Question from a reader today in regard to medications…
Our grandson (age 11) is insulin dependent diabetic. What are our option to provide care for him or do we need to plan to lose him WTSHTF? He has an insulin pump and his Mom normally has a month’s worth of insulin on hand……is there a long-term storage option for insulin?Also I am dependent on Doxycycline for recurring Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever episodes. Wondering what you suggest for me?Thanks,J
Sadly there are no easy answers for this situation, and it strikes me as one that’s not too uncommon. I can name a number of coworkers/class mates/neighbors/family that require medication on a daily basis. Not many of those medications are shelf stable. RMSF is one of those things that has to be caught and treated within the first week, I can see that being difficult during a SHTF event. Doxycycline itself is rather shelf stable though and will last for 4 or 5 years in a cool place. Not a bad one for preppers, it is a tetracycline antibiotic. It kills certain bacteria. It is used to treat many kinds of infections, like dental, skin, respiratory, and urinary tract infections. It also treats acne, Lyme disease, malaria, and certain sexually transmitted infections. So if you know RMSF is a problem for you, stock up on it if you can.
Diabetes is another matter. Basically the body doesn’t work right anymore. Those who are pre-diabetic or mildly diabetic can reverse things with radical diet and life style changes. Sadly, those who are dependent on insulin will likely not survive any long term outage in the supply. I’ve seen some interesting work done with animal insulin, but insulin from animal sources differs somewhat in “strength” (in carbohydrate metabolism control effects) from that in humans because of those variations. Pig insulin is especially close to the human version, and if you were going to start somewhere for a last ditch hail mary, I’d start there.
There are levels for medication dependency of course. I have mentioned this before, but I’m an asthmatic. Nothing life threatening really, but I have my inhalers. Thankfully those have really long shelf lives, and I don’t have to use them often. I would probably lose years off my life without them, but I’m unlikely to drop dead. Low dose aspirin stores for years, I can see that one even being a good barter item if you have a few spare bottles socked away for difficult times.
What about y’all? Worried about your health after SHTF? Got any meds stored? Shout out in the comments!
– Calamity Jane