An Important Part Of Prepping – Your Health
As 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.
Goodbye for now Mom.