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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #11

The birthday celebrations are over and the hungry neighbors are taken care of, it's been a long day and you're ready for bed.  You and your family are going through your nightly routine and open your night time medication bottles.  What do you find? An empty bottle, an almost empty bottle ... what?   How are everyone’s medications holding up? Does everyone still have their needed meds? If not, how are you handling it? What are you doing?


During your getting ready for bed routine, you notice you have several mosquito bites and they are itching.  You must have gotten them while you were outside during the day as there is still water standing in several areas. How are you dealing with the mosquito bites, the itching?   What are you going to do to prevent getting any more in the next several days?
patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


16 comments:

  1. I have never been able to figure this problem out to my satisfaction. Because I have some medical issues, I am on several medications. The most critical one is my insulin for diabetes. I do have a little extra medicine on hand at all times, but I can only get one month's supply each month. So, hopefully, this disaster happened right after I'd filled everything. Otherwise, I'd have to be super, super careful with what I ate so that the problem didn't get too bad until I could get more, but frankly, I'd be in a world of hurt without my meds. Sad, but true. The only thing I could do would be to exercise constantly and eat very little to try to keep those sugars lower, but the would still be way too high. So, clearly, that situation would be in God's hands. I would need to trust Him to send the help I needed in time, and to help me and protect me until it came. Sometimes, that's all you can do. I think, for me, it's important for me to realize that as a human, I can do all I can, but in the end, God is still in control. I know that everyone does not share the same faith as I have, but my faith is very important to me and I know it would help me through this situation as it has through many, many other real ones I have experienced.

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    1. Becky, I totally agree, when we've done all we can, the rest is in God's hands. I don't think God wants us to sit on our hands and do nothing and wait on someone to rescue us if there's something we can do, I do however, sincerely believe that when we've done all we can, if it is His will, then He will make a way. The way He makes might not be our preferred way, but He will make a way.

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  2. Medications are going to be a problem for us. In fact, I was already thinking about this before you asked. My daughter takes a few medications for behaviour issues as she is Autistic and has ADHD. A couple are controlled. This means we cannot get more until only a few days before the last script is almost gone (no requesting an extra script from the Dr either). There's nothing we can do about running out of medication at this point. What I would probably do is try to cut the medication in half when they got low and we realized this emergency might go on for a while. Some is better than cutting off cold turkey. The exception is the time released capsule my daughter takes. Can't cut that one in half, unfortunately. Once her meds are gone, or we are cutting them down, we will be dealing with some pretty interesting behaviours at our house, on top of the stress of no hydro. Lucky us!

    My mom takes meds as well. She could probably cut hers in half to make them last longer. Again, better to have some than nothing at all!

    I had gastric by-pass surgery and must take vitamins every day. Thankfully, I always have lots as I buy them in bulk. I should be fine for several weeks with what I have in the cupboard.

    Mosquitoes are a part of life in the summer here. We have bug repellent that we can apply if they are a problem. Otherwise, we put up with the itching until it settles down. Not too worried about dealing with this inconvenience. We'll survive!

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    1. Rhonda, mosquitoes are a part of life here too, but after a hurricane they really get bad! I'm pretty sure that any of us who take medications would be facing the same supply problem as you described. I just know know a way around it!

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  3. I have extra asthma medication for myself. We don't seem to have the limits that I am hearing about here. Of course unless your work insurance covers you, you will be paying for them yourself. Mosquitoes aren't a huge problem here, so I never use or have repellent in the house. I'm going to look up natural repellents that I might have the ingredients to make. I wonder if they work?

    Marney

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  4. My summer fragrance is Avon's Skin So Soft, as I always put on body oil after a shower due to severe dry skin and our hard water seems to make it worse. Skin So Soft also seems to protect me from mosquito bites as well. They will land on me but they don't bite. I remember using SSS since the early 70's. I keep several large bottles on hand because I'm always afraid it will get discontinued.

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    1. Lace, I have heard of others having success using SSS as a repellent for mosquitoes, unfortunately for me it seems to draw them to me even more!!! It's good that you've found something that works for you!

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  5. Also, I should have added something about my prescription meds. My insurance will allow refills after the 21st day of the 30 day supply. Be refilling my meds on the 22nd day, I have been able to slowly build up a reserve against emergencies!

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    1. Lace, it's good that your insurance will allow that, sadly, many want.

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  6. Deet Free "Buzz Away Extreme." Can get it at any co-op of health food store. Works great. The primary ingredients are castor oil, geranium oil, soybean oil, cedarwood oil, citronella oil, peppermint oil, and lemongrass oil. Other ingredients are "inert" but include coconut oil and wintergreen oil. Maybe it would be a great idea to grow citronella family flowers and geraniums around ones property as well mint, and maybe a couple of cedar trees (if they will grow where you live.)

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    1. I'll have to see if I can find 'Buzz Away Extreme.' We already have some pretty massive cedar trees on our property and grow mint but will look into your other suggestions. Thanks!

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  7. All my meds and hubby's as well are on 90 day refills. So we usually have plenty on hand. So we should be OK till this emergency is over.

    Aren't mosquitoes a pain? We have them pretty bad here and I'm sure after a hurricane they will be a lot worse. We would be dumping out any standing water around our place and if it was water we needed to keep we would be covering up the containers to keep the mosquitoes out. We have plenty of screening that we could use to make covers for the water containers we need to keep full. As for the itching of the bites we have plenty of alcohol on hand which will take care of the itching and I always have a tube of anti-itch type cream on hand.

    ShelliaJean

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    1. ShelliaJean, mosquitoes get really, really, really bad after a hurricane because of the massive amounts of standing water that you just can't do anything about. I do believe that you are one prepared lady!

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  8. No one in our home is on prescription drugs and we still have plenty of Tylenol and aspirin.

    I usually don't use medicine on mosquito bites. Sometimes, I'll use a paste of baking soda and water on them. If the itch gets very bad, we do have a couple tubes of Benadryl cream that we keep on hand for ant bites (my mom and I have reactions to them and they are much more common here than mosquito bites).

    -Susan O.

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    1. Susan, we have fire ants here too and they are a problem for sure. Between the fire ants and the mosquitoes, we've got our hands full!!!

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  9. We usually have 2 months meds in the house, but when this emergency started, I started taking the full dose one day and a half dose the next. I did check this out with my doctor, who said that as I've been on them so long I would be ok doing this. Otc meds need topping up when we get chance.
    Mozzie bites are a pain, we have benadryl liquid & tablets and also anti biotic cream as I get a reaction to mozzies

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