Some of you may have noticed me missing for the last two weeks. I’ve been on vacation. I went on a cruise and then spent a week in Mexico. This was the first time I’ve taken a long cruise and the first since starting insulin. So I checked with the cruise line and was advised that the fridge in my room was not assured to keep things cold and that cruisers could have their insulin stored at guest services in a special fridge.
Imagine my surprise when on the third day of my cruise when I went to get a new basal pen I was handed my frio pack and it was FROZEN SOLID! I pulled out the pens, they didn’t appear to be crystalized, but I knew this was bad. This was essentially my entire stock of insulin for my two weeks. I immediately told the guest services the seriousness of this. Initially they just apologized and suggested that I go see the doctor. I did that first thing in the morning. I had hopes that it was ok, but within a day I knew that all my basal was shot and in the end my humalog was also a bit off. The on-ship doctor was able to provide me with a vial of NPH and R and about 20 syringes. When I got to Mexico I was able to get more syringes.
In the end, I got an apology from the cruise line. They paid for the consultation with the doctor and the replacement vials and syringes. I realize I could of gone blitzo on the cruise line and I may still write a complaint letter. After all, I had followed their guidance on the proper way to store my insulin. I was a bit worried, but not too much. When we stopped at Cozumel, I was able to see that you could basically buy anything in Mexico and in the end I was able to easily get syringes and could have bought replacement insulin if I had needed. I was able to maintain reasonable control despite the tropical heat, gourmet meals and heavy drinking.
And I realized that part of the situation was my fault. I placed most of my supply all at the same place. I should have distributed my insulin supply better, I should not have assumed that my in room fridge was bad and kept virtually all my supply in the ship fridge.
What would you have done in my position? Do you have a favorite ruined insulin story?