Thankful in Vietnam

This year, we’re spending Thanksgiving on a beach in Mui Ne, Vietnam with Peter’s mom. There’s no turkey or cranberry sauce or cold weather, but I am taking some time today to be grateful for some wonderful things.

Mui Ne, Vietnam

I’m thankful for access to the medicine that keeps me alive from year to year.

I’m thankful for living over 25 years with no complications from T1D.

And I’m thankful to have an amazingly supportive husband who is willing to go on this crazy adventure with me around the globe.

I hope everyone in the U.S enjoys your turkey and celebrations! And, if you’re bolusing today, good luck :).

3 comments

  1. Thankful for the extended family relationship and Peter’s part in making it happen!

    We love you all!

    June & Ken

  2. Hey Laura,

    I was recently diagnosed type 1 after putting in notice at my apartment and job and planning to depart in 6 weeks for Thailand. I will continue searching your blog, but wanted to ask if you know specific prices on purchasing insulin in Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia. My partner and I are planning to spend near a year in SE Asia as well. Thanks in advance,

    Joel

    1. Hi Joel – Thanks for asking, and I’m so sorry to hear the diagnosis is mucking with your trip planning! I’m actually in Cambodia right now so I stopped by a pharmacy tonight. They had two types of insulin (Novorapid and Levemir), each in 300 unit insulin pens. They were $17 and $18 per pen, depending on the insulin type. To give you an idea, at home it costs about $100 out of pocket for 1000 units of insulin. This was $17-18 per 300 units, so it is slightly cheaper.

      I can’t say I bought insulin during this trip (I preferred to stock up on U.S. Insulin and bring it with me). However, here are my suggestions:

      – If you haven’t already, I’d ask your pharmacy to do a vacation override on your insulin RX so you can get as much of a supply as possible before you leave. This, for me, was easier than filling anything while abroad. My insurance company approved a 90 days supply before I left.

      – It may be worth reading about insulin strength, before you depart, if you plan to buy abroad. In the U.S., as you may know, we use U-100 insulin. Abroad you may find U-500 which is 5x as strong, or other variations. And you’d obviously want to be prepared for how to dose if that’s that case 😉

      – Lastly, I’d suggest your best route is to actually contact the insulin producer directly, to see where they sell the insulin. That way you’ll know where you can buy it, and potentially how much it costs. I used this route when my insulin pump broke, and I needed a specific meter brand to match my test strips.

      If I can help in any other way, please let me know. And I’d love to hear how you end up resolving this! I personally found a lack of information online about long-term travel with T1D, and I’m curious how others do it as well.

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