How Do Smart People Prepare for Medical Emergencies?
Medical emergencies are something we typically deal with as they occur… a call to our primary care provider’s office, a trip to urgent care or the hospital emergency room, or a 911 call to summon help… at least in our world as we know it now.
Medical emergencies WILL happen, no matter how we do or don’t prepare. The big difference, in a post EMP world, is that medical help will NOT be on the way. We are ON OUR OWN to diagnose, treat and deal with whatever the medical emergencies present.
How Can I Prepare for My Family’s Medical Emergencies?
I began to imagine a kaleidoscope of medical products and treatments for an endless parade of medical needs. Bottom line became… I am not a doctor, nor am I a nurse. I’m a mom and Grammy who has a great store of experience with day-to-day complaints and family needs… but not much in the way of true medical emergencies.
Finally I realized that all the worry in the world won’t change whatever is going to happen. My first step has to be adopting the attitude of… “I’ll start by doing what smart people are doing to prepare for medical emergencies!”
But where am I going to find that long list of things will I need when there are no trained medical people to jump into the fray and take care of our urgent needs?
Much thought and a few sleepless nights later, I concluded that – for me – the first and most important element is KNOWLEDGE. All the aspirin and hydrogen peroxide and bandages in the world are worthless to me if I don’t know how to sort out the symptoms in medical emergencies, diagnose the ailment or injury, and determine the best possible treatment, if any, in the absence of trained professionals.
Medical Solutions at Your Fingertips?
As for knowledge, I don’t want medical books… they are written on a professional level which won’t be much help to me. Reading quite a few survival blogs, I was drawn to what appeared to be a down-to-earth book titled, “The Survival Medicine Handbook,” written by Joseph Alton, M.D. And Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. They introduce the book as, “A guide for when help is NOT on the way.”
Amazon came thru for me, again. Within 2 days I had the book in my hands. One thing I can tell you… every time I pick the book up for a quick reference, it ends up dragging me in! It’s written in a way I can understand and, I’m certain, will be able to apply. I’m amazed at the number of situations presented. Do yourself a favor and get the book. (There’s my personal recommendation.)
Take special note of the levels of first aid kits described, which contain more of a stockpile of emergency medical supplies than the typical “first aid kit.” Obviously, commercially produced first aid kits have their place in day-to-day normal family living, such as a family picnic or a day at the beach; however, in assembling our own prepper/survival medical supplies, we have to be more practical and aggressive in our approach, keeping long-term and those ever looming medical emergencies in mind.
The 4 Levels of Medical Applications
The Survival Medicine Handbook describes 4 very different levels of medical application.
- An individual carry kit
- The nuclear family bag (my choice for our living situation)
- One for a medic responsible for a group
- A community clinic, which is for long-term care of a family or group.
Before taking another step, determine who will be providing medical care in your personal and family medical emergencies. For us, that will be me… so we’ll be praying for safety and good health!
I have already started gathering in the supplies listed for my medical bag, and am continuing my reading, in order to get to an overall level of preparedness. And, although I was once certified in CPR, I’m looking for a local class so I can get my certification up to date. Any and all training you can find in first aids will also be beneficial, and will give you a stronger sense of preparedness for handling medical emergencies.
Include a “DIY Miracle Healing Salve” in Your Medical Bag
Let’s jump to another great DIY recipe for you to include in your first-aid arsenal. This may seem rather light weight following the serious and heavy duty previous section, but it’s one which brings tremendous value to your medical arsenal.
In her website, www.backdoorsurvival.com, Gayle Levy shares her recipe for “DIY Miracle Healing Salve.” The ingredients are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, organic beeswax pastilles, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, peppermint essential oil, and (optional) a few drops of vitamin E.
Since I have just recently been introduced to the values of essential oils, I am still pretty wide-eyed and amazed at their value as applied to personal care, physical and medical applications. Essential oils will add some powerful tools to your medical bag.
For example… Ms. Levy explains that the coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and ian antibacterial. Olive oil is an antioxidant and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, anti-fungal and antiseptic. It is also a master healer that helps prevent scaring. Rosemary is an antiseptic and an excellent treatment for muscle aches. Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and is also used as a natural preservative.
You will see in her article that the salve has been successfully used as
- a hand and foot moisturizer,
- a relief for nocturnal foot and muscle cramps,
- to eliminate symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, by adding 5 to 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a jar of the cream,
- an antiseptic ointment for cuts and scrapes,
- a successful treatment to heal scars (both surgical and otherwise),
- a makeup remover, applied to the face, then removed with a damp washcloth,
- a facial moisturizer and serum,
- a cuticle and nail conditioner,
- a hair serum,
10. a treatment to relieve pet scratching and itching.
I’m sure you can look back at this list and realize there are many products you’ve purchased over the years and which can now be eliminated, lightening your load by replacing with the Miracle Healing Salve. Be sure to read more at backdoorsurvival.com
As we can see, health issues and medical treatment from a preparedness perspective is a huge subject, and one on which our lives may/will depend… much too important to cover in one blog post. There will be more posts to come, on many different subjects.
For now, be safe and God Bless us all.
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