Today I want to talk about antibiotics. I will start with a HUGE disclaimer. I’m not a doctor or a nurse, I am just a mom and a grandma wanting to know things. LOTS of things. I read, research, email, and visit with doctors to get answers. Real answers. One of my biggest fears is what will we do as a family, city, community, or even a country if for some reason we are unable to get antibiotics. Please remember antibiotics are for bacterial infections, they do not work for viruses.
Just because we have those prescription refills available does not mean we will be able to get them refilled. If we have an unforeseen disaster in the area where we live and the roads are torn up and we can’t drive our cars, then what? We are so used to just hopping in our cars and driving anywhere we want to go.
I’ve talked about an EMP where most cars will not work if we have a major attack by shutting down our power grid, and so much more. Our country is not ready to survive a hit to the power grid. Please read “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel, then you will totally understand, no fiction in that book. We will have power outages, you get the picture.
Do I have a Hummer parked in my backyard, no? Have I thought about it, yes? I understand there are some older cars without electronics that will work if and when we have a grid down, and we will. No doubt in my mind. If there is a grid down, even if we have fuel, the majority of our vehicles won’t work because the inboard computers are toast and the cars will not work.
I am not trying to be gloom and doom today, but we need to have a plan, yes a plan. We might get a message on our phones or television, or we might not hear anything at all about the chaos in our community. A few months ago, Mark and I had some flash floods from rainstorms on our street. It’s really scary when you have zero control over the streets turning into rivers as a result of the heavier-than-usual rain.
Then we received an emergency alert message on our television. You know that beep, beep, beep sound telling us the emergency is in our area. Then our cell phones started beeping with the alert as well as our landline phones. I’m actually grateful for the message alerts.
Have Your Car Ready To Evacuate
Keep your gas tank filled 1/2 to 3/4 full or above.
Store water and food.
Have some flashlights by your beds.
My Prepper Doctor
Here are just a few items I learned from a really awesome friend who is a great doctor. He took the time to talk to me about antibiotics. I wanted to know which antibiotic we would need if we were to get sick and unable to meet with a doctor. He gave me some ideas and this is the first time I am sharing the entire list today. You know which of the antibiotics you are allergic to and aware of what you and your family can or cannot use.
Please note, I do not store Fish antibiotics.
Amoxicillin is good for strep throat, dental infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, and sometimes bladder infections.
Skin infections, staph infections, sinus infections, bladder infections, bronchitis, Sty (eye) infection, and other chronic health conditions.
Bladder infections and an Anthrax episode.
Please note, yes I have seen the Facebook article about the woman who used Cipro and had complications. Very sad story. I don’t know all the details, but I do know it is a good antibiotic for some people. It works great for me.
Strep throat, sinus infections, Bronchitis, and Tonsilitis.
Pneumonia, ultimate Diverticulitis medicine, and worst sinus infection.
Shelf-Life of Antibiotics
The doctor informed me that most antibiotics will last five to ten years beyond the listed expiration date. I am going to keep the prescribed antibiotics left over from sickness and try to build up a reserve for future use. That way if I get sick and can’t visit the doctor or clinic to get a new prescription I at least have prescribed meds in the house. The doctor told me about his experience during the Haiti earthquake disaster. He and other doctors went on a humanitarian mission in hopes they could make a difference.
They were able to take some antibiotics with them and were grateful they did since the hospitals and clinics ran out almost overnight. He realized that many victims would have lost limbs if not for the antibiotics they took along. Think about what you would do if someone in your family is cut really badly and they are getting a bad infection. You would have some antibiotics to tide you over until additional supplies become available, just some things to think about. What alternative medicines are we prepared to use?
You may be wondering how I get extra prescriptions. I asked my doctor for them, I do not run them through my insurance, I pay cash and they are 10% of the cost if I had run them through the Big Pharma Game. I do not ask for painkillers, let me make that clear. I finish ALL prescriptions I am prescribed when and if I need them. I also ask for a 90-day supply when possible.
I have knee replacements and cannot get any infection or I will die if it goes too far, therefore I can ask for some antibiotics. I also need them when I go to the dentist twice a year. My Orthopedic doctor requires me to use them for the rest of my life if I have any dental work, including cleaning my teeth.