We have had a few discussions about Hollywood and their attempts to include diabetes in their shows. Some do it with success, while others you just want to reach through the TV and shake them. Well there is a new one on the scene. It's a Steven King based show of a town that is trapped under a dome, cut off from the outside world.
Trapped inside is a main character with type 1 (I am presuming from her requirement to have insulin) though it is a bit sketchy. This week's episode really concentrated on her character and the fact that inside the dome, the insulin is finite and running out. She had taken her last dose and of course is now in the local hospital after suffering a rather confusing episode.
Anyway, her daughter is on a mission to steal from other diabetics (who of course take the same insulin her mom uses…really) and get treatment for her mom. It is quite a dilemma she faces as she realizes the other diabetics are facing a certain death due to no insulin being available. Her moral character is challenged by this and she begins to understand the magnitude of the problem.
So for all the misrepresentation, that realization is still very poignant. It brought to mind how fragile we can be, for all the strength we have in our daily battle. I guess living in Hurricane country, I worry about this more than I some. While I am not insulin dependent, I do still take it and it works for me better than any pills. I try to keep some in stock at home, but it is a little scary to think of what could happen if I run out. Much less if someone with type 1 should run out.
What do you guys do to be prepared for something that might happen? Not that a dome is going to drop on your town, but what happens if a storm hits and you need your medicines. Are you able to take care of yourself when no one is able to help you out?
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