WELCOME to Volume 12 of The Dying Time Newsletter.
Once Again My Apologies for being so late.
Last month while I was recovering from a computer meltdown I accidentally changed the width format of this Newsletter so Volume 11 came out looking strange. It has taken me many mucho days to discover what the heck I did wrong and fix it. I tend to get very stubborn when it comes to a computer doing something I don't think I told it to do. Hardheaded, moi? Yep, guilty as charged. In any event I wasted entirely too much time fixing the problem--or at least I THINK I've fixed it. I guess you'll let me know if I haven't.
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BUGGING IN: WHAT TO DO WHEN TSHTF and YOU LIVE IN SUBURBIA by Raymond Dean White
Health/Medical Supplies/First Aid/Trauma Care
I need to begin by saying, no…emphasizing, that I am NOT a doctor or any kind of medical professional and so nothing I say here should be construed as medical advice. We clear on that? Okay.
I should probably have put this topic up near Chapter One since without your health you are in a world of hurt in any post-SHTF world. No doctors or EMT’s or Nurses, unless you have one in your MAG. No dentists or veterinarians. No functioning hospitals or emergency care centers--unless you are truly lucky.
So what do YOU do when you get shot, cut the crap out of yourself with a machete, knife or chainsaw, burn the dickens out of yourself with a torch, hot oil or (as I did once) hot apple pie dropped as you took it from the oven?
What if your wife, Mary Anne, slips on the ice and breaks her hip, or your kid gets sick with God knows what?
Seriously, if you don’t have a doctor or nurse or someone with medical training in your group you are going to feel helpless and I can tell you from experience that is a terrible feeling--because you, or someone you love, is likely to die.
In any SHTF scenario I can envision illness or injury is much more likely to be fatal than gunshot wounds--simply because illness or injury are much more likely to happen. Remember, you and yours will be working outside at any number of tasks that can result in accidents or exposure to people who are sick. Remember the desperate need to get work done will pretty much eliminate taking days off just because you don’t feel good.
I’m going to cut right to the chase here and recommend a few books that can help you survive such difficulties. Then I’ll get back to you stockpiling some supplies.
The first book is by Doctor Ryan Chamberlain, a physician with a Prepper bent, who also has an excellent website and blog. His book “The Prepper Pages: A Surgeon’s Guide to Scavenging Items for a Medical Kit and Putting Them To Use While Bugging Out”
is a priceless volume in terms of the information it contains. It is no exaggeration to say this book could save your life or the life of someone you love. If I could only have one book on SHTF medicine this would be it. Get it, read it and keep it.
Here’s a link. http://www.amazon.com/Prepper-Pages-Surgeons-Scavenging-Medical/dp/1492939374/?ref=asap_bc&ie=UTF8
Another great book also by Doctor Ryan Chamberlain is “How To Treat Life-Threatening Conditions Preppers Get!: The Prepper’s Guide to Dealing With the Most Common Infections & Illnesses Plaguing Preppers (Volume II).
This book is another must have for your Prepper library.
Here’s a link. http://www.amazon.com/How-Treat-Life-Threatening-Conditions-Preppers/dp/1502769441/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y
Another book you’ll definitely want from the Doctor is “Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse: First Aid Kit Building and Mini Med School for Preppers (The Prepper Pages).”
This book is filled with interviews and medical records from the battle of Britain. Those folks were enduring a real life and death SHTF reality. Food, gasoline, power and medical care were being rationed and an enemy was bombing them every day. There are Prepper stories here that will make your hair stand on end. But those stories have a lot to teach those of us who try to prepare for emergencies. This is a great book.
Here’s the link. http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Zombie-Apocalypse-Building-Preppers/dp/1505738784/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
His website www.ThePrepperPages.com
is well worth visiting and joining. It’s becoming very popular among Preppers and other folks with good sense. I visit it frequently because it’s chock full of terrific articles and necessary information.
No discussion of Prepper medicine is complete without mentioning, okay, highlighting, the books and website of Doom and Bloom.
That would be Doctor Joseph Alton and Nurse Amy Alton whose book “The Survival Medicine Handbook: What To Do When Help Is Not On The Way”
is another must have. Some call it the Bible of survival medicine.
As I mentioned, Joe and Amy (Doom and Bloom) run the famous Prepper website www.doomandbloom.net
and while this book is all around great it is especially important to have if you or anyone in your MAG is planning to have children--and believe me some of you will, whether it’s planned or not. Dr. Alton is an obstetrician and Nurse Amy is a certified midwife, so again get it, read it and keep it in your library.
