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This week has been another busy one and will continue to be busy into the weekend. Jon Murray and I plan to shoot our second music video for www.heavy.com this Saturday. We’ve hired a group of professional dancers and some old friends from our sketch comedy group to help us out. I also scheduled an appointment with my endocrinologist and realized that I haven’t seen her in over a year.

I need to be better about checking in with the doctor. I find myself to be a little lazy when it comes to checkups. I’m still checking my blood glucose regularly and everything seems to be going fine, it’s just quite a commute from Brooklyn to the diabetes center. That’s a poor excuse, I know.

If my prediction is right, I’m hoping for an HbA1c of somewhere between 5% and 6%. I think I’d better get back into my four-days-a-week workout schedule to make sure I achieve that.

The more I think about the checkup, the more I realize that I need to go. I know what it takes to take care of myself as a person with diabetes, and the doctor’s office is one of the few places where you can see the results. But why does it always feel like such a hassle?

In other news, it is now official. We (Stuckey & Murray) have received an offer from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and I’ll be living in Scotland for the month of August (as soon as I find an apartment there). Murray and I will perform every night from August 2 through August 26, with maybe a day or two off. Our show is going to be at Underbelly. There are a bunch of theatres in the space, and we will be in the Delhi Belly.

It should be a great time, and I look forward to traveling around the UK after it’s over. Does anyone have much experience traveling for extended periods of time with diabetes supplies? My instinct tells me just to take too much of everything. However, I don’t know if my gas can of Lantus (insulin glargine) will be allowed on the plane due to the new travel restrictions.

If you’re in New York City tonight, stop by the Ars Nova theater (511 West 54th Street) at 10 PM and check out a preview of the show that we will be taking to Edinburgh. Murray and I are doing two songs with Smitty, a giant fiddle player from our good friends’ band The Defibulators. We will also be showing our unicorn video. If you can’t make it, you can watch the unicorn video here. Be careful where you watch it, as there is a bit of foul language. Those filthy unicorns.


  1. I travel frequently with diabetes supplies. Insulin is an exception to the new FDA rules. I usually estimate in an ideal situation how much I would need for a specifice time period and then pad it by 25-100% depending on the length of the trip. (e.g. If I am going for 4 days I would bring twice as much in case I get stuck. If I am going for three months then I take an extra month’s worth. )

    Congrats and good luck!

    Posted by Catherine |
  2. Hi Andy,
    I don’t have a lot of time at the moment but I am a type 1 diabetic who has lived abroad on 3 seperate occassions. Typically from 6-9 months at a time. Do you still have an interest in traveling with diabetes? If so I will provide some tips.

    Posted by meredith |

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