Actually, I hope the same thing. But here in Nevada, our greatest danger is earthquakes, and if that happens, it will certainly be more than a week or two. After a major earthquake, the roads could be torn up, and there might be SO many people dead and homeless (think Haiti, although we are not nearly so large or poor as Port-au-Prince), and the hospitals might have come down, not to speak of medical personnel not being able to get there -- I don't even want to think about it. Maybe I should start stashing all my meds -- the insurance companies make it hard, but it would be so nice to have a supply, just in case! I'm much less worried about refrigeration than about just having insulin at all.
I live in an earthquake risk zone and I keep a kit with extra food and supplies in it near my door, so I can grab it if there's even "the big one" that they keep warning us about. I don't keep insulin in there, but might start. I also make sure I always have a full insulin pen in my purse&mdah;and, until recently, carried extra test strips and enough supplies to last me at least a few days. It makes me feel much safer having that stuff nearby.
Yikes! I've hit DKA 6 hours after my pump malfunctioned without my knowledge, and this is without eating anything. I've heard the longest a person can live with no insulin (meaning, no external source and no residual production of their own) is about 72 hours, although I don't know where I heard that, or if it's accurate. I've never tested it, and of course don't intend to.
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