Stocked up on Diabetic supplies?

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2011-02-05 09:55:12 -0600
Started 2011-01-31 16:37:12 -0600

Wow, the cold and wintery mix is even coming to Texas. I've heard that other parts of the country are having more snow than ever this year. How cold is it where you are, and how many feet or inches of snow have you had this year? How many weeks or months of diabetic supplies and food to you keep on hand to be safe? I am so spoiled thinking I can run by the market everyday, I don't always have very much food on hand. How does all this cold affect your mood?

49 replies

runthe 2011-02-03 15:19:29 -0600 Report

I live in Chicago and we had thundering, lighting, high winds 50mph and a blizzard with 25 inches of snow.

oldbuttercup 2011-02-01 13:26:30 -0600 Report

Here in Elmira N.Y. we are expecting accumulations of 8 - 12 inches by tomorrow.
My youngest daughter, who is 18, is upset that school is closed, not becuase she loves school, but because she is afraid if she has too many days of she wont graduate on time.
I'm upset because my wife wont let me help shovel the driveway.
I know she is only looking out for me.
Hey I know the two kids that still live at home, or the other six between us can offer to help. Yea sure they can.
Maybe my grandchildren can help soon, my grandson is almost 3 after all!

CaliKo 2011-02-01 13:54:27 -0600 Report

We don't have to argue about it. No snow shovel. We just wait for it to melt.

CaliKo 2011-02-02 12:06:05 -0600 Report

Well, after thinking about it, I decided to tackle our drive yesterday afternoon. My husband had made it into work yesterday and I wanted him to be able to drive into the garage without sliding into something. So me and my 14-year old son spent 3-1/2 hours with garden shovels working on it. It is hard work! We did get it cleared good enough though. I fell asleep after dinner at 7:30 and slept until 8:30 this morning. We are having rolling blackouts to conserve electricity state-wide, and it has messed up the mass transit trains, stop lights, etc. My husband is staying home today because he building has been without power all morning. My office is still closed. It's been a slow morning catching up on tv shows we have recorded. Stay warm!

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squog master 2011-02-03 19:44:26 -0600 Report

How were your muscles after all that shoveling? We got the wintery mix Tues & Wed the schools didn't have to close. Was icy both AMs then changed to rain. They just had delayed openings. We lucked out.

CaliKo 2011-02-03 19:50:03 -0600 Report

I think all my workouts with weights helped, but my lower back was sore, and my hands. I was stiff all over when getting up also for about a day. I felt better that my 14-year-old was complaining about being stiff, too.

CaliKo 2011-02-03 23:13:22 -0600 Report

He used to run with me in the morning a couple of times a week, but is less willing to get up so early as he gets deeper into teenages. Right now he gets a good workout because he's on the basketball team. I keep telling him the virtues of exercise, and especially with the family history of diabetes.

CaliKo 2011-02-04 19:47:18 -0600 Report

We did indeed. Six inches at my house, and a couple more hours of shoveling. We both are less sore this time. Now I know why my husband doesn't want to live where it snows. Sure is pretty, though.

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squog master 2011-02-04 21:19:22 -0600 Report

Snow for the Super Bowl. Who would have thought it. We're suppose to get another wintery mix over night, change to rain and back again, again. How's your son's bball team doing? That was my favorite sport to play in high school. All 5' of me. Didn't have any rebounds but had a heck of an outside shot.

CaliKo 2011-02-05 09:55:12 -0600 Report

His team is in playoffs, but the games have been suspended because of the weather. Hopefully it will be nice enough to finish the games next week, thanks for asking. Yes, at 5'10" his height is an advantage for rebounds, but many of the best players are shorter, fast and accurate.

kdroberts 2011-02-01 09:06:49 -0600 Report

I just spent 2 hours shoveling my driveway, and it's only about 1.5 car lengths long! We have food that could stretch for a couple of weeks if needed plus I have enough insulin and test strips that I could probably ration to last a year.

