Notes From The Lockdown – And So It Goes

Morning all.

Nothing much has changed for me. Australia is beginning to ease up on restrictions, gradually and carefully, but day-to-day life for me is still as it was in my last missive. I’m still working from home and expect to be doing so for some time to come yet.

Probably the most dramatic change since my last post is this terrible situation in the USA, with the trouble surrounding the sad death of that fellow in Minneapolis.

I’m not going to even pretend to express my point-of-view; that is not for this post. But what is for this post, and something that people who don’t live with T1D would struggle to comprehend, is the unease that can be caused by social unrest at this scale for people who rely on a steady flow of food and insulin.

Remember in previous posts where I’ve talked about juggling the 3 balls non-stop for the rest of our lives? Well food and insulin are 2 of those 3 balls. If we drop any one of the balls, our health will deteriorate dramatically and we will die. The time for this to happen depends on which of the 3 balls are dropped.

Food is the quickest. An inadequate supply of the right type of food could lead to disaster in as little as 8 hours.
Insulin is the next quickest. An inadequate supply of insulin will start to affect our health within as little as 12 hours. Disaster will come anywhere from a few days to a month or so later.

The trouble that is currently emanating from the USA and is rapidly gripping the world, combined with the disaster that is COVID-19 that is devastating so many countries around the planet, causes me to ponder the strength of the supply lines for the crucial medication and important supplies that we rely on. No insulin and disaster is pending. No important supplies and disaster isn’t pending, but our health is going to suffer.

Fortunately here in Australia the supply of food is not in question. But for some other countries, I’m not sure the same assurance can be made.

Yes, this does sound like a glass-half-empty view of current circumstances. But when you live with a chronic illness that can have such dramatic consequences, these thoughts do rumble along in the background.

That is life as I have lived it …. so far.

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