I belong to a gym, been there for like 8 years. While the cost of this one is high and there are cheaper ones available, the ammenities I was looking for supports the overall cost.
Through my experiences I have found that not a single staff member knew what to do if a diabetic had a medical emergency.
So what am I going to do if something happens to me, right?
I took it upon myself to educate people. I got to know the class instructors and I told them the issue and they forwarded me to the group fitness department head (I love group fitness… so I wanted them to know first). I asked if I could set a day and time to go over the concern I have and she was more than happy to do that.
I brought books, fliers, juice boxes, etc.
I brought my testing kit, my pump, insulin, syringes, medical id.
we sat there for a couple of hours reviewing everything, it was like a diabetes 101 course and I explained the differences in types and complications, everything.
She took this information from me and put it into a comprehensive course she offers to all the fitness instructors and personal trainers every single year. She also stocked her office and the offices of the trainers with juice boxes and a sheet that lists symptoms of an emergency.
I want to feel comfortable knowing that if I run into trouble someone can help me and Im sure there are other diabetics who work out there, but if no one speaks up, how will anyone know what to do?