An Important Part Of Prepping – Your Health

praying-and-kneeling-manAs preppers we often complain about our government and our health care system. As preppers we are working toward becoming self-sufficient on a daily basis. As I write this I am sitting in the ICU waiting room for the second day in a row. As I sit here I can’t help but think about how my mother would not be alive right now if she were not getting 4 different heart squeezing medication and 3 different antibiotics administered to keep her blood pressure up and her heart rate down, and how many machines and electricity it is taking to accomplish this.

My mother is the typical prepper in every aspect other than she wouldn’t know what a prepper was if it wasn’t for me telling her. To her it is just what you do. As she says “if you need to label something to realize it is important you are stupid” I guess that makes me a stupid prepper.

As I sit here waiting and praying I can’t help but think about all of these machines and antibiotics and how this would not be an option in a SHTF scenario. As amazing as my mother is, and as much as she has worked at being as self-sufficient as she could her entire life, I can’t help but think that we let her down.

Our family is incredibly bull headed (we get this from my grandmother’s side of the family.) But because of my mother’s “bullheadedness” she failed to realize one of the most important aspects of prepping, your health. And because of her stubbornness, and our tendency to say “you can’t tell that woman anything” we let her get to this point.

We are still not out of the woods yet, but if it were not for the medications and the machines we would not be where we are today. And because of this I can’t help but think “what would we do if none of this was around?” Well the answer is pretty obvious. The point is that none of this had to become an issue, none of this would be happening if we would have taken the proper steps and told her “I don’t care what you want…we’re going to the doctor.” Your personal health is just as, or more important than anything you have in your bug out bag or any firearm you own. If your body gives up on you, that’s it.

Her problem started with a simple bladder infection that did not get taken care of and she became septic (her blood is poisoned) something that could have and should have been taken care of before it became the issue it is today. Our health is not only important to our survival, but to our family’s survival as well. We become a liability on our family if we take our health for granted.

God willing my mother makes it through this, and the way I need to prepare has changed. I will not let my mother go to some shady nursing home and be treated as just another old lady; she will be living with me before that ever happens. And because of this my prepping dynamics have changed. Not only is it my responsibility to care for her and make sure she is a healthy as possible because she is my mother and I love her, it is my responsibility for the protection of my family, and she will be a part of this household.

The point of this is not to tell you how to prep with an elderly or physically impaired person in the family, I’m not even sure if I am going to hit publish when I am done with this. If I do I hope at least one person will take this to heart.

The point is, don’t take your health for granted and don’t be so damn stubborn that you let things go. If you don’t take care of yourself now, you might not be able to later. If you don’t worry about your health now there might not be a hospital bed waiting for you with the highly skilled medical staff you need.

All I can do is sit here and wait and pray that I get the opportunity to have my mother around a little bit longer, and pray I get the opportunity to adjust my plans and strategies because she is living with me. Sometimes it is easy for us to take our health for granted because most of the time we get through it without even thinking about death. But the reality is, if we don’t prepare ourselves, and we become a liability, we are letting our family down.

My mother and grandmother are the reason I am the “prepper” I am today. I still remember her scary basement which was basically a hole under her house, no walls… just dirt, shelves full of mason jars filled with who knows what, gallons and gallons of water and even some shotgun shells loaded with rock salt (to scare animals off, that’s what she told me anyway) To me it was a dungeon; to her it was storage and just what people did.

This was a way of life for my grandmother because she lived through the depression and she knew how everything could be gone in the blink of an eye. I feared my grandmother almost as much as I respected and loved her, on one side she didn’t take crap from anyone, on the other she had a heart of gold, but one thing you could be sure of…she would be respected or you would feel her wrath.

My mother got all of these traits that my grandmother had, and as a result became the matriarch of the family when my grandmother passed in 1990. But as wonderful as my mother is, she got the bullheadedness too.

It doesn’t matter how strong we think we are, if our body is telling us something, we need to listen. Because we are able to rebound from injury and sickness so often we take for granted that it only takes one thing to go wrong on the inside to cause a chain reaction that lands us in the hospital.

