Six Tips to Preparing for Random Medical Emergencies

Random Behavior

Random Medical Emergencies are Commonplace!  

As a surgeon working with people with cancer, I hear certain themes frequently I’d rather forget. Stuff I try and tuck away in the back of my mind far from sight. Among the most disturbing is the common reflection: “Doc, whatever it is that finally get’s you… you’ll never see it coming.” If you’re reading this article, I bet you too have seen this principle play out in the real world. And when you see a random disease sneak up and clobber a close friend, aren’t you stunned with disbelief? I still am.

But there’s a reason for our surprise.

Since our earliest school days we’ve been marinating in a brine of outdated science that preaches: for every effect there’s a cause. We’ve been taught the world can be broken down into simple parts, and once this is done, it can be easily understood. We’ve been sold a universe made of space and billiard balls; simple systems crashing into one-another in predictable and destine patterns.

The problem is – complex systems often behave in a random fashion – and the world and human behavior are both complex systems. Preparing for “billiard ball cause and effect” in you medical preps is great, but it will only get you so far. You also have to prepare for random and unpredictable stuff. But you can’t possibly try to prepare for every random medical emergency that might pop up. Even hospitals have difficulty doing that. Remember that Ebola outbreak last year, the first one in America, the one at that Texas hospital? Case in point. They got caught with their scrubs down!

So if randomness is the rule, and not the exception, how can you prepare for it?

Predicting Behavior

Instead of trying to prepare for every possible random medical emergency… you’ll want to focus on preparing for things that make you the most uncomfortable.

#1 Prep for Nausea

Few things make a person as miserable as nausea, and many random medical conditions cause the sensation. So the smart money is on preparing for nausea, not the myriad of conditions that cause it. Phenergan and Compazine are both anti-nausea medicines you’ll have to get from your doctor, but neither are drugs of abuse, so they’re usually easy to get scripts for. Then bring that prescription to the pharmacist, and ask them to give you the pills in a bottle that’s still sealed, and not in one of the brown-orange containers they’re usually dispensed in. This helps guarantee a longer shelf-life. Learn more about real medication expiration dates.

#2 Prep for Pregnancy

Not only does it happen, it happens more frequently during disasters! Now you might not get pregnant, but look around the neighborhood for a minute and you’ll see what I mean. There are other peoples kids out there doing what kids do. You’ll want over the counter urine pregnancy tests and prenatal vitamins. Don’t worry about buying special medical equipment for delivering babies. I’ve delivered over a hundred, and can tell you most of the time they come out just fine on their own. I’ve been told they’ve been doing that long before obstetricians were invented!

#3 Prep for Anxiety

You can use your imagination for this one.

#4 Prep for Pain

Here are some tips for dental and body pain.

#5 Prep for Parasites and Intestinal Problems

One medication, Vermox, takes care of most parasites in North America. The rest are usually killed by Flagyl (Metronidazole) which is available as the fish antibiotic “Fish Zole.” Giardia is a well know parasitic infection in North America and Fish Zole kills it.

And finally…

#6 Prep for People Bartering with Unfamiliar Medicines

It’s not inconceivable that when someone needs something and wants to trade for it, they’ll clean out someone else’s medicine cabinet, and bring you a bag of random half-filled prescription bottles. But if you don’t know what those medicines are used for, you won’t be able to determine their value to you. For instance, if you had one bottle labeled “Oprexa,” and another labeled “Opana,” you’d want to know which of those two is worth its weight in gold. And if you were given a high cholesterol medicine as a potential trade… well, those are about useless. Any small reference drug handbook will help you with this, but I’d recommend the Monthly Prescribing Index. Not only are they concise, but doctors get them free once or twice a month, and then throw them out. So next time you’re in your physician’s office, remember to ask them for an old copy.

Medicine Reference Book

After all, free is the best price for any prep!

To learn more about medical preparedness and fish antibiotics click on the book image below.

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  • RalphP

    Meclizine would be beneficial for treating the first 4 of the 6 conditions listed, and it’s available OTC.

    It treats nausea, and can be used to prevent it when caused by vertigo, and is a first-line treatment for morning sickness due to pregnancy. It’s also a mild sedative which may be helpful for treating anxiety (especially when combined with alcohol). It also potentiates the effects of opioid based drugs, allowing you to get the maximum analgesic effect out of what’s likely to be a very limited amount of scheduled drugs available.

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