Thursday, June 4, 2015
Intro to D-Traveling
The Pretty Lady in My Life and I are about to embark on a new adventure in our life. Because she is a great person she has decided to be Gestational Surrogate. For those of you who don't know, (which is probably everyone because I had no idea previous to this), there are different kinds of surrogates. A Gestational Surrogacy means my wife will carry a child but will have no genetic relationship to the child. An embryo created from another couples egg and sperm will be transferred to her uterus where it will "cook" for a few months and then get to go home with his/her wonderful parents. Pretty Lady has been matched with a couple in Los Angeles, California. This means we will be taking a few trips to LA, the first of which will be next week for her medical evaluation. This is foreign territory for me as I haven't flown since my T1 diagnosis. In fact, my last trip on a plane about a week before being diagnosed, for our vacation where I realized "Holy crap, I'm peeing a lot," and took to Google to find out what horrible thing I might have wrong with me. I have taken a few short road trips, and one very long one before starting on insulin, but this will be my first air travel. It will a be a quick trip, arriving in LA at about Midnight and leaving at 5 PM the next day. I've read a lot about other people's experiences with airport security, carry ons, and the like. I don't currently have a pump or CGM so I won't need to worry about security in that aspect. I'll likely only be needing a carry on bag so all my D goodies will need to be in that one bag. That will be my meter, a couple vials of insulin, some syringes and low supplies. Enough to last about 36 hours tops. I'm a little unclear on what to expect with all of this going through airport security. Do I let them know ahead of time that I have these things in my bag or let wait to explain it if they ask? Do they need to be in a clear zip lock bag? Help! All you D travel experts. Any tips, tricks, or advice I should be aware of before heading out on this little adventure?