So, how do you (or did you) handle your whitewater rafting trip? What precautions, items, etc did you bring, and what was YOUR thought process about it? I’m still working on ours.
Not that we’ve booked the trip yet… and there lies the problem. We’d like to go on a 2 1/2 rafting trip with our 12-year-old son who has type-1 diabetes. Now, I’ve become used to dealing with calculating enough carbs for after-school tennis practice, and volleyball games. But Whitewater rafting can be more intensive - especially with the adrenaline rush you can get from navigating some of those rapids. So, how many carbs will he need? For tennis, he needs about 1 carb choice (15g) per hour, but should I increase that for the trip - making him consume it ahead of time?
I did speak with the company running the trips, and they assured me they could accomodate a tube of glucose tablets in a waterproof pack (which they would provide). So, I should think that would cover any chance of my son going low while out in the water. But then they also pointed out that, should my son need medical attention, it could take as long as an hour for it to get to him (much of the area is pretty remote).
Frankly, that scared me a bit. I’m sure my son could handle the physical demands, but I could sure use some reassurance that he’ll come through this okay. Hearing from other type-1 diabetics who’ve made a similar trip would REALLY help.
Thanks for any thoughts you can provide.