Going to your first outdoor concert with your children can be pretty interesting. You know that you will have hours of standing on your feet. There will be unpredictable weather. Because of the large crowds, you will be herded around like cattle.
You know that you will have to pack as much water as you are allowed. You will spend your time balancing between drinking enough water to stay hydrated and having to spend the concert in the washroom. Washrooms will not be easy to get to or return from. Finally, you also want some food because you don’t want to move from your perfect spot on the concert grounds to grab food or any other luxuries.
Bringing diabetes along to the concert changes things.
When you attend your first outdoor concert with diabetes you have a few new worries.
- What if he is high?
- How am I going to get extra water? I spent all of this money on a concert and getting here, will peeing mean that I will miss the bulk of the show?
- What if he is low? Will I have enough glucose?
- Will they allow me to bring in snacks? It says “food for medical purposes” but will I have to fight to make them understand?
- How will we reach a glucometer when we are stuck shoulder to shoulder with no room for any movement?
- Will the insulin go bad if there is a lot of heat around?
I had these and many more questions going through my head before heading off with my boys to see AC/DC at an outdoor venue. My youngest son was joyfully telling everyone that he was going to the concert. Mom was scared to death that there would be problems.
There were no fast passes to quickly move us up in lines when attending a concert with diabetes. It would be us and 70,000+ other people. I had water. Snacks were packed. I had meters….two in case one went bad somehow. Syringes were placed in our bag just in case. I was ready to fight with security to get my stuff in. I was set!
At the concert
Security barely looked at me once I told them that I had food for my child with diabetes. My son had his own space closest to the gate. No one pushed him or crowded him. He was able to check his blood sugar with ease…the rest of us were shoulder to shoulder and shoved around like cattle.
He started out a little high so we corrected half of what his pump suggested. I knew that we were not going to be eating until everything was over and that walking to the concert area as well as standing for hours was going to burn off a carbohydrate or two.
Mom was right. He was in-range most of the night and was never low. My son was tired but he had the experience of a lifetime. He was in a crowd bigger than anything any of us have ever experienced in such a small space. And more important still? He got to see AC/DC and can continue to brag to all of his friends and family!
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