Preparing to survive if the world turns to crap.
Rednecksurvivalist has a new sponsor, Camping Survival! Check out their ad on the right sidebar, will you? They have awesome stuff for good prices.
In the last post, I touched on the gross topic of how to handle diarrhea in the woods. Ultimately my suggestion boiled down to removing yourself from the area to prevent anyone else from getting sick and from drinking plenty of clean, disinfected fluids to prevent dehydration. Dehydration is a serious killer in the third world and it's something you need to prevent.
So here's the scenario. Just like last time, it's TEOTWAWKI, and you and a group of your favorite peoples have managed to escape the carnage of the slaughterhouse that will be the city and you've set up camp out in the woods. Things aren't bad for you. You have managed to find an old abandoned hunting cabin with a wood stove, bonus! You've brought with you some heirloom seeds and have set up a garden. You are canning, you have a variety of firearms and bows and are successfully hunting for meat. You have a variety of equipment and think you'll be able to survive in the long term.
Then one of you gets sick. Very sick. Deathly sick even. It seems to be some sort of respiratory infection, perhaps bronchitis. The sick person is coughing and hacking and sneezing up a lung like it's going out of style. What do you do?
Well, the first thing you want to do is to remove the person from the general vicinity. It seems kind of cruel, to be sure. Just remember that there are no doctors, or antibiotics, or disinfectants. There are no stores you can go get medicine. You have yourselves, what you brought with you, and what you can scavenge in the forest or in abandoned towns. You absolutely cannot afford to spread this amongst the the rest of you. If it's a warm season such as early fall, late spring or summer, move the sick person away from the camp. Perhaps to a tent or one of those dining shelters. Something that keeps the insects out and the sun off of them and they can be as comfortable as possible. If it's the winter, well, you might not be able to do that because they HAVE to be kept warm. That means keeping them in the main shelter with the wood stove. If that's the case, set them up in an area you can cordon off with some hanging blankets or sheets. You're hoping those catch most of the body fluid spray from coughing and sneezing so it doesn't get on anyone else.
Next, designate someone as care giver. The care giver should always wear something on their mouths. If you have those hospital style mouth coverings in your first aid kit, perfect. If not, make sure you have something around your mouth like a handkerchief or something. If you have gloves, wear those too.
Do your best to keep the sick person hydrated and fed. To the best of my knowledge, that's all you can do, unless you do have antibiotics. If you have multivitamins, try to get them to take it as having all the proper nutrients can always help the body fight off the infection.
Now, every time you are done visiting the sick person, you need to disinfect the mouth coverings and gloves. Clean them thoroughly, boil them if you can to disinfect them.
When the person recovers (hopefully they do), make sure they thoroughly wash themselves and thoroughly wash all their clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. Don't use or touch their shelter for a good while, hopefully whatever bacteria was attached to it from their coughing and sneezing dies out before you have to use it again.
And that's about all I have. I would imagine having a book that shows you local plants with healing properties wouldn't hurt either. As far as anything else, I'm really open to suggestion. Let's hear those home remedies that actually work if you have them, people!