Creating Your Own Best-Case Scenario (Continued)
Again, what you need depends on what type of diabetes you have and what your therapy is. But just think about everything you need to keep your diabetes happy and healthy for two weeks and put it in the damn bag.
Oh, and if you pre-stock it with test strips and the like (and I think you should), be sure to "rotate the stock" now and again so that the supplies in the Evac Kit don't go bad. You don't want to arrive at the Red Cross Shelter with test strips that expired two years ago and dead batteries, do you?
Things you might need
There are dozens of lists online of stuff you might need. Mainly, you need to look closely at your own life to make the right list for you. I think the diabetes meds and supplies are pretty easy list, but some other things are easy to overlook, so I'll give you my quick list of things to think about.
1. You need your other meds, too. It does you no good to have perfect blood sugar but have a heart attack because you didn't have your blood pressure pills. Speaking of meds, paper copies of all your prescriptions are a good addition to both your diabetes first aid kit, aka Go-Bag, and Evac Kit.
2. A space blanket. Bottles of water. Some food bars. A basic first aid kit. A flashlight. A car cell phone charger. Some money.
3. A roll of duct tape and a partridge in a pear tree. Because, you know, if you get desperate, you can burn the tree for warmth and eat the partridge.
How'd my Emergency Poquito end? Fine, thanks for asking. I sputtered into a gas station at the edge of town running on fumes. But I did have my Go-Bag with me. Running out of gas would have ruined my day, but it would not have endangered my life.
But what about you? How would you fare if you were unexpectedly stranded away from home for 48 hours? Would your diabetes be a problem?
How ready are you for the knock on the door?
Wil Dubois is the author of four multi-award-winning books about diabetes. He is a PWD type 1, and is the diabetes coordinator for a rural non-profit clinic. Visit his blog, LifeAfterDX.
NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.
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