Sunday, December 8, 2013

Icemageddon

The leaves were frozen in the same direction that the wind blew.
Confession: I am a warm weather gal.

Broken branches everywhere.
I have survived Texas summers, Georgia summers, Florida summers, Iowa summers, and Arizona summers. The only way I survived my first Seattle summer was through the frequent use of our fireplace. That's right. Our first summer in Seattle, our fireplace was constantly on.

I bet he wished he parked in the garage.
100 degrees with stupidly high humidity? Bring it on Florida! 115 degrees with no humidity? I laugh at you Arizona! I can take the heat! As for winter? 22 degrees with 10 degree windchill? TEXAS! What are you doing to me?

Trees aren't supposed to touch the road.
The weatherman tried to warn us that the ice storm would be bad. Our weatherman had also cried wolf only two weeks prior to have nothing happen. If you remember the original story of the boy who cried wolf, when the wolf finally made an appearance the villagers were completely unprepared.

These trees hadn't even fully turned yellow!
Cleon, you wolf, I was unprepared.

Poor rose bud. So much ice covers you.
I almost ran out of my fludrocortisone (FC). In my mind, I knew I had enough of my other steroids. I did not even think of double checking all of my medicine before Icemageddon hit. Friday morning, I looked outside and thought, "Uh oh." I then went over to my medicine cabinet and thought, "Really big uh oh!" I had one day of FC left.

FC works alongside my Cortef to regulate my sodium levels, potassium levels, and blood pressure. Without it, my sodium tanks, potassium sky rockets, and blood pressure drops so low that I will regularly pass out. In summary, this medicine is important, and I was out of it.

Various scenarios started running through my mind. Would I have to drive on three inches of solid ice? Would I have to walk three miles round trip on that same ice in ridiculously cold weather? Would I have to ration out my FC and hope for the best?

Thankfully, none of the above! I have a last resort, emergency use only, back up stash of all of my medicine. I carry it with me everywhere I go in the same pouch that holds my solu-cortef injection. I didn't think to check it before Icemageddon, but I was frantically checking it that morning! Six days. I had a six day back up of FC. That was enough to last me through being iced in.

The weight of the ice caused it to snap in half.
Do you have a medical condition that requires life saving medicine? Do you have an emergency back up for all of that medicine? If you don't, create one now! If you do not have enough medicine to create an emergency back up, ask your doctor to write out a script for a two week supply of all of your critical meds. Get it filled now. Carry it with you at all times. You never know when it could save your life.

My hidden stash of FC saved me during Icemageddon. As soon as I am able to, I will restock it to be prepared for next time. And it will have fourteen days worth. Not six.

In closing, I present the obligatory cat on ice photo.

3 comments:

  1. Those are some really good pictures. Especially the rose bud!

    I'm really glad you are making it through the storm alright.

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  2. Amber
    I am really enjoying your blog! I have just found it and am reading through your timeline. I have not been diagnosed with Addison's disease yet (all my stim tests have come back "adequate"- love that word!) ,but have most of the symptoms. I have done extensive research about it and found that outside research papers by scientists, the best source of information is the website Addison's Disease Self Help Group (addisons.org.uk). They work with a group of endocrinologists and have free manuals and protocols. They recommend having a full month of extra meds as emergency backup in case you are also sick and have to stress dose during that time. You haven't mentioned them that I have seen, so don't know if you are aware of them or not. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Ooooh! I like that website! Being from America, I knew about it but I had not looked into it much. I will definitely add this to my "External Links" tab.

      Thank you! :)

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