One Thing to Improve: Emergency Preparedness

Yesterday we gave ourselves and our loved ones a big pat on the back for one thing we are great at.  Today let’s look at the flip-side. We probably all have one thing we could try to do better. Why not make today the day we start working on it. No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

Here’s a reassuring thought: if my trusty insulin pump were to give out right this minute — for any reason: water, trauma, old age, spontaneous combustion — I would have no idea what to do. I have no emergency plan, and that is something I definitely need to work on.

Maybe I’ve grown too trusting of this tiny robot on my hip. In the last 12 years that I’ve used the pump, I’ve only had one real malfunction, and looking back, I don’t even remember how I dealt with it. I’m sure I got on the horn with Minimed and used syringes until my new pump arrived in the mail (which is always ASAP — thanks Minimed), but I don’t recall any details.

And that’s a problem. Were my pump to die this instant, here are the steps I would follow:

  1. Curse. A lot.
  2. Complain on Twitter and Facebook, beseeching the input and wisdom of the ever-present DOC.
  3. Curse some more.
  4. Call my CDE for advice.
  5. Leave work to go home and curse.

There’s no long-acting insulin in my refrigerator, and all the syringes I have are ones that I inherited from my friend Tammy when her diabetic cat went to eat cupcakes in the sky. Worst case scenario, I figure, I’ll just stay close to home, snort cinnamon and jog in place as much as possible.

Of course, I’m assuming everyone else has a holy-shit-my-pump-broke plan, or something resembling one. What does it look like, and where do I get one?