The 7 Day Challenge: Day 2 (THURSDAY)

d27d

There has been an outbreak of the swine flu (or something like it) in your city, and you are ordered into quarantine in your home. (YESTERDAY’S LIMITATIONS DON’T APPLY, THESE ARE ALL NEW)

limits1

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants. Today is more of a “THINKING” day then “DOING” day
  • You can’t leave your house at all (if you have a prior commitment we understand, we both have something Thursday evening we committed to months ago!)
  • Some of your family members have been infected and have fevers/ stomach flus and need proper medication
  • You need to provide comfort foods to infected family members to make them feel better
  • You have used up ALL the toilet paper and paper towels in your bathroom and kitchen, you can only use what you have stored extra (wherever that may be)
  • The family members that have not been infected will stay healthy so long as they follow proper recommendations, meaning proper hand washing and sanitizing, and even wear face masks
    ADVANCED “FOLKS” (for anyone who feels up to it)

  • This is the 7th day or your quarantine, so ALL your fridge food is gone
  • You actually REALLY have to stay home – NO CHEATING!

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S LIMITATIONS AND TASKS WILL BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. How long would you have lasted under these conditions, would you be able to stay in your house for an extended amount of time?

Each day we will be giving away a prize that will be drawn randomly among all of that day’s participants (along with LOTS more prizes at the end).  *Click here to see who won the DAY 1 (Wednesday) PRIZE. To provide feedback on today’s challenge, do one of the following:7win

7face1
face723

ques71

To be filled out at the END of the day.

Remember this is for us all to learn so fill it out honestly!

[form 3 “Day 2 Questionnaire”]
  • Vicki Fisher

    I am pretty well-stocked, so that wasn't a problem. I did have to leave the house, I had promised my 5yo grandson I'd go to his soccer game. We were recently sick, just bad colds, but we got along just fine. One thing we also have that helps is Lysol spray disinfectant. We spray phones, doorknobs, computer keys, etc.

  • Whitney Kenney

    This was an interesting day. I felt really stir crazy in the house all alone by my self. My husband had to work a 17 hour shift today and was going to come home for a quick dinner, but realized that if he were to come home then he would be quarantined as well. I was grateful that we had a large supply of toilet paper, but realized we need to stock up on paper towels aside from what we keep in our pantry. I love being outside and doing things. When I'm cooped up in the house all day long, all I want to do is eat my comfort foods–bad idea. I need to branch out and find things in the house to do to keep my mind off comfort foods until we start having kids to keep me busy.

  • bonnie1967

    My family has been ill. So, it has been like it been for the last couple of weeks. I had to leave the house prior doctor appointment. Came home then left for a viewing. Other than that I stayed home taking care of the sick.
    I will have to get stock back up on the storage items.
    thanks this is been such a great experience

  • keating737

    I can't say we did the best job. I had to go out this morning for a prior commitment.
    So when i got back we started. I am in houston so we are already afraid of swine flue. we have tons of hand sanitizer but no masks. I have medicine but no stomach medicine for kids. Do they make stuff like that? I had chicken soup. I guess i should get some 7-up and always have popsicles for fluid. That might have helped if it was real.
    All in all this challenge is hard to feel until it is really happenening. i am sure just thinking hard about it helps as well.

  • I'm glad that a couple of years ago, I switched to family cloths, cloth napkins, cloth handkerchiefs, etc. Except for the family cloths, these are things my mom had to use because there weren't much by way of disposables available. But she used cloth diapers and washcloths to clean bottoms with. Washed and hung to dry.

    I use more “natural” medicines like vinegar to disinfect. It makes life simpler. I can buy a whole 100 count bottle of Acidophilus capsules for less than $20. at the health food store. I keep it in the fridge. When someone has tummy troubles, I give them 3 capsules. If they're not feeling better in about 15 mins, I give them 3 more. Because they are capsules, I can open them and mix it into applesauce and the babies will eat it. You can't overdose on it and it won't cause “the plumbing” to back up like so many of the commercial products can do. I babysat a 9month old girl who had been up all night with diarrhea. Her mom couldn't even get the 5 miles from her house to mine without having to change her again. I gave her one capsule poured into a tablespoon of applesauce. In 15 minutes, I repeated the “dose” and she didn't have any more trouble.

