It isn’t going to be long before one or other diabetic in the US gets into a situation where “self isolation” is required, but what does that mean and how do we deal with it?
So far I haven’t found any information about what this means in the US but the instructions from other countries imply very significant impacts on the control of our diabetes. All of them require “staying at home”. For most non-rural Americans that severely limits our ability to exercise, which, of course, is an essential part of control for both T1 and T2 diabetics.
All of the recommendations also ban going to the shops to buy food. That’s going to be OK for a few days, maybe a week, but some countries (e.g. Canada) specify 14 days. For many diabetics that means relying on someone else to buy what is, for us, a pretty simple diet but is, for most people, pretty much incomprehensible.
The advice I’ve found from other countries seem to assume that you can either get food online or that you have someone who will get it for you. I’m not sure how well the first works in the US and the second is a big assumption.
Hence this topic; diabetics in general need to have ways of dealing with self-isolation that work in the variety of conditions that we find ourselves in, both the crowded cities and the incredible isolation of rural areas.