CaliKo 2011-02-01 09:50:45 -0600 Report

Sounds like you are in good shape. Do you have to drive into work? My office is closed today, we have about an inch of sleet on top of ice on the roads, and temperatures won't be above freezing until Friday. Wind chill is minus 5 right now. Should warm up to 55 by Sunday for the Super Bowl, but it will be cold for the teams practicing before then. Stay warm!

kdroberts 2011-02-01 10:10:38 -0600 Report

I think I need to move to Texas! We had about 4 inches last night and they predict more tonight plus 1/2 inch of ice buildup. I have to drive about 25 highway miles to work plus back street but they hadn't plowed so I stayed at home. Plus, Cleveland has no money and rarely plows downtown, which is where I work, in a timely manner so when it's bad like today it takes hours to get in and out of the city. I don't know what the temperature is now, once it gets to about 0 and lower it all feels the same to me!

I don't like winter.

MewElla 2011-02-01 09:24:46 -0600 Report

Two hours shoveling snow…you have got to be tired…That's a lot of snow. It's smart you have supplies and food stocked up, we just never know how long these spells will be. Take care and stay warm.

vgarrison 2011-02-01 01:38:23 -0600 Report

I have never in my life been more excited to see the rain here in Northeast WA…LOL…at least it looks like we aren't gonna get what the rest of the country is predicted to get!! I'm originally from South Dakota and their high is predicted at -4 for tomorrow…BRRRRRRRRR

VickieF 2011-02-01 00:19:15 -0600 Report

LOL I live just 17 north of the Mississippi line in TN. Since the middle of December we have gotten about 9 inches of snow. It only lasts a few day and is gone, but it does not take the dang gone cold with it. We do have some very nice days sprinkled in there too though. Being from Mid Michigan the snow is nothing here as it is there. They close the schools for a Warning of snow. LOL 6-8" up there you are lucky if they close. The damp/cold here hurts though. It is a dampness in the cold that seams to seep into the bones. Does not do good things for the RA.

Leedemp 2011-02-01 17:53:59 -0600 Report

I live in NJ and our January was the worst since the started keeping records. Two separate 20" snows and 6 other storms of varying amounts since 12/26/10

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squog master 2011-02-01 20:42:50 -0600 Report

I'm in South Jersey. We've had 2 12-15" storms & some smaller ones. Been so many I lost count. I hink I forgot a couple cause they weren't "plowable". That's the media's new word around here regarding how much snow we're getting.

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squog master 2011-02-01 08:47:17 -0600 Report

I live in NJ & we get laughed at by people who've lived in say Mass. when we close for 6" of snow. But in all honesty we really don't usually get a lot of snow. Last year & this year so far are not the norm. And having RA is definately not a plus in cold weather. We get most of our snow in Feb. Bring on Feb! Oh, it's here! Yikes! Well, with today & tomorrow's weather the ground hog shouldn't be seeing his shadow. :)

CaliKo 2011-02-01 09:57:15 -0600 Report

We get laughed at a lot for shutting down in the bad weather, but hey, we don't really care! It doesn't really happen much. Oh, I forgot about Groundhog day…

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squog master 2011-02-01 20:52:19 -0600 Report

I don't mind shutting down for the snow. The state is equiped for the norm & we just don't get as much as other parts if the country. What does tick me off is my town's refusal to use salt on the streets. They only use sand. I think somtimes our schools could stay open if we used salt.

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squog master 2011-02-01 20:36:46 -0600 Report

I don't mind getting laughed at for closing down. Your state goes with the norm, so we're not as equiped to deal with a lot of snow compared to other places. But the one thing that ticks me off is that my town won't use salt on our streets. They only use sand so I think sometimes the schools could have stayed open if they would use salt instead.

VickieF 2011-02-02 00:37:46 -0600 Report

Fertalizer is better. It does not cause the breakdown of the pavement or concreat. It is hot and does not refreeze as quickly. Oh! They would have to cut the grass at the side of the roads earlier.

