Every couple of years, we take an inventory of our medical supplies, both pharmaceuticals and wound care, and make major purchases. This year, we are redoubling our preparedness efforts, so rather than making one major purchase, we are breaking things down into categories and making numerous purchases, otherwise the shear volume would overwhelm us.
A recent buying trip (to our local Costco) yielded pharmaceutical gold. Here is a sampling of what we bought, and why....
- Fleet Saline Enemas. As people age and become less active, a little help in the waste management department is indicated. Also, a change in diet, from a heavily laden fiber diet to a diet including mostly protein (as in a wild game driven TEOTWAWKI diet) will cause things to "stop up". If not dealt with quickly and efficiently, constipation could prove to be a life-threatening condition.
- Stool Softeners. Basically, they are indicated for the same condition mentioned above, however, they would be a preventative, taken before complete stoppage.
- Cough Drops. For soothing relief of itchy throats due to PND and bothersome colds. Something along the lines of Chloraseptic Throat Lozenges would be in order for sore throats.
- Ibuprofen. Fever relief and pain management. Ibuprofen is good three years past the expiration date (per doctor), then throw it away.
- Quick Release Caps Ibuprofen. For super fast acting pain relief or fever reduction. Gel caps are more expensive and the shelf life is shorter, but can be worth the extra price.
- Tylenol. Fever relief and pain management. Tylenol has no shelf life (per doctor), so it is an excellent long term storage option.
- Aspirin. Fever relief and pain management. It also works as a blood thinner. Aspirin lasts forever (per doctor), making it perfect for long term storage.
- Children's Tylenol. As indicated previously, but with children's dosage.
- Children's Ibuprofen. As indicated previously, but with children's dosage.
- Tylenol PM. Use as you would for Tylenol, but with the added benefit of a sleep aid. In cases of extreme illness or pain, sleeping can be a great healer.
- Benadryl Allergy. Benadryl is the first course of action for an anaphylactic reaction. It can be the difference between life and death. We keep quite a supply on hand.
- Children's Benadryl Allergy. Same as above, but with dosage for children.
- Neosporin. An antibiotic ointment to be used on minor scrapes and scratches to prevent infection. It can keep minor injuries minor.
- Bag Balm. Truthfully, we use bag balm in place of Neosporin regularly, with great success. We do find that the Neosporin tubes are easier to transport in packs and bags.
- Visine. When allergies come calling or you get something in your eye, there is no better eye wash. It can bring immediate relief.
- Hydrogen Peroxide. The uses for hydrogen peroxide are too numerous to mention! We use it extensively to remove blood from clothing and linens. It is also a great gargle and antiseptic.
- Betadine. We use Betadine as a topical antiseptic. You can scrub for minor surgery (or major) with a Betadine solution by mixing 2oz. of dish soap to 1 gallon of betadine. This is an excellent solution to wash with and sterilize wounds.
- Isopropyl Alcohol. Yet another topical antiseptic for use in wound care (ie. sterilization of instruments).
Not only do we stock up on simple medications, we purchase large quantities of vitamins to maintain health. Our daily regime consists of an Emergen-C packet every morning followed by a high quality multi-vitamin. Emergen-C is available in bulk at Costco and is packaged in a foil packet (plastic is NOT an oxygen barrier!). My all-time favorite multi-vitamins are made by a company called Beeyoutiful. I love them! I take Super Mom and they have worked so well for both Maid Elizabeth and myself that I just placed an order for Super Dad for Sir Knight!
Preparing for medical emergencies goes hand in hand with food storage, defense and communications when anticipating a grid-down scenario. It's not just about preparedness - it's about Practical Preparedness.