  • Cheryl Moore

    We have been sick at our house so today was pretty real. My doctor was out of the office anyway so I pulled out my essential oils. Then reality set in. I had no idea how to use them. By the time the day was over I had used them several times and several ways. I have more, much more to learn.

  • bradu

    Pretty easy day today,although in reality I had no kids throwing up or complaints. I know there are a lot of people getting the H1N1 and that would completely change every aspect of today. Looking forward to tomorrow and a new challange. Thanks for helping us get prepared.

  • frugalmemom

    Awesome challenge! While I had meds, I could of used a backup of each. And needed some otter pops. The kids ate them all a few days ago with the California heat. Overall, not bad.

  • Lynne Tolman

    This was one of those days that was relatively easy for me because I have done this before and know what to expect. I came home from the hospital with a new baby to four throwing up kids. I had plenty of comfort foods, mostly easy on the stomach food. I had chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, eggs, jello and 7-up. These lastedt for the time period that the illness lasted. I am glad we got the chance to do this because it is always a good reminder of things I could do much better. This whole exercise is a great experience. Thanks for taking me along for the expereince.

  • amberunfred

    Overall did pretty good on this one. Usually prepared with all sorts of med with 4 little kids. Greatful for this challenge, thanks for all the work you guys have put into this!

  • KimL

    The only problem I had with the challenge was I had to leave the house to pick up my son other than that we would have done quite well! I'm so glad we're doing these challenges, great learning experience! Sorry to hear that others are really going through this though 🙁

  • deanabushman

    Yes an easy day although we only have the elcheapo maks. Don' t know how well they would work. I do have all of the comfort foods that my family likes because otter pops and toast are staples in our house. But I do not have much on the soup end. I am a lot more prepared today than yesterday. I have most everything at home just not quite ready to leave my house though. My husband leaves for work by 4:30 adn when I told him what today was he said, “You mean I could have called into work today!” But we are blessed he still has a job and can work.

  • Jeanna

    We did OK with this. There are things we could have used more of but I did have some. Mainly paper towels and tummy meds. Stomach and diarrhea meds are not something we normally have anyway (I guess because we haven't had the flu in forever). I will be stocking up on paper products and more Sprite &/or ginger ale. While I had some of those items, they wouldn't have lasted but a couple days. My To Do List is growing!!

  • I shop once per month for the month so we are stocked up on food plus our food storage as small as it is. We were out of town until this afternoon however but we did not shop at all all day or leave the house once we got home visiting my mother we ended up staying in the car most of the time since it is a 2-2 1/2 hour commute each way. Hope tomorrow I will be able to be home all day to try this from the moment I get up!

  • denisesmith

    I loved doing this drill and feel really confident about being prepared for when the flu hits.

  • Vicki Fisher

    I am pretty well-stocked, so that wasn’t a problem. I did have to leave the house, I had promised my 5yo grandson I’d go to his soccer game. We were recently sick, just bad colds, but we got along just fine. One thing we also have that helps is Lysol spray disinfectant. We spray phones, doorknobs, computer keys, etc.

  • sarahmyers

    whats funny is my family is currently sick! so we just stayed in our pj's, cuddled in the living room ate chicken noodle soup and watched dvd's all day! it was kinda nice to not have to do much other then that. as for my food storage I have everything I needed for today except the face masks ! darn, my 2 year old would have loved to wear one! I'm excited and nervous for tomorrow I hope I'm as prepared as I was today!!

  • ChrisinGigHarbor

    Since my husband and I are both in the medical profession, we are quite ready for a pandemic. Lysol spray/diluted bleach water is a great germ fighter when you can't open windows. We also have saved old phone books in case we run out of TP (I know weird, but it works). We also fortunately have an old travel trailer that we can use for further quarantine. My high school son is already working on his plan of completing school work if he was home sick and my college daughter is organizing a “sick room” in her sorority house. They already have food/supply stores to last them at least a week if the whole house is quarantined.

  • LGCS

    I still remember the time my family came down with a bad 48hr virus. First day 1 child sick, 2nd day 2 children, 3 day 1 child on the mend another child started getting sick. on fourth day 1 child well, 1 almost well, 1 sick then guess what I get it. next my husband got it. So our household had the 48 hour bug for about 6 days. This challenge reminded me of the events. Only 2 bathroom with atleast 3 people losing fluid both ways. What a nightmare.

