Monday, February 21, 2011
The realities of "One Second After"
I just finished reading the book "One Second After" by William Forstchen. Avalanche Lily, over at Survival Blog had recommended it as a riveting read, so I thought I had better check it out.
The basic premiss of the book is the realities of life after an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack over the continental United States. Being sufficiently paranoid already, I found this book perfect fodder for my already overactive sense of preparedness.
One of the main themes of the book that haunted me was that of sickness and death. Throughout history, it has been within the realm of women to care for laboring women, babies, the elderly, the sick and the dying. Women, by our very nature, care for others. Men were created to protect and provide for their families. Women were created to nurture and minister to their families. As I read "One Second After", I realized that in a grid down situation the care for the sick would once again become the realm of women. When there are no doctors, hospitals or health officials to "save" us from sickness, it will be the mothers, daughters, grandmothers and aunts that take up the mantle laid down by their ancestors and reclaim their place among the legions of women who lived lives of service caring for the sick and dying.
As a wife, a mother, a daughter and an aunt, I want to arm myself with information and the necessary equipment and skills to make me a formidable enemy to sickness and death. I want to know the potential health dangers of a world without grid-power and readily available bathroom facilities. I want to re-aquire the medical knowledge required to deal with diseases that have been vanquished by modern medical practices and clean food and water sources. In that vein, I have been researching (with much help from Maid Elizabeth) ancient diseases like Cholera, Typhoid, and Typhus, along with once common childhood diseases like Mumps and Measles. My plan is to put together a booklet with vital information - information like signs, symptoms, preventative measures, causes, methods of transmission, proper methods of contamination containment, indicated antibiotics (if any) etc. I plan to include simple recipes for ORH (oral rehydration therapy) solutions, electrolyte replacement fluids, emergency baby formula recipes and even methods for dealing with such things as lice, without the help of modern medical interventions.
If nothing else, "One Second After" reminded me of the important role of women in a TEOTWAWKI situation. I plan to go into battle armed with knowledge, skills and the resources I need to see my family through whatever comes our way.