The video posted by Patriot Nurse on March 27, 2013 “Pain Control In Disaster Scenarios” was excellent! [Editor note: here's the referenced video.] I am grateful that she shared her experience and input. Although I have no formal medical education, I do have some thoughts on this subject. I suffer from chronic, painful spinal conditions from parachute landings early in my career in the military. I take several anti-inflammatory and pain
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I recall a Doomsday Preppers episode last season where a lady had a room setup such that a sick family member or perhaps new visitor could be quarantined for days or weeks on end in the event they had a communicable disease, were suspected of having one, or you just didn’t want to take any chances.
For a long time I never worried about such a problem (as well as many other considerations such as radioactive contamination or EMP) because I felt the potential for such problems
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Dislaimer: This article was written by my wonderful wife, a Certified Practical Midwife (CPM), doula, and natural childbirth educator. That said, it should not be considered as medical or professional advice whatsoever. Please seek the counsel of a trained doctor or midwife in your area for childbirth assistance whenever possible.
I know most people today think a baby needs to be born in a hospital. Most Americans believe the hospital is the safest way to have a baby surrounded by all the “amazing” technology. The good news for preppers is that having a baby at home is a very safe alternative
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Most people are familiar with financial identity theft, but did you know that medical identity theft is becoming much more prevalent as well? Medical identity theft is when someone uses your insurance card or social security number to receive medical treatment in your name- and it’s not a small problem. In fact, according to the Bloomberg journal, it’s a “problem that may affect as many as 1.85 million people in the U.S. this year,”- that is an astounding number. The problem with medical identity theft is that it cannot be resolved with a simple phone call. The victim
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Preppers everywhere seem to constantly worry about medical emergencies like gunshot wounds, anaphylaxis, diabetes, heat stroke and more… and with good reason. While these emergencies are certainly ones to prepare for, I would suggest that it’s more likely to be the “lesser” medical issues that most people will have to contend with.
Although intestinal issues can actually become life-threatening in some cases (such as with an intestinal blockage) most of the time issues like constipation are nothing more than a significant discomfort. In a post-disaster / post-collapse / SHTF environment, on
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As preppers, we often think about getting through a disaster and being able to do it with some comfort and certainly without many needs. That’s the whole point of prepping, after all. What is rarely considered or even discussed among the prepping community, however, is the need to be ready for the mental aftermath of a disaster.
After all, a disaster (even if you’re not directly affected) is a traumatic event that WILL elicit a variety of normal emotional responses. In fact, you or loved ones may experience
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I can tell you right now that I know I don’t have enough gauze pads for a real emergency situation or grid-down scenario. And chances are that, unless you’re an ER doctor or sell gauze pads for a living, you don’t either.
While I like to think that I’m prepared because I have more first aid supplies than I know what to do with, gauze pads are a different story. Any nurse or doctor that regularly deals
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How well prepared do you think you are for a REAL medical emergency? Unless you’re an emergency room doctor (or medical professional prepper) I would assume the answer is NOT AT ALL!
While a basic first aid kit is certainly useful (every family should have one at home and in their bug out bags and vehicle kits), there’s more to real emergencies than just a few supplies. In fact, I’m not just talking about supplies, I’m really talking about your skills and knowledge as well.
For instance, do you have any idea of what to
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