One of the most difficult areas to develop personal resiliency is in the area of health care. Few of us feel adequately prepared to meet the demands of even minor emergencies. So, what happens when the support structure we count on is on longer available? The modern 9-11 system we depend on and the EMT response comes to us as a product of advances in medical evacuation developed in Vietnam. The medics who developed the techniques to keep wounded soldiers alive during a helicopter evac in Vietnam brought them to the civilian medical community after the war.
But, many of the things we now consider requiring a trip to an ER were once routinely dealt with at home, mostly because there were no other options. Developing sufficient skills and the knowledge to select the right quantity and type of medical supplies to keep on hand is fairly simple these days. For starters, if you have not attended a CPR and community first aid course, what are you waiting on? Second, there is a plethora of information available on the Internet. So, below is A plan you MIGHT use to increase your own resiliency. Modify as suits you.
1. Education. Go to a CPR/1st Aid course. Continue your education in the areas that interest you. You don’t have to be a future EMT to take community college EMT courses.
2. Resources. For starters, get basic anatomy and pharmacology books. Other good ones are Where There Are No Doctors/Dentists and the NOLS books.
3. Continue your education online. At the end of the article I will link some must read/listen to sites.
4. Basic kits. Every car should have a custom 1st aid kit. Not a cheapo off the shelf version, take some time to select items you know how to use and which cover the basics of Airway, Breathing and Circulation and common occurrences like insect bites, sunburn, upset stomach, etc.
5. Build your home kit as you develop skills. It should cover more advanced diagnostics and a broader range of illness/injury
6. Develop homeopathic remedies. There are a lot of very effective home remedies out there, with documented scientific effects. Get out there and start trying them, learn what works for you and in what dosages.
For further research:
Doc Bones and Nurse Amy run a fantastic website and do an amazing podcast. Check out their Youtube channel to see how to sew stitches.
This pegged thread is the BEST run down on modern medicine EVER!
Jack Spirko has done a number of podcasts on herbal remedies, explaining EXACTLY what the types of medical reactions are out there and different plants that bring about those reactions. Below are some of my favorites.
Dr. Kyle Christiansen interview:
Herbal Actions, Part 1 of 4: