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How long could we survive without our juice of life?

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Oct 16, 2010 12:05
  • How long could we survive without our juice of life?

    Here's something that has gone through my mind once in a blue moon.  How long would I be able to survive with our juice of life aka insulin?

    The reason I'm putting this out to you all is - that we all know that one of the Chilean miners, Jose Ojeda Vidal was a diabetic (he suffers kidney problems).  He was the 7th minor released from the depths of 800 metres.  A few of us have are assuming he was a Type 2 diabetic, since some of the articles I've come across on the Internet don't mention anything about insulin being sent to him via the small tube that allowed supplies to be sent to the trapped minors after being discovered alive after 17 days.

    I think this is one time when I can think of diabetes as being abit of a hindrance to myself - as I have always been abit of a Dora the Explorer.  As a child I would wander off, my parents sometimes not knowing where I was.  Okay, I never wandered off for days on end, but still, being a diabetic child, who knows what could happen to me if I'd fallen into a ditch - and not been discovered for a few days without my medications?  I can imagine any Mum reading this right now is probably cringing with fear at having a child like myself (I really have turned out alright years later - trust me).

    My dream, despite my fear of water and rough seas, is to sail around the world.  One thing that eats away at my sponge brain is how to keep going with my medications - mainly insulin our juice of life.  Yes, I can stock up on it - but it's always that "what if?".  My insulin goes wanky and I can't get to port to obtain fresh supply?  If I'm still on my insulin pump, it breaks down, and the loaner pump doesn't work?  I could go on and on here and I'm sure you can add other items to my list of "what if's".  Tthere are so many things that we as diabetics / caregivers have to think about before heading out our front door each day.   If I didn't have diabetes, to do a trip like this would be easy - food / water and other life saving necessites would be my only worry.  With diabetes you have to always be one step ahead, thinking of the "what if's?". 

    Have I opened up a can of worms here with putting this question out to the D-OC (diabetic online community)?

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