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Snorkeling without wearing insulin pump

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Snorkeling without wearing insulin pump

My 15 year old son is keen to snorkel but uses an insulin pump. He thinks he can remove it and snorkel for an hour at a time. Coming up every hour or so to check his blood sugars, reconnecting pump and correcting if need be. .. anyone out there done this?

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1. Re: Snorkeling without wearing insulin pump

Honestly I don't think you should be relying on the forum members for this sort of question. Even if someone has done this, their condition may not be identical.

This is a medical question and best answered by your GP or his Specialist who is familiar with his medical history.

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2. Re: Snorkeling without wearing insulin pump

Note you are at least 90 minutes from land (if you go to the outer reef) if there is a medical emergency (there is no snorkling off the beach) although the Low Isles may offer some alternative.

And ask a doctor about this.

Edited: 06 July 2017, 07:10
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3. Re: Snorkeling without wearing insulin pump

I'd do two things because you need to be really sure about this for your own peace of mind as well as your sons safety.

Doctors first, especially if you have a dedicated health professional for the diabetes. Then perhaps ask at a dive school if you have one in the area. I say this because many doctors in the uk don't have experience of snorkeling and scuba. So they are the most likely to have information on different kinds of pumps and the implications. You may even find there is a waterproof pump though you'd have to be sure he didn't dive down. I know there are a lot on the West coast so a call to them could help.

He shouldn't be worried about taking part in activities as there are people scuba diving with pumps but they are a lot older, more experienced in dealing with their BS and have techniques according to what they are using

The thing about it is that when the blood sugar is out of wack the brain doesn't see sense, or time. He could refuse to come out and test and getting a teenager out of deep water when they don't want to go doesn't bear thinking about.

He's at that age when he doesn't want his diabetes to rule him or anything else. Perhaps this is the time to get this particular area dealt with.

One thing that struck me is why will he be snorkeling for more than an hour at a time? That's a lot of energy to be using and a lot of wrinkly skin and dehydrated. I've known a lot of experienced snorkelers including me and only once seen a fit active young man do more than one hour without landing for a while and drinking. And he was flat out exhausted. Most is

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