TSA Cares – Really!

Several people have written about contacting TSA for a passenger support specialist to make it easier getting through airport security.

So I did.

And received this reply within 24 hours.
Good afternoon, Ms. Skinner,
I am sorry I was unable to reach you earlier today.  We have received your request for assistance from the TSA Contact Center.  Certainly a  passenger support specialist can be provided to assist you through the checkpoint and the screening process.  When you arrive at the airport feel free to contact the manager on duty, *******.  Either Mr. **** or a checkpoint supervisor will arrange for the PSS to meet you.   Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please give us a call at this office.

Our flight from Manchester to DC was at 5:50 am – crack of dawn. Our PSS met us at the airline desk and from there – life was easy peasy – zip-zip through the lines (got to take “cuts!”). The woman actually thanked me for taking the time to contact them. She said they want to help but can’t if people don’t ask.

And Las Vegas – no contact but – we both ended up as TSA pre-checked. And again, life was good. M zipped right through. I requested a pat-down and so had to take off shoes but that was it. No liquid inspections – and M got to leave his CPap machine in the bag.

Kelly wrote about her good TSA experience in Philadelphia last week – go read it here:
This Trip, A Philly TSA Agent Made Traveling With Diabetes Way LESS Stressful!

So yes, we went to the very first annual Diabetes UnConference. It was awesome. And because we live in New Hampshire where it’s still very, very cold – and there’s still snow on the ground, we stayed the whole week. That was also awesome.

I can’t write about the conference – yet… I will – lots of people are writing lots of good stuff.

I will say that I have to get back to blogging. The blogs were such a TREMENDOUS help to me when I was first diagnosed – 10 years ago this month. And sometimes you think (or I think) well, gee – no one’s reading it so why write it. There were a whole bunch of blog lurkers at the conference and so, you never know who might be helped just by a few words from you. Just knowing that you’re not the only person who forgot to put your pump back on, bolus for a meal, order supplies, etc… is comforting. Trust me – been there done that (and more…).

For now Christel has earned my total respect for making an UnConference such a grand and enjoyable and fun and organized (and warm) UnConference!

Oh – thought I’d be the oldest one there. I wasn’t.
Thought I’d be the one who traveled the farthest. Didn’t happen…

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Travels with D

We enjoyed a wonderful trip to California where we visited the Redwoods (they really are as impressive as people say), Monterey (a beautiful wedding and a chance to see old friends), Sonoma (all those fields and fields of grapevines), and finally San Francisco, where there was lots to do and see, including meeting two of my d-pals, Landi & Debra. It was sunny and beautiful and warm.

2013-04Landi in person is even nicer (and funnier!) than her comments have been the last several years. I “met” her when I first started blogging and when I joined TuDiabetes. Debra, who had the unfortunate experience of DKA and ICU for her diagnosis as an adult, is even nicer than she seems/sounds like/looks like online. We talked our way to the restaurant, we talked while waiting, we talked while eating. Just a normal d-meetup and I loved it! Thank you both for driving in just to meet me. It meant a whole lot…

Sometime this past year, I purchased a pink, paisley child’s backpack just to hold the d-stuff when traveling. Turned out to be a great idea! Sensors (three, just in case), reservoirs and insets (five, just in case), insulin (one and a partial, just in case), insulin pens (one levemir, one novolog, just in case), needles for the insulin pens (forgot those on the last trip, thank goodness I didn’t need them), test strips (lots), iv prep, alcohol swabs, big bottle of glucose tablets and finally the always nice to have extra meter; you know – for just in case.

Both flights were full (yuck) and the airline was begging us to check our carry ons at the gate. And we did, because all I had to do was take out the pink bag to keep with us and the bags went off to wherever bags go. We had a larger bag we had checked and so that made having to retrieve luggage not a big deal.

TSA – I owe Kerri a huge thank you for making my return trip so easy peasy. Boston on the way out was somewhat whiny, not happy that I wanted the pat down. Tried to talk me out of it. San Francisco? I think they must have published this post from Kerri as I was astounded at the friendly and quick inspection. The pat down was completed before my other stuff came through the x-rays. My female inspector was a nice lady but she did say, “We will have to send your iPod through x-ray.” I laughed and told her it, my Dexcom receiver, was another of my diabetes devices and pushed a few buttons to show her the screen. She was surprised, said she’d never seen one and thanked me for showing her how it worked. It was in my Tallygear case so I think that fooled her.

Lugging around the d-stuff wasn’t fun but I did it.

Guessing at carb counts at restaurants for 10 days (see Scott’s post from today)? Even a 9 carb yogurt in the morning sent me soaring… I sucked and have the BG’s to prove it. I see my endo next Friday. She may gasp. I’ve probably ruined my A1c but you know what, that’s okay. The next one will be better.

So we’re home. And this was our weather today. Oh well.

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