The funny thing about diabetes, in fact, all diseases -- they do not go away or go on hold during crises or unusual circumstances.
And that's been the case with me. We lost power Saturday when a limb took down the wires to our farmhouse. Then while digging our cars out of the driveway so we could head to my daughter's house in Washington, we witnessed another limb in the nearby woods crashing down and taking out the main line for the entire area.
We've been without power since then, and I suspect that we will remain without power until the weekend or early next week. One problem is that our long driveway is impassable with snow, which will make it difficult for crews to reach our house to repair the downed electrical line. We also are a remote location. That's to say, we'll be the last people in the regioni, I'm predicting, to have our power restored.
But in the meantime, I've hauled my insulin and vitamins and medications and needles and test strips -- along with clothes, toiletries, pets, books, food and great mood -- to our daughter Abbie's house, where she is putting up with us. We've elbowed our way into her daily life, and she's maintaining good spirits despite having two more dogs, an embattled cat and her wayward, homeless parents living like gypsies in her midst.
The blood sugars have remained steady, although the schedule is a bit off. Walking through and shoveling snow requires more calories and has left me a few times with lower blood sugars, but nothing that can't be easily remedied with a slug of juice.
We have been back to the house a few times to check on things and pick up supplies we'd forgotten when we fled the house on Saturday. All is well there, but we feel bad seeing the old farmhouse cold and empty. The yard and farm look like a war zone with limbs down everywhere. Somebody, namely I, will have to clear the yard of branches and even rev up the new chainsaw when the weather improves.
But it will be great getting home again. I'm watching the Allegheny Power site on the Internet, particularly the map, to see how many outages remain in our area of northern Washington County. There still are more than 400 customers in our area without power. The predicted date of repair has been pushed back to midnight Saturday. And that's optimistic.
Abbie? She's being stoic.
But I can see in her eyes that she's ready to send us to a refugee camp.