If you know me, you know that a disproportionate amount of my time and money is spent on concerts. If you don’t know me, now you know! I LOVE concerts. There is nothing else to me that gives the same thrill as being in a crowd full of people, all there to appreciate the music and have a good time. Being smushed among dancing singing people is so freeing. My dream/goal is to be on the stage someday instead of in the crowd… But for now It’ll have to do.
The first show I ever saw was magical and I attribute it to my obsession now. It was a free show in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. We waited for three hours in the rain to see Ed Sheeran and it was perfect. After that I saw One Direction, Fun, Passenger, Bastille , The 1975 (three times), The Lumineers, Borns (twice and met him), Brandi Carlile (five times and met twice) and the list goes on and on and on. Like I said, it’s a problem.
At this point your probably wondering why I’m writing this on a Diabetes blog! Well don’t worry, lets jump right to the point. When I was diagnosed, I had a concert scheduled for the next week. After the chaos of being diagnosed settled down, I realized I had that concert planned. I had been so excited, but I began to doubt whether I should go or not. What if my blood crashed in the middle of the show? If I passed out, would people just assume I was drunk? Of course now that I have a Dexcom I can just look at my watch and see my numbers, but not back then. I’m sure my parents were also worried! I mean, sending there newly diagnosed 17 year old into a crowded concert venue and just hoping for the best? That’s pretty nerve wracking. But I decided to go and I’m still here to tell the tale! So now that I’ve had a lot of experience being a Type One at shows, I’m gonna give you some tips.
1.This one may seem obvious, but BRING SO MANY LOW SNACKS! When you’re squished into a crowd and you have the perfect spot, you are not going to want to leave and search for low snacks.
2.Bring a buddy! You should ALWAYS have a friend with you who knows about T1 and what to do in an emergency etc… It’s also a plus if they know what Glucogon is and how to use it
3.Wear your medical ID. I know many people don’t wear ID’s everyday, but if theres ever a time that you should, it’s at a concert. If you passed out, people could easily assume you are under the influence of something and give you the wrong treatment
4.Know your rights. When going through security, make it clear to the security guards that you are a Type One Diabetic and that you are legally allowed to bring in as many snacks as you need. If anyone gives you trouble, you need to make it sure that they are violating the rights put in place by the ADA.
5. WATER!!! More often than not, I go high at concerts. It’s probably due to the adrenaline rush from all the excitement… But honestly who knows. What I do know, is that you need to make sure you have water available for highs. Often water at venues is extremely overpriced or can even sell out.
6.Find a small bag that can fit everything perfectly without taking up too such space! I personally love my Fjallraven Kanken. My Myabetic backpack is just slightly too big to squeeze into shows with.
7.Lastly, If you are on a pump, BRING EXTRA SUPPLIES (or just insulin and some syringes. I’ve had pump sites rip off at shows and it sucks! So be prepared for anything.
I hope this helped, even just a little bit! I’m clearly not a professional and this is all just from my experience, so take it all with a rain of salt. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed! Feel free to share your tips/experiences below!