Basic personal medications in crisis
As you may have noticed, I’ve been ‘slacking’ for a couple weeks on the weekends, when I generally have time for my blog. Well, the past couple have been used up by helping out my grown kids in their homes with projects. And have to go outta town to do so.
Getting a dab of food poisoning at the end of last weekend’s visit just made things so wonderful this week (sarcasm!). It also gave me a topic to blog about this time.
Let’s suppose we’re all crammed together in survival mode of some kind and……someone gets the runs. Depending on the bug involved, could be just an unlucky family member has to suffer through it. Maybe they had some bad squirrel on a stick for dinner. Other cases will be like the flu, before you know it everybody has it!
How’s your prepper medicine cabinet doing? Well stocked for common stuff like a little food poisoning or the flu? No? Could be bad news during a crisis, if the situation grew bad enough with a little one or an infirm senior. My run with it (to the bathroom multiple times an hour!) used up my small supply of anti-diarrhea / anti-nausea product, Imodium. So, now back on my feet, I’ve restocked that item in a couple brand names, and added some extra printed online research to my paper files concerning ‘do it yourself’ medicine and health care. Part of the common sense strategy to keep this thing from spreading to everyone crammed together is to WASH YOUR HANDS every time at every episode and dry your hands with a PAPER TOWEL and throw it away! It will be misery enough for all, even if no one else comes down with it. Basic medicine information and articles on the naturalistic way of self treatment of minor disease are good to have in your ‘home doctor kit’ along with adequate information to help you feel confident that what you’re dealing with is or is not life threatening. I have a decent library of information for you along this line in my Urban Survival Store in the First Aid, Health & DIY Medicine section, through Amazon, all in a nice group, covering a wide range of off grid health, herbs and self care. Browse through it some time.
So, go get your pencil and paper, sit down with your significant other, parent or whomever, and write down all your chronic conditions, and whatever miserable diseases, such as diarrhea and the flu, that you can think of which can be dealt with at home. Now, start a gradual build up in your survival ‘medicine cabinet’ of those items, add books and information to your survival library to get your through the worst of it. Along with the over the counter stuff to take for all these aliments should be a well stocked, family sized first aid cabinet and not one of those $9.95 Wally world 3 inch square little jokers either. Those have their place, maybe in your bug out bag, but we’re talking a ‘real’ situation kind of coping with first aid supply that can deal with pretty serious cuts and burns. Can you do stitches to a nasty, deep cut? Might be might useful if somebody in the group had that skill, even better if a couple folks did. This kit should also cover supplies for sprained ankles and wrists, sore muscles (you’ll probably be experiencing all kinds of new physical activities, like serious work!), finger splints and perhaps even arm and leg splints or at least immobilizers to make it to the hospital.
Anyway, more stuff to ponder and plan over, right? Seems it never ends, and you’re right if that’s what you’re thinking right about now. But, just take it easy, little bits at a time, a little planning, a little budgeting, before you know it, you’ll have a nice stash going.
Stay safe, keep your spirits up, keep on prepping, soon you’ll be better off than many, many others.
- 15 Items to Keep in Your Apartment Medicine Cabinet (apartmentguide.com)
- How to Increase Medicine Cabinet Space (lifehack.org)
- Your Spice Rack as a Medicine Cabinet: 5 Hidden Healers in Your Kitchen (myscienceacademy.org)
- Ways to Treat Diarrhea (everydayhealth.com)
- How to Deal with Food Poisoning While Traveling By Amy Farley (travelwiseonline.wordpress.com)
- The Most Common Causes of Food Poisoning (everydayhealth.com)