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Type 1 Going To Gigs/ Events

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by kay2409, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. kay2409

    kay2409 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi! I’m just looking for some advice regarding how people handle the security issue when going to events!

    I have recently encountered problems at the last 2 gigs I went to, one regarding my pump and monitoring equipment the other regarding hypo treatment.

    I know security has been tightened since what happened in Manchester last year and understand that staff need to be vigilant, but better training/ understanding needs to be undertaken for security staff and dealing with those of us who have hidden disabilities.

    The first gig I went to, a member of staff almost didn’t let me enter the arena because of my pump and testing kit. I had to show them what it was as they didn’t believe me (despite having a visible tattoo on my wrist of T1 Diabetic in 6 languages). Eventually I was let in.

    The second gig was last night and I was told that my 150ml can of lucozade ( which is great as it’s just over 12g CHO so you don’t need to waste any/ risk over treating) needed to be confiscated as it wasn’t allowed in the arena! Again at which point I informed them that I’m diabetic and it was my Hypo-treatment. I had to argue, but begrudgingly they said I could take it but had to hid it and if needed not drink it near security.

    I now understand that because of a minority of people, bottles tops are taken off and cans aren’t allowed as they can be used as missiles and hurt people.

    I carry glucotabs/ dextrose tablets with me but find that when you get into certain places they don’t allow you to take bottles in (I need a drink to clear my mouth of the chalkiness of the tablets) and have to buy drinks at over-inflated prices inside (£5 for a bottle of Coca-Cola in one place)

    I love going and seeing my favourite artists but it’s beginning to feel like such a battle!
    • Hug Hug x 1
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    Deleted Account · Guest

    I have experienced problems with drinks previously and never managed to make the argument. I was told to buy something if I needed it by someone who had no clue.
    Since, I have just relied on glucotabs. I understand all bars and restaurants must provide tap water for free so would use this to rinse my mouth if needed.

    As for problems with pump, I have never experienced that at a gig but have at an airport. In that case, I wrote to the head of security and explained why I was unhappy with my treatment. Perhaps, you could write to the company providing security at gigs and explain. I suspect you are experiencing ignorance so they may be open to improving their procedures.
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