When I flipped on CNN the other morning while getting ready for work and saw thousands of drivers stranded in Atlanta due to inclement weather, my very first thought was “if that was me, I’d be screwed.”
Due to all the crazy cold weather this year, many folks have been stranded, grounded, or like in Atlanta, stuck in their cars through the night or worse: forced to walk home in freezing temperatures or risk freezing or starving in their cars overnight. Looking in my empty trunk later that day, I realized that I’m completely unprepared for life on the road. And I do live on the road now – I have several accounts that are three hour drive away from my home, and long stretches of deserted highway in between.
Diabetes-wise, I’m actually totally prepared. My purse is always stocked with extra insulin, test strips, and a syringe in case my pump pod and all the extra ones I have packed with me end up busted. But in terms of the basics like food, water, and warmth, I come up empty – unless you count the tube of fermented glucose tablets I keep stashed in my glove box in case I go through all my other low treats (ew). And I don’t think my low treats really count as “food” if we’re talking about having to spend the whole night or longer trapped somewhere.
The weather plauguing other parts of our country served as a major wake-up call to me. My first stop tonight when I get home will be my local grocery store for several bottles of water and some non-perishable, long-lasting food like Clif Bars. I’m also going to buy an emergency gas can and a warm blanket to keep in the car, just in case.
After all, I drove through no less that 10 cities I’d never heard of in Oregon and Washington yesterday, with miles in between of zero civiliation. It’s time to be prepared for all the non-diabetes things I would need in an emergency!
My thoughts are with all those who are and were stranded in Atlanta and other parts of the country. I wish for everyone to make a safe return home.