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long distance travel ( 8 hour time change )

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by himtoo, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi All
    I will be travelling to the west coast of the USA in about 5 weeks time.

    my main concern is the time change regarding basal settings on my pump . and the swing between daytime rates and the rise I have on a normal basal setting between 9pm and 4am ( 0.7u hour hour at 9pm rising to 2.05u per hour at 4am )
    I do have a pretty decent DP -- LOL

    here are flight times to put some meat on the bones

    Manchester to Amsterdam 5:55am depart land 8:15am ( pump time 7:15am )
    Amsterdam to Portland , Oregon depart 9:55am land 11:25am ( pump time 7:25pm )

    really just looking for any advice on how others have handled this sort of a time change.

    edit to add -- first long distance travel since starting pumping 16 months ago .
     
    #1 himtoo, Jan 27, 2017 at 11:22 PM
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  2. MaxRebo001

    MaxRebo001 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry i'm not type 1 but i did used to have fairly hefty DP anywhere from 13-19 in the morning.

    Long haul flights were actually pretty good for my levels, primarily due to fact meal sizes were reduced, humping suitcases about and back then i could never sleep on a plane so i was pretty stable......until i got to the USA.

    Discovered my love of root beer and dennys etc, i pretty much had no DP then, but my levels never got out of the teens.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time.
     
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I've not travelled abroad since starting on a pump so can't offer any advice Paul, but in the absence of any replies why don't you ask your pump DSN what you should do.
     
  4. azure

    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    @himtoo When I flew to Canada, I adjusted my pump clock in two stages, 4 hours at a time (for an 8hr time difference). I don't remember exactly when I did this, but I think the first change was on the plane and the second just before landing/just after landing. So I'd split the time and adjust to local time where you're going in two stages :)

    I found that worked well.
     
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  5. Chas C

    Chas C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I travel a lot on long haul flights where journey is 14+ hours and time difference is 8 hours, I do the same change the timing 50% on leaving and 50% on landing.

    Try http://www.diabetestravel.org/
     
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  6. hboyt

    hboyt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I just went to Los Angeles for Christmas which is the same 8 hour difference and my dsn recommended switching the time when i landed and it worked fine. :)
    But my rate is 12am 1.5 to 3am 1.7 which isnt as big of a increase as you have
     
  7. Stefano

    Stefano Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Himtoo, I always changed my time after I arrived at destination, in California, in Australia and Mexico and it always worked. After all my opinion is that what counts is when your brain perceives it is a different time. And this does not happen instantly.
     
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