As preppers we need to pay as much attention to our health as we do to what supplies we have stockpiled or what we have in our bug out bag. The dynamics of prepping revolve around your family makeup and the health of your family. Like is said, there might not be a hospital bed waiting for you so pay attention to your health and take advantage of the healthcare system while you can.

Love you Mom, we’re praying for you.

rest in peace Jodi HallMy mother passed a few hours after I wrote this post. Her little body could not take all of the medication long enough for the antibiotics to do their job.

Goodbye for now Mom.






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    12 replies to "There will not be a hospital bed waiting for you"

    • Practical Parsimony

      Actually, our health is the greatest resource we have. What we can overcome in youth talks a higher toll as we age. I am so sorry she is having to go through this. But, I am confused by the RIP. Did she die?

      • Dale

        My mother passed shortly after I wrote this. Sorry about the confusion.

        • Practical Parsimony

          I am so sorry. I feared as much. Some people say “just a bladder infection.” I almost died from a bladder infection that spread to my kidneys and caused a 106 F temp for three days.

          • Dale

            I am sorry, I should have been more clear. They were trying to keep her heart going long enough for the antibiotics to take hold. Her heart rate was around 150 for two days in a row (a normal heart rate is about half that) and it just couldn’t take it. When I wrote this she was actually making progress with the infection and I felt like it might turn out ok but it was just too much stress on her heart.
            She will be missed, but she would also kick my butt if I were sitting here doting over her…so I better get back to life as usual (easier said than done) because I have a feeling she still could. 🙂

    • Andrew

      My best to you on the loss of your mother. Give your family all a huge hug from my family.

      • Dale

        Thanks you Andrew, It’s not farewell forever, just goodbye for now.

    • Paul

      Our condolences on your loss. I think this is a very important post that all preppers should read and take in.

    • Nurse Jon

      Firstly, sorry for your loss.

      The reality of our health care system is that it fails. The US has the most expensive system in the world and it ranks in the 70s for quality.

      My switch to holistic nursing opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. Among them, the improved outcomes using very common things around us.

      The first thing used, the Water Cures Protocol. It requires unprocessed sea salt dissolved in the mouth. Then drink a glass of water. The formula is 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water.

      For UTI’s, the protocol is baking soda, dissolved in the water.

      This is actually an old treatment found in medical books predating many of the antibiotics we have in modern medicine. It works in less than 12 hours.

      One of the biggest issues will be water.

      For over 70 different diseases or conditions, water can play a role in helping end the disease or condition.

    • Leslie

      Hi Dale,

      So sorry to hear about your loss. It takes a lot of strength in such a situation to express your experience so candidly.

      I can attest to the fact that health & wellness of the body is one of, if not the biggest thing we all must remember in our lives in addition to preparing for SHTF scenarios. I myself have been exploring different all-natural remedies & immune boosting supplement that will not only help me when the time come, but will help strengthen it over time.

      I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it or not but one of the greatest and most scientifically proven aids I’ve been recommended is called d-Lenolate by a company called East Park Research ( I can’t even express how much this has greatly improved most of the chronic conditions I truly believed would be with me until the end. The best thing is it strengthens your immune system over time so you really are prepared for anything

      Just wanted to pass this along, since it has helped me and my family so much!

      I hope you and your family all the best.

      God Bless.

      • Dale

        Thank you very much Leslie.

    • Jonathan Steele RN

      There is a curious passage in the Bible….better the day of ones death than the day of ones birth. There are numerous things to glean from this but Dale touche on one of the most important.

      When we loose a loved one, there and our loss can help us to live a better life, appreciate what we have and not take for granted the more important things. Likewise it can help us prepare for a better future.

      Your loss has proved that true, not only for your family, but in what you have shared for all to read.

      At the end of the day, of all the money or material goods we may have amassed, one of the greatest and perhaps second most important wealth factor we can have is our health.

      As a nurse, both in the hospital setting and in Hospice, I have seen my share of death. Many have died in my arms as I held them. Evert time it happens, it reinforces in me the resolve to do what Dales says…we have to take care of our health now to have the best possible life in the future, what ever may happen.

      So thank you for this poignant reminder about the more important things in life.

    • Dale

      Thank you all for your words of encouragement and advice. I have no doubt I will be with her again.

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