My husband is prone to a pinched nerve in his back. While on vacation recently, it happened. Sometimes it’s just an inconvenience, sometimes it puts him out of commission for days. This time, it was the latter.
We were staying with friends, in a town we didn’t know, without a personal doctor, and without our medical storage that I could’ve helped him with. So we improvised. I ran to Walmart to get a cane, we ended up in a clinic for hours, amongst all the plague ridden folk (lots of people with colds and the flu), and got him fixed up best we could.
While it isn’t world ending, by far, had we had a cane in the car, and some of our meds and treatments that we have stored away for these instances, we wouldn’t have had to sit for hours in the clinic, and my husband could have had a little relief, a little sooner, and made our drive home a little easier on him.
We did survive without getting plague and the trip home wasn’t horrible since he had some stronger medication to help him on the trip, and it wasn’t the end of the world for it to have happened the way it did, but it made me realize there were some things that we missed.
Now, you can’t foresee everything that will ever happen to your family. Nor should you become so hyper-focused on trying to think of every possibility that may happen and worry yourself. But in this case, it’s a known issue, and we should have prepared for it a little better, especially since we were on the road.
Consider a Personal First Aid Kit
- If your kids play sports, do you have a first aid kit to help them if they are injured on the practice field when you don’t have medical help?
- Do you or your spouse work in a physical job where you are prone to injury?
- Do you care for a sick relative and need to make sure you have equipment or medical needs on the road?
- Do you have a basic first aid kit in the car for basic medical emergencies?
Think of these things that are common for your family, and try to make sure you have the things in your car kit/emergency kit that might make dealing with those issues a little easier in the short term until you can reach a comfortable place for treatment. Think of it like a personal first aid kit.
You also need to think about getting trained for those common ailments so that you can deal with things until emergency personnel can reach you. Be proactive. Prepare.
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