Bret Michaels was on last night's episode of Revolution! I enjoy this show, BUT...
The basic premise of the show is that due to a mistake in military technology, all the power around the world goes out. No electricity, no cars, no computers, **NO** refrigeration. Obviously, civilization collapses. The mega-corporations that currently sit on top of the world collapse, which would obviously include Eli Lily, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi Aventis. All this means is it's the end of mass-produced, high-tech insulins, blood glucose meters, insulin pumps...everything on which we currently rely. By the time the show starts, it's been 15 years since the blackout happened.
What do you think? Could a type 1 survive that long without mass produced insulin? While I know of a group who, during WWII, had to make do with their own hand-made insulin while detained in China, I also know that when the camp was liberated, one American was quite grateful when the US soldiers brought what she called "white insulin" that was far more reliable than the "brown insulin" her husband had learned to make to help keep her alive.
As for me, while I agree that Bret Michaels is a pretty tenacious character, I'm not sure I'd put money on type 1s surviving too long if this scenario were to come to pass!
(The episode can be seen here