I'll explain. I had a meeting on the other side of the country last week that I planned as a same day out and return flight. Of course, this required getting up at 0-dark-thirty to make my outbound flight.
I was quite pleased with how quickly I was able to change out my Omnipod as part of my morning routine despite my bleary-eyed state and make my flight in the nick of time.
Once on the plane I was surprised by my CGM alerting me to rapidly rising BG. I did not have time for breakfast and this was a much faster rise than any DP I've occasionally experienced.
Then I realized that in my rush to get out the door, I had stuck the pod on properly, but I never bothered to activate it. To make matters worse, I learned the hard way that if you leave it too long, it won't let you, and you have to use a new pod, which, of course, I did not have since I was not flying with any carry-on luggage since this was a one-day trip.
Fortunately, I always carry a Levimir and Humalog pen in a small case with a day's worth of pen needles in my computer bag. Had I not, I would have been in serious trouble.
I felt pretty stupid, however.
The silver lining - it started as a bit of an unintended pump vacation. I've thoroughly enjoyed not having that "barnacle" stuck to me for the last week while being at home. I'm not suggesting one is better than the other, just that it is good to mix it up sometimes. I know I'll be using my pods again soon on my next international trip due to the huge variability of my basal requirements when I experience dramatic time zone changes, but for now I'm enjoying my freedom from pump gadgetry.
The lesson I was reminded of - always carry backups when traveling. Phew!