Other books in this vein are:
“Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies”
by Hugh L. Coffee.
“Where There Is No Dentist”
by Murray Dickson, which is important for obvious reasons.
When I say you must
have these books in your library I’m not joking. Not only can they save you and yours in times of need but the knowledge in them will be invaluable to others. I’m talking trade here folks. Doctors don’t work for free and if you’ve mastered the skills in these books or even encounter people who need the knowledge contained in them you can strike a deal--renting the books out in exchange for goods you want, or “doctoring” those who need it in exchange of something of value to you.
There are numerous other books out there that could be valuable but these I’ve recommended will give you a great start. Also, many such books--especially the Military Field Manuals on Emergency Surgery--are mostly about stabilizing a victim until proper medical care can be had and we all know how unlikely that will be when TSHTF.
All of the books I’ve recommended deal with what I would call traditional Western medicine. Since I know next to nothing about Eastern medicine or hypnosis I’ll leave those subjects to others. I do know that hypnosis can substitute for anesthesia in some cases and that pincushion therapy--sorry, couldn’t resist--I mean Acupuncture, can also be very effective in a variety of circumstances. But that’s it. It would probably be a good idea to research these types of medicine as well as herbal medicine to see if you can get some value from them. I certainly intend to do so.
Many Preppers are into Herbal Medicine or Essential Oils. Again, I confess my ignorance of their beneficial uses, but not having a closed mind I will research them when I get time.
But for now let’s get back to the things you’ll need to help insure your health and survival regarding things medical.
Multi-Vitamins: I’m starting with these because they help promote a strong immune system and that is the primary thing that will help you heal from a wound or an illness. If you and your family aren’t already taking them you need to consider doing so and stocking up on them.
Honey: that’s right, honey. It not only boosts your immune system it also acts as an antiseptic on wounds. Messy? Sure, but would you rather die of an infection? Also, it’s easy to get kids to take honey whereas other medications not so much.
First Aid Kit--There are those who think any old store bought kit will get them by and they are wrong. The only first aid kit worth having is the one you assemble yourself. After all who knows you and your family better than you? You know what medications you and yours need and what ones, if any, to which they are allergic.
That said, following the advice in Dr. Chamberlain’s books will give you some great ideas and a terrific head start in assembling your own kit.
Of course the basics start with:
Band-Aids in all shapes, sizes and types (I’m partial to the flexible ones, usually in three quarter or one inch)
Bandages in various sizes, and clean, sterilized material for wrapping or padding wounds
Gauze Pads in assorted sizes, especially two inch and four inch
Non-Latex Gloves (the purple Nitrile gloves)
Ace Bandages or other flexible bandages
Spray on or Liquid Bandage (New Skin--this is good stuff, try it)
Large Triangular Bandages for slings
Moleskin Pads or Roll
Tape (and yes duct tape can be used but white first aid tape is easier to apply)
Ear Loop Masks (N-95)
Scissors or EMS Shears
Antibiotic ointments (such as Neosporin, Betadine or Iodine)
Sunburn cream or spray
Sunblock (a really strong one like Zinc Oxide or SPF 50 types)
Bacitracin or Polysporin burn ointment--Neosporin also works since it’s anti-biotic. A thin layer of Aloe
Vera gel or Petroleum Jelly can also help for minor burns. (Never put Butter on a burn).
Zanifel (or other Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac treatment--much better than the Calamine Lotion we used when I was a kid because Zanifel actually washes the urushiol toxin off your skin relieving itch in as little as 30 seconds--where was this stuff when I was young?)
