I just read a short piece on disaster preparedness. Any diabetic that went through hurricanes Katrina of Rita probably has the subject close at mind. But after reading and seeing much on Haiti, I have to ask myself a couple questions:
- Can I easily switch back to shots if my pump wasn't viable (batteries, cartridges, insets)?
- Do I have pens and needles, or plain syringes to cover a pump failure?
- Can I build a small stockpile of test strips for such an event?
- What extra batteries do I need for my devices?
- How long will my current supply of insulin last? What would I do to prolong the supply?
- How can I protect my insulin supply from heat/cold spoilage?
- What food and drink could I keep in extended supply to ease things during a disaster?
Here's hoping these situations are few and far between for us (or anybody!). Meanwhile, I'm reordering my scrips...