Preppers are concerned about scenarios that can prevent access, such as weather extremes (hurricanes, ice storms, blizzards), civil unrest (riots, curfews), EMP, TEOTWAWKI, or pandemics/disasters, which can swamp the medical system. When illness or injury strikes, you will not have the time or inclination to read books or articles. I, therefore, propose the use of medical action sheets, and I want to share a few of those that I have written. In truth, I have given binders of these to my loved ones with the caveat that they use them only in a genuine situation as listed above and if I am unavailable to help them. As you read these lists, remember that I am not prescribing and urge you to review any plans with your medical professional who will tailor medical action sheets to your specific medical needs, conditions, allergies, and abilities.
Last time we studied abscesses and shingles. Today, we’ll study medical action sheets for influenza, colds, and pneumonia.
Influenza is spread by viruses either via droplets (up to six feet away) or direct contact with objects. (Think door knobs, ATM buttons, ink pens, keyboards, et cetera.) The virus lives up to eight hours on surfaces, so wash hands frequently and wear a mask/eye shield when caring for flu patients. Remember that influenza hits hard and fast compared to a cold. You will experience fever, extreme fatigue, and painful body aches. You’ll feel like you’ve been hit by a truck, but don’t despair! There is a new, inexpensive over-the-counter treatment called the vitamin D3 “hammer” that can end the flu within 48 to 72 hours. So please consider giving this a try and see if it works for you. Our family has had success with it, so read details below. Just remember to stick to the dosage listed below for adults, as vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, as are vitamins A, E, and K, and overdosing can result in toxicity.
Medical Action Sheet- Influenza
Here is your medical action sheet for adults dealing with influenza.
For prevention, avoid the sick or wear mask/eye shields; wash hands often or use alcohol gel as alternative; chlorox wipe surfaces; wash dishes/utensils with soap and very hot water; get adequate rest, exercise, sleep, and nutrition.
Fast onset, fever, fierce fatigue, and body aches (feel like hit by a truck)
Our family’s best treatment is to take the vitamin D hammer ASAP!
Adults: Either a one-time 50,000 IU dose of vit D3 or 10,000 IU 3 times daily for 2 or 3 days. Do not exceed this amount. Rest. Drink fluids. Avoid other people for their sake and in order to not expose yourself to other germs when you are already ill. Take a fever reducer/pain reliever. Avoid aspirin if under age 20, due to Reye’s syndrome.
See your doctor if you are very sick (short of breath, chest or abdomen pain, confusion, et cetera), have other medical conditions/questions, or if news media indicates this is a flu needing prescription antivirals.
Overview on Colds
Colds are also caused by viruses and spread not unlike influenza, so prevention is similar. Pick a home remedy and start treating it immediately at the first suspicion. I list a few below and favor #1 or #2. Many other treatment options are listed on the Internet elsewhere.
Medical Action Sheet- Colds
Here is your medical action sheet on colds.
Relative to influenza, cold symptoms have a slower onset and include sneezing, stuffy nose, and sore throat.
Treatment instructions are to rest and drink fluids. If pregnant, try orange juice and chicken soup and not herbs, booze, or over-the-counter remedies without checking with your doctor first. Additional treatment options include:
- Hot toddy: 1 oz booze + 8 oz warm juice. Sip slowly to bathe throat. Don’t overdo.
- Cider vinegar-honey-cayenne-lemon: 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar with mother (antiviral) + 4 Tbsp hot water + 1 Tbsp raw honey (antibacterial, antiviral) + 1 tsp cayenne pepper (anti-viral, anti-inflammatory) + lemon juice (vit C). Sometimes I’ve used just the raw honey and cayenne pepper to good effect. Remember, no honey for anyone under age 1 year. Take the remedy slowly and allow it to coat the throat.
- Garlic-honey-cayenne: 1 clove raw peeled garlic smashed and allowed to sit 15 minutes + 1 tsp honey + ½ tsp cayenne. Eat slowly 2 or 3 times per day. Continue until 1 or 2 days after cold symptoms are gone. It is said to be effective against strep throat, but I haven’t read any scientific studies verifying this claim. Over-the-counter medications that ease symptoms are anti-inflammatories (avoid aspirin under the age of 20), antihistamines, and decongestants. Avoid oral or nasal spray decongestants if you have glaucoma, urinary retention, or high blood pressure. Do not use nasal decongestant sprays more than a day or two due to the risk of rebound swelling.
Pneumonia can be due to virus, bacteria, or mycoplasma. In a hospital or medical facility, one can be exposed to germs and come down with more aggressive forms. Community-acquired pneumonia is contracted during normal life, especially if you are already run down by illness (cold, influenza), starvation, or have a predisposing medical condition. Suspect pneumonia if you are coughing and have a fever plus shortness of breath and or chest pain. See your doctor, if at all possible. Community-acquired pneumonia has a 30 to 40% fatality rate, which is even higher in the elderly who also may not exhibit the typical symptoms due to a weaker aging immune system!
Practice listening to normal lungs with a stethoscope so that you can identify abnormal or decreased breath sounds. Serious signs include rising respiration rates, dropping blood pressure, and dropping pulse oxygen. If the pneumonia is viral in origin, antibiotics will not help. If it is bacterial, an appropriate antibiotic is needed to fight the organism. What if someone has been walking around with a cough for three or more weeks and is gradually getting worse? Consider mycoplasma pneumonia.
Medical Action Sheet- Pneumonia
Below is your medical action sheet for adults.
Most common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased/abnormal breath sounds, fever, chills. Elderly people may not have fever, due to a weaker immune system, but exhibit confusion. Beware of rapid respirations (30 or more per minute), dropping blood pressure, or dropping oxygen levels. (Have an accurate pulse oximeter available.) Three or more weeks of gradually increasing coughing may indicate mycoplasma pneumonia.
Provide acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) 1000mg orally every 6 hours as needed for fever/pain.
For adults, if bacterial or mycoplasma pneumonia and patient is not pregnant, offer azithromycin 250 mg two tabs on day one. Then, give one tab on days 2-5, or doxycycline 100mg orally twice daily for 10 days. If bacterial pneumonia and pregnant, offer amoxicillin 500 mg orally every 8 hours for 10 days. Do not change antibiotics for the first 2-3 days, unless it is a life-threatening situation, as it takes that long to start improving.
Continue to monitor fever, fluid intake, lung sounds, respirations, and pulse oximetry. Keep records of these vital signs and time/day/amount of medications. Encourage the patient to sit, stand, deep breathe, and walk as soon as possible and as tolerated, as this speeds recovery.
Remember to always seek medical help for pneumonia!
Next Medical Action Sheets
Next time, we’ll study medical action sheets for “Tick Troubles New and Old”.
- 1- Medical Action Sheets, by K.B., M.D. – Part 1
- 3- Medical Action Sheets, by K.B., M.D. – Part 3 (Active on 12/28/18)
- 4- Medical Action Sheets, by K.B., M.D. – Part 4 (Active on 12/27/18)
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