Rubbing Alcohol and Alcohol Swabs
Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls
Soap, anti-bacterial okay but not required
Peroxide (still can’t believe all the things this is good for in addition to being an antiseptic)
Distilled or Boiled Water
Eye Wash (sterile--my favorite is Refresh)
Nasal Saline Solution (and a Neti Pot--these things work wonders on stuffed up noses, especially if caused by allergies, and they are also great for removing/washing away blood clots if your nose gets broken)
Nasal Spray (Afrin)
Nasal Decongestant PE (like Sudafed or Claritin D)
Benzocaine (Oragel for toothaches, earaches etc--sort of a local anesthetic)
Flashlight (Preferably a headlamp style to keep the doctor’s hands free)
Tweezers or Forceps
Turkey Baster (filled with distilled water it can irrigate wounds allowing the doctor to see what he’s doing--or possibly a bulb syringe)
Scalpels (or even in a pinch a sterilized box cutter with sterilized razor blades)
Suturing thread (though fishing line, plain floss or regular (preferably undyed or bleached) white thread can be used in a emergency)
Curved Suture Needles
Floss (unwaxed and unflavored)
Hemostats or Surgical Scissor Clamps
Heat Packs or a Heating Pad or Hot Water Bottle
Fine Needles (great for removing splinters and cactus glochids)
A Blood Pressure device
A Magnifying Glass
Antihistamine (like Benadryl or Contac)
Aspirin and Low Dose Aspirin
Imodium AD (which is Loperamide, or other anti-diarrheal med)
Cortizone-10 (Hydrocortisone cream)
Dynarex (bee sting swabs)
Antacids like Zantac or Tums or Peptol Bismol chewables
Cold and Flu medicine
Mucinex and Mucinex DM (cough and nasal congestion relievers)
Throat Lozenges (helps with cough or sore throat)
Nausea Medication (Dramamine)
Anti-Fungal ointment--Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide (Exema, Psoriasis and allergic reactions--it’s a topical steroid)
Tinactin Spray or cream
A&D Ointment (the best ever treatment for chafing and diaper rash)
Skin Lotion of your preference
Vicks VapoRub (or other mentholateum)
Tucks Witch Hazel Pads
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (along with A&D Ointment one of the best treatments available for diaper rash or any other irritation in sensitive areas)
Birth Control and Condoms
Tampons and Menstrual Pads
Monistat (Yeast Infections)
Epsom Salts (if you’ve never soaked tired feet in Epsom salts you’re missing out)
Packets of Electrolyte solution (they turn water into Gatorade) to combat heat exhaustion or dehydration such as can come from diarrhea
Abreva/Carmex (Cold Sore Medication--Zinc Oxide, Aloe Vera, Vanilla Extract, Witch Hazel, Peroxide and even Vaseline petroleum jelly can help)
Apple Cider Vinegar (another product with a multitude of uses)
Potassium Iodide (radiation blocker)
Toothbrushes and toothpaste (c’mon, good oral hygiene is a necessity when you lack dentists)
Other Vitamins: B-12, B Complex, C, D-3, as well as Calcium
Any medication you and your family need including Epi-Pens
This little list would get you started--thank God you’re bugging in, right? It won’t handle major traumas where you’d need IV rigs, blood transfusions or (shudder) bone saws and rib cutters but it’s a good beginning for your bug-in trauma center.
Overall Health and Fitness
I’m in my sixties and since I spend a good part of my day parked on my behind in front of a computer (writing) I’m overweight. I’ve been trying to lose weight for more than two years now and have met with limited success. I’ve lost some but not enough to satisfy me. Did I mention I’m Type II diabetic and that the most common side effect of my diabetes medications is weight gain? It’s almost enough to make me believe all those Big Pharma conspiracy theories.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Eat less and exercise more. I’ve actually done pretty well at eating less but the exercise more has been an uphill battle. I spend two or three hours every day out in the gardens where I’m planting, weeding, watering, harvesting or making more raised beds. I also do some digging--as in using a rock bar to create holes in our “ground” if I’m putting in fruit trees or helping my wife with a new flowerbed. It is a lot of work/exercise but evidently, at least according to my somewhat sanctimonious scale, not enough. (I swear the thing smirks at me).
In the fall, winter and spring months I hike at least a mile a day but again, it’s not enough. And in the summer time the garden hogs my early morning hours so I can get done before the heat smacks me like a bug hitting a windshield. Of course I garden year round--one of the things I like best about Arizona--and the seven months of the year it isn’t hot I have plenty of time for hiking and gardening.
But enough about me.
You’re probably smart enough to have either remained fit or joined a health club. I certainly hope so, for if you’ve let yourself go like me we will both be in for a rude awakening when TSHTF and we aren’t fit enough to do the work required to survive.
So, if you are fit, for God’s sake stay that way. And if you’re not and don’t get fit before TSHTF you’ll probably end up a statistic, i.e. dead.
The following is for those who are overweight like me and know they need to do better. It is a plan I developed and implemented only three weeks ago and it has resulted in me losing more weight and feeling better than I have in a long time.
Step one was to start logging every bite of food I eat (and being brutally honest about it). I use a website called www.myfitnesspal.com
and I like it as it helps me to eat less since I can see how many calories and carbs each item is adding to my waistline.
Step two is to walk/hike at least one mile per day no matter what. It’s too hot is no longer an excuse. I just get started well before the sun comes up so I have time for my gardening chores too. A couple of side benefits to this are my endurance is getting better and my Weimeraner loves going with me. Plus I sweat a lot, which somehow helps, right?
