This is the second half of the blog post on health/medical. You will find videos/podcasts, instructions, and other information on the subject this week.
How To Wash Your Hands:
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: First Aid Kits
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: How to Clean a Wound
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: Using Adhesive Wound Closures
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: Applying a Sling
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: Treating Abrasions at the Scene
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: How to Treat a Strained Muscle
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: How to Treat a Bee Sting
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: How to Stop the Bleeding
Treating Minor Injuries with Basic First Aid: How to Treat Blisters
Basic First Aid: Tips for Calling 911
Basic First Aid:Controlling Bleeding
Basic First Aid: How to Create an Anatomical Splint
Basic First Aid: Treating Blistering Burns
Basic First Aid: Treating Chemical Burns and Victims of Electric Shock
Basic First Aid: How to Treat Burns
Basic First Aid: Checking the Pulse, Breathing & Airway
Basic First Aid: Using Rubber Gloves to Treat a Patient
First Aid for Splints & Bleeding Wounds : How to Use a Tourniquet
I am going to stop here. There are many, many more videos on first aid at YouTube. Make sure you practise your new skills.
The Humanure Hacienda - Humanure Compost Bins
Starting a New Humanure Compost Pile
Emptying Humanure Toilet Receptacles
Humanure Compost Bin - Active Side
Washing Your Hands:
Turn on the water. Warm water that is a comfortable temperature for you is the best.
Get the soap on your hands. Don't worry if the soap isn't antibacterial. Any soap works, even the cheap stuff.
Rub your hands together. Lathering up your hand (lots of soap bubbles) for about 30 seconds. Count from 1 to 30, sing Happy Birthday, twice, any way you want but rub your hands together for 30 seconds.
As you wash your hands, wash between your fingers and under your finger nails.
Rinse the soap off.
Dry your hands, and turn the water off with your towel.
The hardest part is to remember to turn the water off with the towel. The reason for turning the water off is because you just turned the water on with your dirty hands.
Obtaining the U.S. Army First Aid Manual
Go To http://www.train.army.mil/
Click On (It is green, top left corner)
Public Access to Reimer Digital Library (RDL)
Click On (Make the Dot Turn Blue)
Official Departmental Publications
Under Type:Click On (Turn it Blue)
Under School:Click On (Turn it Blue)
You are looking for FM 4-25.11 First Aid
If you click on the little anchor, all the way to the right of the page, it will take you to the .pdf download page for this manual.
Click On (It is green)
FM 4-25.11 (2,398KB)
The manual should start to download
You might want to download the two other manuals while you are there.
FM 21-10 Field Hygiene and Sanitation
FM 4-25.12 Unit Field Sanitation Team
Obtaining Prescription Medicine:
Prescription medication is controlled for several reasons. One reason, it can be used by druggies to get "high." Another reason for prescription medicine being controlled is because it can do great harm if used improperly. There are other reasons, but I'm not going to discuss them, here.
Now, one way to get prescription medication is to explain to your doctor why you want the extra medication for your current condition. You have a heart condition, and you think it would be a good idea to have a 90 day supply, just in case.
Another way would be for you to discuss with her that you are a survivalist, (Don't use the word survivalist; to many negative connotations. Try preparing for a long-term emergency, instead.) and you would like to have some antibiotics on-hand, just in case. You might even offer to have her store the antibiotics for you in her office.
Another method is to use drugs designed for animals. This way is starting to be/has been closed, so you may need to get a veterinarian to sign a prescription for you.
Another method is to buy them from oversea/out of country pharmacies. Be careful, there have been reports of scams. The buyer gets sent fake, ineffective, or even deadly fake drugs.
One report I saw, talked about a pharmacist receiving antifreeze as cough syrup. Another received a toxic chemical as an anti-malarial drug.
Don't, Do Not, Never take less then the medication that your doctor has prescribed. The antibiotics have been designed to be taken in the amount and the time indicated by your doctor. If you take less or stop before you are suppose to, you can cause the disease you are fighting to get stronger.
This has been happening with tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases.
What to do with your Poop:
During an emergency, you may lose the ability to flush your toilets.
There are several ways to deal with this problem. One way is to have extra water to place in the tank. Filling the tank will allow you to flush the toilet. You can even cause the toilet to flush by adding extra water to the toilet bowl; however, you may not be able to do either, if the sewer lines are broken.
If you are out in the woods, you can use a method used by many military forces. It is called a cathole. A cathole is a 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide hole dug in the ground. You squat over the hole and poop. Once you wipe your butt, the paper goes in the hole, and the hole is covered.
If you have a folding shovel, you can rest your butt on the blade of the partially folded shovel.
Another way is to buy a port-a-potty. These come in a variety of styles. One style is a seat with a plastic bag. Another style is a 5-gallon bucket with a snap-on toilet seat. Another style is the portable toilet.
The portable toilet is good for a few days maybe even a few weeks. You will need to store water (non-potable is ok), the fluid that the toilet uses, and toilet paper.
Don't forget water to wash your hands! You will need soap and water. The hand sanitizers are not as effective as soap and water.
If you don't have a lot of money, you can poop in a plastic shopping bag and pee in a large mouth bottle. The poop is covered with sawdust, shredded paper, or other absorbent material. The bag is loosely tied shut and placed in your outside trash can. The trash can lid is placed tightly on the can. The pee is poured on your garden.
If the emergency continues for a long time, you may need to build an outhouse. Basically, you build a small building over a deep hole.
If you don't like that idea, try this one.
There is a group of people that advocate using human poop as fertilizer. There is even a book written about it called The Humanure Handbook. It can be downloaded for free.
This idea could be adopted for use in a long-term emergency.
There are more methods, but I am stopping here. If you would like more ideas, do an internet search about poop!
Sanitation and Hygiene During an Emergency
Portable Camp Toilet:
Honey Bucket Style:
VISA 268 Portable Toilet:
Want a Great Garden? Pee On It!
Think Green-Urine for Fertilizer
Outhouse-Frequently Asked Questions
The Humanure Handbook