  • Whitney Kenney

    This was an interesting day. I felt really stir crazy in the house all alone by my self. My husband had to work a 17 hour shift today and was going to come home for a quick dinner, but realized that if he were to come home then he would be quarantined as well. I was grateful that we had a large supply of toilet paper, but realized we need to stock up on paper towels aside from what we keep in our pantry. I love being outside and doing things. When I’m cooped up in the house all day long, all I want to do is eat my comfort foods–bad idea. I need to branch out and find things in the house to do to keep my mind off comfort foods until we start having kids to keep me busy.

  • Anna Hansen

    As far as I know it is simply the syrup they make the coca cola soda out of. If you see it in Walgreens, etc, it is a small 4 oz. plastic bottle, and reads: Coca Cola Syrup. Some are generic and reads: Cola Syrup. I would give my kids a teaspoon, and it stopped their vomiting fast. They liked it over crushed ice.

    It has been in use for 100 years. My grandma and great-grandma used it.

  • deannh03

    I didn't get to check my email today until 6:20 pm so I lost again! But I know for a fact that we would have done great with this, we have experienced this in the past (a few times) and are prepared in case it happens again… it does with young kids 🙂

  • dorothysandaker

    Thanks, so maybe Cosco sells it in the Pacific North West, ya think?

  • Anonymous

    My family has been ill. So, it has been like it been for the last couple of weeks. I had to leave the house prior doctor appointment. Came home then left for a viewing. Other than that I stayed home taking care of the sick.
    I will have to get stock back up on the storage items.
    thanks this is been such a great experience

  • The Vermont Country Store sells cola syrup…
    http://tinyurl.com/mvyjdy

  • Anonymous

    I can’t say we did the best job. I had to go out this morning for a prior commitment.
    So when i got back we started. I am in houston so we are already afraid of swine flue. we have tons of hand sanitizer but no masks. I have medicine but no stomach medicine for kids. Do they make stuff like that? I had chicken soup. I guess i should get some 7-up and always have popsicles for fluid. That might have helped if it was real.
    All in all this challenge is hard to feel until it is really happenening. i am sure just thinking hard about it helps as well.

  • I’m glad that a couple of years ago, I switched to family cloths, cloth napkins, cloth handkerchiefs, etc. Except for the family cloths, these are things my mom had to use because there weren’t much by way of disposables available. But she used cloth diapers and washcloths to clean bottoms with. Washed and hung to dry.

    I use more “natural” medicines like vinegar to disinfect. It makes life simpler. I can buy a whole 100 count bottle of Acidophilus capsules for less than $20. at the health food store. I keep it in the fridge. When someone has tummy troubles, I give them 3 capsules. If they’re not feeling better in about 15 mins, I give them 3 more. Because they are capsules, I can open them and mix it into applesauce and the babies will eat it. You can’t overdose on it and it won’t cause “the plumbing” to back up like so many of the commercial products can do. I babysat a 9month old girl who had been up all night with diarrhea. Her mom couldn’t even get the 5 miles from her house to mine without having to change her again. I gave her one capsule poured into a tablespoon of applesauce. In 15 minutes, I repeated the “dose” and she didn’t have any more trouble.

  • krazedma

    We had just went out last week and picked up everything we would need just in case this would happen. There have all ready been some cases at the schools in our area. The kids think we did a good job for this challenge. It made them feel better about not doing so well yesterday. This is really brining our family together. My kids are thinking about what could happen next. They are looking forward to what may happen and if they will be able to handle it.

  • jeannelibby

    I am having a wild time with this! Yesterday, I was SOOO grateful I had my 72-hr kit in my car, 'cause I would have been VERY hungry! I did very well, but did not heat up my can of lunch raviolis, because I had no means of fire (I was at work in reality). I ate them out of the can! (Really.) In the future, I will remember to make sure I heat the food, if at all possible, because it was not as pleasant to eat cold, and it was kind of depressing! I will remember this lesson well. I want my family to be treated better.
    Today, when the pandemic hit, I was at work (I can only use the internet at work, so have to report when I can.) But I did not leave, and ate the lunch I brought with me (NO raviolis!) and not being able to buy a soft drink …UGHHH! Luckily, I had juice boxes in my 72-hr kit.