Step three (for me at least) is to join a health club with an Olympic-sized pool. I used to swim a mile a day and that really melted weight off of me and toned me up, so I decided to resume the practice and the pool is indoors so no “too hot outside” problem.
Step four, if you’re diabetic, is to stop or seriously reduce, your consumption of white foods. White bread, rice and/or potatoes will seriously mess up your A1C if you fail to eliminate them from your diet.
Now there are some notable exceptions to this last rule. When I bake blueberry zucchini bread, for example, I use white sugar and white flour. My wife hates whole wheat anything so I don’t use it and I figure the detrimental effects of white sugar and flour are offset by the healthful benefits of zucchini and blueberries. Right? So far it doesn’t seem to have harmed me.
Stocking up on Antibiotics
I know some farmers and ranchers who never buy antibiotics from pharmacies when they get sick. They just go to the local feed store and get horse pills--literally. Turns out the antibiotics used for horses are the exact same kind and purity used for humans. You just have to adjust the dosage unless, of course, you weigh 1200 pounds.
The same goes for most fish antibiotics and even those for large dogs. Your local pet store will have fish “pills,” usually in powder form. You just have to know what kind of antibiotic you need.
I’m allergic to penicillin so I avoid any ‘cillin type drug. But Erythromyacin works fine. Zithromax,
Ciproflaxin (Cipro) and Levoflaxin (Levoquin) are also available as fish antibiotics. The normal dosage is 250mg but you can get “forte” dosages of 500mg.
Cephalexin or Keflex is called Fish Flex. Folks who are allergic to penicillin have roughly a 10% chance of reacting badly to Keflex. I tolerated it just fine until I became diabetic and then I had to stop using it since it does not react well with the metformin I take for diabetes. It’s used to treat upper respiratory tract infections, skin infections and urinary tract infections.
Fish-Flox is Cipro but you should research cipro thoroughly since it has major or moderate reactions with 710 other drugs. Oddly enough it works fine for me and doesn’t react with any of my diabetic meds. Weird, huh. It’s recommended for treatment of, among other things, urinary tract infections and, of course, Anthrax.
Fish-Mox is Amoxicillin. Used with other meds for ulcers and also before medical or dental procedures to prevent heart infections--especially for those who have had rheumatic fever.
Fish-Cillin is Ampicillin. Treats Flu, Gonorrhea, E. Coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Streptococci and some strains of Staphlococci.
Fish-Penn is Penicillin. All sorts of bacterial infections including ear infections.
Fish-Sulfa is Sulfamethoxazole or trimethoprim. Treats gram positive infections such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s), ear infections, Staph, Broncitis, Shigellosis, and Traveler’s Diarrhea. Again, for me, it reacts with Metformin. Too bad.
Fish-Cin is Clindamycin which is useful for those of us allergic to penicillin. It’s also used to treat serious problems such as bone, dental and vaginal infections.
Fish-Zole is Flagyl (Metronidazole) and is used for non-yeast bacterial vaginal infections, other GI infections as well as those of skin, joints and respiratory tract.
All of these antibiotics have interactions with other drugs so research them carefully before you use them. And as for me, I’ll continue to use regular prescription antibiotics from my doctor until TSHTF at which time necessity may dictate the use of Fish or Horse antibiotics.
Here is a link to an excellent article on veterinary medications humans can use.
One further word about urinary tract infections. Check out the Ladies section at the American Prepper’s Network. Tons of good info there.
You should check out their first aid and medicine thread too.
Caring for Your Teeth
Surely you realize by now that caring for your teeth is imperative. I mean, aside from the poor social and health aspects of rotting and missing teeth, who wants to end up looking like a broke down hockey player?
Besides, oral surgery after TSHTF will be decidedly unpleasant (and yes, I do occasionally resort to understatement--think screaming meemees).
So I heartily advise you to stock up on toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash and every other type of dental hygiene product you can think of, even Polident or some such cleanser if you have false teeth.
I’ll freely admit that every toothpaste I’ve tried triggers my gag reflex so I don’t use any. The mechanical action of the toothbrush, plus flossing and some mouthwash seems to work just fine.
I seem to recall using baking soda or sometimes just salt on a toothbrush when I was younger but I haven’t tried it in decades. I’m sure it works just fine but it definitely lacks appeal to me.
The important thing, no matter how you do it, is to take good care of your teeth. The alternative is poor health in general and misery that is truly terrible to contemplate.
That’s about all the health/medical supplies/first aid/trauma care information I have to impart so I’ll see you next month when we’ll discuss “Other Necessities.”
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