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Prepping with a chronic disease

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Prepping can be intense. You need to plan for water and food and communication and shelter and finances and safety not just for yourself but for you family and often extended family and perhaps even neighbors and any pets and any young children or elderly parents. Wow. Even that sentence was exhausting! That seems like a lot of work for a “maybe something will happen,” right? It is a lot of work. No argument. Consider this for a moment though: what special precautions should you take if you – or one of your people – have a chronic disease, like epilepsy or Alzheimer’s or diabetes?

Let’s take a step back for a moment and define what a chronic disease is exactly. A chronic disease is a long lasting condition that can be controlled or managed but not actually ever cured.

Using diabetes for the main example, a Type 1 diabetic can often control his or her diabetes with insulin. That person may have to test their blood sugar level (BSL) several times throughout the day to determine if the insulin level needs to be adjusted or if it is a good day. Stress only aggravates our systems thus messing up our normal levels. A Type 2 diabetic may use oral medications, like Metformin, to control his or her diabetes when diet and exercise simply is not enough. Consider what you need to medically survive and what you could use in its place.

Prescription Medication

Refilling your script a day or two early may allow you to build up a reserve over time. Medications do expire though so watch those dates and always use the oldest first.

Daily living

Daily living items are just that. Consider for a moment everything you use is any given day. Now consider what you could do without. Someone who is diabetic may need extra water or special grooming tools to maintain proper foot care. Consider having someone, depending on your personal situation, check in on you every so often. Have a first aid kit already prepared.

When the electric fails

Sleep apnea is not uncommon among diabetics. Consider a generator if the power should fail. If you live in a sunny place, you may also want to consider a solar unit.

Ultimately the best way to prepare for a SHTF scenario, is to make healthier choices now. Loose the extra weight. Learn herbal remedies perhaps. Get your sugar under control now so that it will be easier if something should happen.

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