There is a list full of things to do when you are about to embark on travel that will take you through security. You can find them all over the internet and I’m not going to rehash all of it again today.
I have read where parents have had nightmare experiences with their children and their children have been traumatized by the entire experience of merely going through security.
Here is something we did for years and years ago; and it actually goes way beyond just those with diabetes. Perhaps it is the actor in me (see my bio) but there is one simple thing we did with our kids that you can do also that may alleviate much of the anxiety.
Don’t make it or call it a game (it is not), but take a tool that your child does not recognize which resembles a wand, and have them stand with their arms out and ‘wand’ them with whatever odd-looking item you own.
“Pat them down” and look through their diabetes supplies like the TSA would do. Start this a few weeks prior to your trip and maybe even now and again make a beeping sound and check their pockets.
If your children are used to something—-they are used to something. Do not make your actual vacation be the first time they see how security works. Kids are afraid of the unknown; make the process as normal and as ‘known’ as possible and it will cut down on everyone’s anxiety. Perhaps not all anxiety–but much. It is the world we live in now, show them.
I’m a Diabetesdad.
5:30 am: I am on a shuttle on the way to Newark Airport. Other businesspeople are on the shuttle bus as well; six of them together, me by myself. They talked little of what their job was but I gathered they were regional managers of some sort of retail store. I could tell you names and complaints they have of their senior management, of that they were very clear. They talked of where they went last night, how tired they were, and they walked too much.
But little discussion of what they do.
There is a common bond with those of us who are fortunate enough to work in a field that is so full of passion-oriented people. Let’s call them POP for short. The diabetes field is full of POP. No matter what conference I attend or where I go for business meetings if I see someone who is part of the diabetes movement, conversation will immediately become about the latest in the news of the people we serve. Management tools, education tools, and the latest in research are all approached pretty quickly.
I look forward to learning all the time and wherever I go, the opportunities are branches of fruit waiting to be picked and enjoyed. I also look forward to creating partnerships where both research funds are raised and we can help people at the same time. POP where everyone creates a win-win-win. Today I head to what I hope will be such a meeting. A win-win-win by POP would make my day.
It is for my kids and those like them; because no matter where I go or what I do I am ‘in it to end it’. It’s my driving force. It is a saying I have used for over 15 years. If I can go somewhere or speak to someone and raise one more dollar for the research to end diabetes forever, I’m there; and I’ll be there for as long as it takes. It’s important to find this cure; to fund this cure. If we do not work to fund research for a cure, research will wither away and die. Already it is not as ‘sexy’ as it used to be and funds are getting cut right and left. Many who started are changing direction or giving up altogether.
I cannot. I will not.
It’s about the cure. And in as much as I will help in any other area if needed, make no mistake about it; it’s about curing diabetes.
I exited the shuttle bus to the Newark Airport Terminal to board my plane. I turned and looked at the business people on the bus and said “Have a great day gentlemen.” They all looked up as if I disturbed them with my interruption of their conversation. I smiled as I walked down the steps. My next two days will be exciting.
Those I left behind are not POP; I am a Diabetesdad.