BandonBob 2011-01-31 23:24:16 -0600 Report

We rarely get snow mostly lots of rain. The house is well stoked with food and I usually have at least 30 days worth of meds and supplies for the diabetes.

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squog master 2011-01-31 20:07:07 -0600 Report

Some small storms with 3-6" but then 2 "plowable" storms 12-15" each. "plowable" seems to be the media's new word to describe our snow storms this year. Another storm on the way tonight. expecting 1-3" snow then a change to sleet & freezing rain(not good) changing to rain by Wed mid day. Plenty of supplies & food in stock. I like the cold. I have this hot Fillipino blood in me. However, the cold doesn't like me. It definately affects the RA & sometimes it triggers the asthma.

CaliKo 2011-01-31 21:36:29 -0600 Report

Freezing rain I'm familiar with. That's all we usually get here. We are also expecting freezing rain in the morning, changing to snow later in the day. It will be a big mess if it does reach us. We don't ever have enough to call "plowable" — we don't even have anything to plow with. My neighbor from Chicago has the only snow shovel I've ever seen. Stay warm, and I hope the RA and asthma don't flare up.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-31 23:33:22 -0600 Report

Usually the RA flares before a storm, as the barometer drops. I'm like a little human barometer myself. My right pinkie really swells a lot when we're going to get a big storm. Our worst ones are the storms that come up the coast. That's when we get hammered here in NJ.

re1ndeer 2011-01-31 19:04:57 -0600 Report

Total so far, where I live in Wisconsin, we have had about 28 inches. But, They are predicting for tonight about 6-8 inches more by tomorrow morning. And tomorrow night we are to get between 12 and 18 inches more. With Blizzard conditions. Winds about 50-60 miles per hour.

I normally, have just a months supply of my medicines.

Food I stocked up this morning, to make sure if we get snowed in, I could go at least a week, on the food I bought today. (that's also, foods that don't need refrigeration or cooking, in case we lose power).

I've grown up here all my life, So I know how the weather will affect me. I just sit and read with a nice cup of tea, and let the world pass by.

CaliKo 2011-01-31 21:31:59 -0600 Report

All of my husband's grandparents lived in Wisconsin, it's a beautiful state. I only ever visited in the summer, one set in Appleton and one set in Madison, I haven't seen it in the winter. My husband refuses to live anywhere where he has to shovel snow now.

re1ndeer 2011-01-31 21:44:34 -0600 Report

Lucky for you, at times I wish I lived somewhere else. But, you know, I would miss the 4 seasons that we have.

CaliKo 2011-02-01 09:59:55 -0600 Report

The only time I've seen real snow was from a ski lodge in Utah one Christmas. It was nice, fluffy snow, no ice. I would enjoy that occasionally.

VickieF 2011-02-02 00:49:19 -0600 Report

Caliko, that is skiing snow and is beautiful. Snowball snow is a little damp, holds the snowball shape together, better for throwing. And there is nothing prettier than going for a ride and looking at the sum making the world Sparkle after an Ice storm. It is funny because things that look normally not so nice/dirty looks magical.
And I have to retract the nothing like it thing. I have seen one other thing. Farther south east of where I live now I used to walk with friends at night. We used to walk in a certain park and our favorite loop was through a beautiful grove of Very large pine. When the fireflies were out at night it looked like a fairy tail land. Beutiful, both.

CaliKo 2011-02-03 16:11:48 -0600 Report

That does sound lovely. When I was skiing in Utah, I skiied into a clearing, and there was no one else there. The snow was suspended in the air, sparkling in the sunlight. It was beautiful. One of those moments you remember all your life.

Harlen 2011-01-31 17:58:17 -0600 Report

4 or 5 ft and more coming lol
I have supplies for 3 months and insulin for two at all times
food my god I think I have 1 1.5 years worth of cand goods I like to can lol
Best wishes

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