There can be torrential rain, floods, and storms. There can be earthquakes, hurricanes and fires. There can be blizzards, avalanches and extreme cold. You can be put out of your home at a moment’s notice. And, you can be completely ready for just about any emergency. But, as a diabetic, you have to take a few extra steps to be fully prepared.
I bet you can’t guess why personal emergency response is on my mind. Of course not. Does Hurricane Sandy sound familiar?
If you don’t have a basic plan, develop one. You can start right here with the basics. Take a look at the first item on the list.
Since you are probably a diabetic, or know one, this site is diabetic specific and has some great information sources.
Just because a natural or man-made disaster happens, Diabetes will not take a holiday or give you a pass until you are back in your home. Nope, it will continue to slowly eat away at you if you aren’t fighting it. So, you aren’t fully prepared until you add your medication to your “go bag.” I have a go bag? You know, it’s the bag or box you grab when you have to leave your home unexpectedly. You might have important papers in it. Valued family photos. And, a few mementoes of your life. But, as a diabetic, it’s not complete until you add two more things. You have to add your medication to your emergency preparedness plan.
Your medication and glucose tablets of some sort have to be in your go bag. You should have enough meds to get you through at least a week. Your diet might not be what you normally eat and you might be in a shelter, or transported completely out of your area like folks were after Hurricane Katrina. You can’t depend on others to provide you with the tools to fight your Diabetes so you have enough to carry on the fight for at least a week. The glucose is there in case your blood sugar gets too low for some reason.
Why a week? It will give you time to get into a pharmacy to get your prescriptions refilled. If you get your meds at a chain pharmacy, chances are they will be able to access records and assist you in getting you what you need. Or, the Red Cross or similar organization may be able to help you find a doctor to get refill prescriptions.
For this to work, you need to know what meds you take and the doses. So, take a moment right now. Right now. I’ll wait while you get a business card or small card to put in your wallet. This is me waiting. Write down your medication on the card. The name of the medication and dosage. Like Metformin 2x500mg. Or, Simvastatin 1x20mg. Now, put it in you wallet, or with your ID so you know you will always have it. If you are allergic, note it on the card like “Allergic Penicillin.”
“But, Phil, I know what meds I am on. I don’t need to do this.”
Yeah, you do. Chances are you are going to be a bit scared and nervous. You are going to be in survival mode. When you are like that it’s easy to forget something when you’re wondering what in the world you are going to do now that life as you knew it is destroyed. Think of this little card as insurance that your fight against Diabetes will continue. And, it’s such cheap insurance, but invaluable if and when you need it.
As always, thank you for your time. I know there are so many distractions and things to do; I am always thankful that you stop by.