Pandemic follow up

Looks like some very nasty diseases may overwhelm western health care systems.  It would not take much as most hospitals can be overwhelmed in a disaster and a lot of what the hospital does is simply support a patient until the body can fight off an infection.

I know there is a recommendation of keeping a victim and care giver isolated for about 2 months total in order for any symptoms to become apparent during the 2-21 day incubation period. Some things you might want to add to your kits you may not of considered.

Extra masks for the patient as well as the care giver: This is one I did not consider about masking the patient, though I do have masks on hand, I was only thinking of masking the care giver for about a week.  I think that might be overly optimistic. I think you could get by with using a cheaper dollar store cloth mask for the patient as they would need changing regularly and N95 mask for the caregiver.

Safety goggles of some sort to protect the eyes from any fluids.

Rubbing alcohol or bleach is spray bottles for disinfecting materials like goggles or protective clothing.

Barrier type clothing that can be disinfected. Even a cheap poncho or large trash bag cut as a poncho that could be trashed after a patient visit would be better than nothing.

Isolating a patient via a tent or a room with plastic tarps or duct tape and plastic. My house could be setup this way fairly easily with a changing area, bathroom and bedroom that could be blocked with a plastic barrier. I would set up a sanitizing bucket of bleach and a trash can with a tight lid for any “contaminated trash” that could be bagged or burned depending on the disease.

Doggie training pads: These are about the same items that hospitals use to catch fluids but are much cheaper. From what I have read about many of these new diseases dealing with fluid loss and cleanliness can be hard to keep up long term. These pads should help at least with keeping things clean as they are easy to change out.

Sheets and blankets: Time to hit the local 2nd hand store and yard sales for cheap cotton or flannel sheets depending on the time of year. These can be soaked in bleach which should kill any bugs/germs. Buckets/lids for used masks and gloves, a sanitizing bucket for protective items and then plain soap and water for cleaning up before and after entering the Isolation area.

Food and water: I’m thinking old fashioned of broths, stocks and even chicken soup. Add in Saltine or soda crackers and dry toast to support a person with diarrhea or nausea. Treat the symptoms, support the patient seems the best anyone can do overall. Adding things like ginger or home made electrolytes  to keep a person hydrated and reduce nausea, Aspirin, cough medicines that keep a patient comfortable is about the best a person can do.

Morale of the patient: Have books, puzzles, knitting ,movies, TV whatever you can do to keep the person’s spirits up. Food can be a big part of this as you give them whatever they can handle. Be honest but don’t let them see you giving up on them. This might be one of the few things I see good about texting as the can communicate though being isolated. This person needs human interaction and a local PC network set up for tablets, laptops and PC’s can make a patient not feel isolated. Give them a shortwave radio receiver or put them on news watch can make them feel valuable to survival and give them motivation to fight any disease. If the patient only see’s themselves as a drain on resources they may give up, simply to stop others from taking care of them!

Pets: From what I have seen most dogs and cats are not vectors of transmission. So allow the pets to see the patient and give them additional motivation of taking care of another creature if they can and let pets visit them.

You have a lot you can do and not be at the mercy of the PTBs or any disease. Now it will take a plan and a few supplies but anyone can take some simple precautions and have a backup plan to treat any disease.  Don’t panic you have time right now to plan ahead and be prepared.


5 Responses to Pandemic follow up

  1. Dannyboy53 says:

    Well thought out and put forth Jamie, thank you. This is a subject that is scary and just down-right intimidating to most if not all of us.But as you point out a plan and preparation will give us a head start.

  2. Jamie says:

    Dannyboy: I don’t think Ebola is much of a risk but If you are somewhat prepared and ready to setup a “sickroom” for it, every other nasty germ or bug should be easier to take care of in your home.
    What is great is most of the items are multi-taskers that you can use for all sorts of disasters.

    • Dannyboy53 says:

      Jamie I agree with you. We have a lot of different medical supplies stashed away and two CNAs in our group that had the major input in what was selected and put away. We have a lot of herbal or natural medicines for treatment so we are hoping to have all the bases covered!

      • Jamie says:

        Dannyboy: I wish we had a good nurse or Doctor as a resource. I’m probably above average for 1st aid but I know enough to know I don’t know enough.

        Things can change pretty quickly and getting some of the tools of any trade and at least learning new skills to use those tools can add to your chances of survival. I don’t think my survival is a given in fact I figure I’m at a high risk of not surviving given my handicap but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try and stack the odds in my favor every chance I get!

  3. Dannyboy53 says:

    Jamie it’s going to be a crap shoot of sorts! All we can do is continue looking to each other for ideas, guidance and support as we do on blogs such as yours. And as you say, take advantage of every opportunity we can. Mary and I will continue to prep as long as it is possible to do so, then simply roll the dice and deal with what comes next.

    I don’t believe most people realize (or even care) that this is bigger than any one of us. We are looking at either the resurrection or total extermination of a nation and the life and Liberty of her people. The choice is ours as individuals but the problems must be dealt with collectively.

    Changing gears now…we are going this afternoon to collect the ingredients for your pain salve if nothing else gets in the way! I will let you know the results asap.

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