  • darasmith

    Did good. My daughter was not feeling so good today, so we really got to live this challenge! I would like any info on that coca cola syrup. is it the stuff for making the soda pop, or is another kind of syrup?

  • darasmith

    Anna, do you mean the syrup they make the coca cola drink out of?

    or is this the medicine they use to make the coke out of?

  • kathybeachy

    Talk about coincidence – I was up half the night visiting the old porcelain shrine being sick! Must have been something I ate or drank from yesterday's challenge. Tomorrow I will have to go over what I put in my 72 hr pack to be sure everything is ok.
    I also keep rubber gloves in my ER pack along with masks – just in case. We found Pepto in tablet form & keep that along with Tums & Imodium. Much easier to keep tablets than liquid.
    Anyway, really enjoying the tests. Very glad husband talked me into keeping extra soda in our pantry.
    Keep up the great work. We really need these tests.

  • jocelynrobertson

    This has been a fairly easy day for us. There is only my husband and I at home now so no sick kids to worry about – no kids or grandkids living nearby. We had all the medicinal supplies we need, but perhaps not for 7 days. We have freezies (for the Gkids visits) and juice pops in the freezer and clear soups- all great for nausea, but could have used gingerale and fresh crackers. We used some left over packaged crackers from packing our 72 hour kits about two years ago to put in our soup today and they were gross!! and ruined the soup. This led me to open the crackers in my 72hr kit to check them out. We had vacuum-sealed everything so I wanted to see if they lasted any better. They were not as bad as the others, but they definitely were stale. Foil wrapped items such as fruit roll-ups and chewy granola bars were better. Another word on vacuum sealing – It makes everything smaller and water proof like clothes and toilet paper (let your kids watch you seal everything – it's very cool – our favorite was the TP.

  • Vicki Fisher

    I am pretty well-stocked, so that wasn't a problem. I did have to leave the house, I had promised my 5yo grandson I'd go to his soccer game. We were recently sick, just bad colds, but we got along just fine. One thing we also have that helps is Lysol spray disinfectant. We spray phones, doorknobs, computer keys, etc.

  • Cheryl Moore

    We have been sick at our house so today was pretty real. My doctor was out of the office anyway so I pulled out my essential oils. Then reality set in. I had no idea how to use them. By the time the day was over I had used them several times and several ways. I have more, much more to learn.

  • Whitney Kenney

    This was an interesting day. I felt really stir crazy in the house all alone by my self. My husband had to work a 17 hour shift today and was going to come home for a quick dinner, but realized that if he were to come home then he would be quarantined as well. I was grateful that we had a large supply of toilet paper, but realized we need to stock up on paper towels aside from what we keep in our pantry. I love being outside and doing things. When I'm cooped up in the house all day long, all I want to do is eat my comfort foods–bad idea. I need to branch out and find things in the house to do to keep my mind off comfort foods until we start having kids to keep me busy.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty easy day today,although in reality I had no kids throwing up or complaints. I know there are a lot of people getting the H1N1 and that would completely change every aspect of today. Looking forward to tomorrow and a new challange. Thanks for helping us get prepared.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome challenge! While I had meds, I could of used a backup of each. And needed some otter pops. The kids ate them all a few days ago with the California heat. Overall, not bad.

  • Lynne Tolman

    This was one of those days that was relatively easy for me because I have done this before and know what to expect. I came home from the hospital with a new baby to four throwing up kids. I had plenty of comfort foods, mostly easy on the stomach food. I had chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, eggs, jello and 7-up. These lastedt for the time period that the illness lasted. I am glad we got the chance to do this because it is always a good reminder of things I could do much better. This whole exercise is a great experience. Thanks for taking me along for the expereince.

  • bonnie1967

    My family has been ill. So, it has been like it been for the last couple of weeks. I had to leave the house prior doctor appointment. Came home then left for a viewing. Other than that I stayed home taking care of the sick.
    I will have to get stock back up on the storage items.
    thanks this is been such a great experience

  • keating737

    I can't say we did the best job. I had to go out this morning for a prior commitment.
    So when i got back we started. I am in houston so we are already afraid of swine flue. we have tons of hand sanitizer but no masks. I have medicine but no stomach medicine for kids. Do they make stuff like that? I had chicken soup. I guess i should get some 7-up and always have popsicles for fluid. That might have helped if it was real.
    All in all this challenge is hard to feel until it is really happenening. i am sure just thinking hard about it helps as well.

