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  • On Mar 18, 2012
    Teresa from PA Asked

    you guys have been so helpfull in answering all of my ?'s concerning my 19yr old daughter. she just got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and will be on an insulin pump, she also will have to wear a constant heart monitor. Any tips? Please help Thank you.

    Hi, Teresa!  Your very best resource for your daughter's upcoming Walt Disney World vacation is going to be her doctor.  Diabetes rears it's ugly head in different ways for different diabetics, and your doctor can give you a variety of tools to deal with some of the things that might creep up.  The heat, the exercise, a change in diet - all of these things can affect how her blood sugar behaves, and there may be a need to adjust some of her established routines.



    I always keep some extra things in my bag that may help me get through a low blood sugar emergency.  I have some juice, peanut butter crackers, and snacks that will help tide me over. Being new to the whole diabetes thing, she may not recognize the symptoms of a sugar crash, so be prepared!



    You might want to look into a Guest Assistance Card.  When you arrive at the theme park, head to guest services and let them know what your daughter might need the card for.  As you may know, many diabetics deal with restroom emergencies.  The card will alert cast members to what may be a need to leave a queue abruptly, and they may be able to arrange so you don't have to come back and start over at the end of the line.  The heat and the sun can mess with your sugars, so with a guest assistance card, a cast member may be able to offer you a place to wait where your daughter isn't standing in the heat.  You may also find that she would benefit from a seated place to wait or a shorter wait time, and with a guest assistance card, whenever they can make an accommodation, they will.



    I hope your family's vacation is absolutely amazing!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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