I keep a kit in my backpack that has backup pump supplies, insulin and pens, and prescription medications. It also has glucose gel and my EpiPens right on top where people could grab them without having to dig in any of the pockets. It’s bright red-orange and I keep it in a front pocket of my backpack where people can easily find it. I’ve debated putting some sort of medical symbol on that backpack zipper to make it easier to find in an emergency.
I wear a Medic Alert bracelet that lists my four potentially life-threatening conditions on the bracelet itself. If medical professionals call the hotline, they can access additional medical conditions, allergies, medical equipment, prescription medications (no doses), doctors’ contact information, and emergency family contacts.
I do have backup long- and rapid-acting insulin in my fridge in case of a pump failure.
No one knows my insulin doses nor how to work my insulin pump. When I’ve been hospitalized, they’ve said if I were to ever go unconscious they would take over my insulin. I think at that point you just have to trust they will keep you alive, though they may not control your blood sugar that well. Probably if you were ill or injured enough to be unconscious your insulin dose might be all over the place anyway, so a baseline dose may not do much to help.
I keep an earthquake kit at home and at work, but it’s outdated and I don’t think I’d be prepared if an earthquake hit. I got a bit overwhelmed updating my kit and trying to make it light enough to carry. And then I attended a workshop put on by the city where they talked about downed power lines and how it wouldn’t be safe to walk around outside if you couldn’t see those. And then I got a CPAP machine and everything just became super overwhelming. If a big earthquake hit I’d have to evacuate, yet wouldn’t be able to walk around safely, wouldn’t be able to eat most food that might be offered, wouldn’t be able to sleep without suffocating, so I just have no idea what I would do. I’ll probably put some water purification stuff in my backpack and just call that my earthquake kit. All I really need for short-term survival would be water and insulin. Maybe I’ll re-vamp my earthquake kit during the summer, but I just get overwhelmed every time I think about it.
I’m really sorry to hear that you lost your best friend last year. I lost my best friend very unexpectedly about four years ago. I think it really does make you think a lot more about these types of things.