Tales of a travelling diabetic
The coldest place where John De Luca injected insulin was located on the edge of the Abu Simbel temple, overlooking the Nasser Lake, in southern Egypt.
“I just sat on the beach on a pile of sand, gave myself insulin, ate breakfast and went to the temple,” he said.
This story – and more – is written in her book Needle Me: Stories From A Syringe-Giving Diabetic Traveler.
The book is available in ebooks and pamphlets from Amazon and describes the rise and fall of his experiences as he travels around the world as a diabetic.
The biggest problem for De Luca, who needed daily insulin injections, was to pack needles with him wherever he went.
“When you walk 365 days straight, with a lot of needles,” he said.
And, in many lands where they are visiting, the idea is that the presence of needles means the use of drugs, not life-saving drugs. For example, on his way to Ghana in Africa, De Luca was worried that he would not be able to pass through airport security and syringes, so he needed to find someone to help him smuggle.
“I think someone received a bribe,” he said, “but I didn’t confirm that.”
The book covers almost 20 years from between 1990 and 2016 and includes visits to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Ghana, Cambodia, Nepal, India and Taiwan, where De Luca spent 10 years.
Although they have been traveling for a long time, the idea of writing stories about their experiences came to De Luca recently, when someone suggested the idea of writing trips out of the form of diabetes.
This was a bit of a change as he had just finished his diploma, but he started working.
The project came to a head on nearly two years ago when De Luca lost his digital book, but realizing he still had a chance to print, he was able to return to work, finishing it this year during the epidemic.
COVID-19 was not De Luca’s first experience with global health problems, however, having lived through the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s while in Taiwan.
He also said that the most important thing is to walk like a diabetic, especially when you get out of the way you hit him like he used to, and get ready.
“It’s an unchanging thing in your mind,” he said. “Where can I find dinner? Where can I get insulin? ”
De Luca is currently running IQ Bamboo Language Services on Victoria Street in Kamloops, the office where he wrote the book.
He does not see any more code in the future.
“If I were to write another book, I would have to go somewhere else,” he said with a laugh.