How do you manage Diabetes while recovering from Hurricane?

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Marburg
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   Posted 9/21/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
HI,
 
My town was hit very hard by Hurricane Ike.  Most of us were without power and water for a week (about half are still without).  Naturally, the stores all closed and when they re-opened they didn't really have fresh foods.  I have had to rely on MRE's all week and I can tell you, they aren't good for controlling bs--a lot of starch, and carbs.  Combine that with stress and my numbers aren't doing good (they were already on the high side due to surgery and had started coming down until now).
 
What can I do to help bring those numbers down until the stores are fully stocked and I can eat fresh again?
 
Marburg

Phishbowl
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   Posted 9/22/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi!
So sorry to hear you were impacted by the nasty hurricane, Marburg. I hope things get back to normal for Y'All soon.

When fresh is out of the question and as in your case - no water/electricity, I tend to lean towards nuts. They're great for protein & fat. Beef Jerky (although high in sodium), would be something I would consider. Cans that don't require cooking prep like: salmon, tuna, sardines, and some beans provide excellent protein. Even peanut butter by the TBSP can keep you going. Water is always most important and I try to keep a case for emergencies in my cold room.

If my rations were limited, I would probably eat much more often but in significantly reduced portions.

Hope things get back on track soon.

Cheers,
Kris
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Marburg
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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Kris,

I am trying to stay on track.  It's just been so difficult.  I have to fight with insurance, fight with FEMA (was denied because I'm not staying in a hotel), etc.  After all this, I certainly don't want our Government to handle our health care system.  We'd all be dead before we got any help.

There is such a difference in the food distribution centers here.  Someone I know went over to Seabrook and got a box of MRE's that had Jamabalya, Red Bean, Chicken & Noodles, Spaghetti, (12 meals), yet the Alvin food distribution center handed out 1 box (20 meals) of beef patty (as in mystery meat), dried cranberries, and mexican corn.  I wonder why the pods are giving out supplies that are so different.  Admittedly, the Alvin pod MRE's will feed more people for a longer period of time.

Oh well, like everything else, this too shall pass.
 
Thanks for the input.  I had forgotten about nuts.  I must admit, however, that I've probably eaten enough peanut butter this past week to last me a long, long, long time.  :-)
 
Marburg

Phishbowl
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   Posted 9/22/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I can only imagine how difficult a time this is for you. We don't get hurricanes here in Ottawa, Canada, but, I do know what it's like to have no electricity (we get ice storms) or water (frozen pipes/broken water mains) in -30° winter. I've never had to experience a FEMA operation or situation like you're in but, I imagine the challenges are endless; as you say, at least for a while anyway. You've got a situation beyond your control - all you can do is manage it as best as you can. One day at a time... and jump all over those fresh products as soon as they come in! :-)

Kris
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- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

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Marburg
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   Posted 9/23/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Kris,

I will certainly jump on the fresh vegetables as soon as I can.

Marburg


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   Posted 9/24/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Marburg,
You are doing the best you can in a difficult situation so unless you have to dose yourself with insulin according to your numbers, I'd lighten up on the testing. It's not like you can change the food available to you right now. I think you are being very brave and strong... and doing much better than I would! Hang in there.
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Marburg
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Jeannie,

Yes, things are tough right now. I am going to take your advice and lighten up on the testing. Like you and Kris have said, there's not much I can do about it right now. I don't feel very brave or strong--I feel like a basketcase right now. Still, I am thankful that I still have a roof over my head (even if it is damaged a little on the leaky side)--I am in much better shape than folks in Galveston, Crystal Beach, or Gilcrest (in Gilcrest all the homes except 1 were literally washed away).

Thanks for the encouragement and kind words.

Marburg
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