Remember our “earn a burger day” yesterday? Well, it turns out that hamburger had it in for us last night, or at least for Jeanie. She gave it her best bolus estimate, but after dinner her blood glucose levels skyrocketed. She was tired and sleepy, but attributed it to the physical exertion of the day opposed to hyperglycemia. She woke up an hour later with levels over 300! She was frustrated and disappointed to have slept through the earlier warning alarms. She immediately gave a correction bolus and tried to preserve her positivity through the exhaustion and circumstance.

However, she was shortly tested again as her toiletries bag was stolen from the bathroom. She set it down briefly for a trip to the restroom and when she came out discovered it missing. However, we were SO grateful that none of her critical diabetes equipment or supplies were in the bag. This situation holds an important take away for travelers with diabetes. First, all pertinent devices should ideally be kept on your person or in eyesight whenever possible. If your situation does not allow, then be sure not to store your equipment in anything which could appeal to a potential thief. For example, storing your Dexcom or meter in a camera bag might seem convenient if you are keeping it on you, but remember that a camera bag could be a prime target!

In the end, we were grateful that everything taken is replaceable and all diabetes supplies are accounted for. We topped the evening by enjoying some brief conversation with fellow bunking pilgrims. One a man from Italy and the other from Holland, our dialogue morphed in and out of charades to clarify understanding. Both were very kind and new trail friends that we hope to continue seeing along the way!

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