for the article have some good background on the subject and are medical professionals but I personally dislike it when there is a huge focus on the parents, doctors, families to do the work for the diabetic no matter what the age (OK so like under 9 they should all be doing this but with the diabetic involved in every step). I have cut and pasted from the inter-web below:
- This part is pretty good, having the diabetic work with people on what they should do. Remember diabetics are the one with the disease and need to be able to do it themselves and then educate others how to take care of them if anything comes up, and don't be a cook at your kids camp just to keep an eye on them let them get out from under your wings.
- If you are calling your doctor everyday from camp either you have too much money or need to get kicked in the nuts for having to discuss meals with your doctor hundreds of miles away. Freakin learn your diet either it is carb counting or something else but your doctor did not see what you did all day nor do they know what you are doing later. Hang up the phone and have fun and test all the damn time if you are worried about your numbers getting low and work with the staff medic. It is a thing called "trust" get familiar with it because you need it with diabetes.
- The camp medic should have your medical form on file with your doctors name and number and be aware of your disease and be willing to work with you but if they let you even use a phone at camp that is a camp to never attend again. There is a reason it is called camping and not sitting in the city on your computer and cell phone LOL'ing with your doctor all day.
- This is great advice and I have mentioned it several times on my blog. Water purification tables fit in anything and can save your life.
- A little bit of common sense here but don't stress the "eco" part too much, first be safe with your disease then worry about that carbon insulin foot print thing later.
- This is very important and you need to know exactly what to do because I have had every sort of issue with my pump in the backwoods and having a brain on my head and some simple backup supplies has helped me tremendously. When in doubt bring two extras of everything. I carry three extra meters because once I had two meters go dead on me.
- I don't know about this one, I recommend the tent buddies or bunk mates to be aware and willing to help if anything arises. Trust me when you are low whoever is in that tent with you will be awake and should know what to do. The tent buddies should know where the adults are and know to get them once you have stuck the diabetic in the but with his glucagon and stuffed his mouth with gummy bears.
- This is excellent advice and I have never thought about teaching this, see what searching the inter-web can find you new learning's all the time, even for the diabetic camper himself.