As a home alone type 2 diabetic is there anything special I need? Should I be considering one of those pendants that you wear to call 911 if in trouble?
I don't even wear a medical alert bracelet.
I am must thinking out loud about how I should be prepared as a diabetic living alone, compared to a healthy pancreas person living alone.
I live alone and have a really simple system - I have a friend who I call between six and nine everyday (we're really close so we talk almost everyday anyway). If I don't call by nine she calls me between nine and ten (in case I forget). If I don't answer she calls the police to have them perform a welfare check. Basically the police just come, knock on the door and if you don't answer they come in (it's not a search, they have reasonable cause that the person is in trouble). We have yet to have to do this, but I know the police respond usually within the hour. It's not a perfect system but if you hypo hard you aren't going to be able to use that pendant. It isn't like falling and not being able to get up.
Also, if something is really messed up (way high or low) I'll hang out outside and read. My complex has a high traffic (student apartments) so if I pass out someone will report it sooner or later.
I have worn a medicalert braclet for years due to asthma and have just recently updated to a new bracelet. Since I am highly allergic to sulfa and so many meds for diabetes have an element of sulfa, I feel it is a good idea.
(long story short, I was given a med with an element of sulfa and had a severe reaction. Most people with a mild/moderate allergy would not have reacted. But of course, I did. That rules out many oral meds for me.)
I figure I would raher be safe in case I'm not able to communicate with people!