  • I'm glad that a couple of years ago, I switched to family cloths, cloth napkins, cloth handkerchiefs, etc. Except for the family cloths, these are things my mom had to use because there weren't much by way of disposables available. But she used cloth diapers and washcloths to clean bottoms with. Washed and hung to dry.

    I use more “natural” medicines like vinegar to disinfect. It makes life simpler. I can buy a whole 100 count bottle of Acidophilus capsules for less than $20. at the health food store. I keep it in the fridge. When someone has tummy troubles, I give them 3 capsules. If they're not feeling better in about 15 mins, I give them 3 more. Because they are capsules, I can open them and mix it into applesauce and the babies will eat it. You can't overdose on it and it won't cause “the plumbing” to back up like so many of the commercial products can do. I babysat a 9month old girl who had been up all night with diarrhea. Her mom couldn't even get the 5 miles from her house to mine without having to change her again. I gave her one capsule poured into a tablespoon of applesauce. In 15 minutes, I repeated the “dose” and she didn't have any more trouble.

  • Anonymous

    Overall did pretty good on this one. Usually prepared with all sorts of med with 4 little kids. Greatful for this challenge, thanks for all the work you guys have put into this!

  • Cheryl Moore

    We have been sick at our house so today was pretty real. My doctor was out of the office anyway so I pulled out my essential oils. Then reality set in. I had no idea how to use them. By the time the day was over I had used them several times and several ways. I have more, much more to learn.

  • KimL

    The only problem I had with the challenge was I had to leave the house to pick up my son other than that we would have done quite well! I’m so glad we’re doing these challenges, great learning experience! Sorry to hear that others are really going through this though 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Yes an easy day although we only have the elcheapo maks. Don’ t know how well they would work. I do have all of the comfort foods that my family likes because otter pops and toast are staples in our house. But I do not have much on the soup end. I am a lot more prepared today than yesterday. I have most everything at home just not quite ready to leave my house though. My husband leaves for work by 4:30 adn when I told him what today was he said, “You mean I could have called into work today!” But we are blessed he still has a job and can work.

  • Jeanna

    We did OK with this. There are things we could have used more of but I did have some. Mainly paper towels and tummy meds. Stomach and diarrhea meds are not something we normally have anyway (I guess because we haven’t had the flu in forever). I will be stocking up on paper products and more Sprite &/or ginger ale. While I had some of those items, they wouldn’t have lasted but a couple days. My To Do List is growing!!

  • bradu

    Pretty easy day today,although in reality I had no kids throwing up or complaints. I know there are a lot of people getting the H1N1 and that would completely change every aspect of today. Looking forward to tomorrow and a new challange. Thanks for helping us get prepared.

  • I shop once per month for the month so we are stocked up on food plus our food storage as small as it is. We were out of town until this afternoon however but we did not shop at all all day or leave the house once we got home visiting my mother we ended up staying in the car most of the time since it is a 2-2 1/2 hour commute each way. Hope tomorrow I will be able to be home all day to try this from the moment I get up!

  • frugalmemom

    Awesome challenge! While I had meds, I could of used a backup of each. And needed some otter pops. The kids ate them all a few days ago with the California heat. Overall, not bad.

  • Anonymous

    I loved doing this drill and feel really confident about being prepared for when the flu hits.

  • Lynne Tolman

    This was one of those days that was relatively easy for me because I have done this before and know what to expect. I came home from the hospital with a new baby to four throwing up kids. I had plenty of comfort foods, mostly easy on the stomach food. I had chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, eggs, jello and 7-up. These lastedt for the time period that the illness lasted. I am glad we got the chance to do this because it is always a good reminder of things I could do much better. This whole exercise is a great experience. Thanks for taking me along for the expereince.

  • Anonymous

    whats funny is my family is currently sick! so we just stayed in our pj’s, cuddled in the living room ate chicken noodle soup and watched dvd’s all day! it was kinda nice to not have to do much other then that. as for my food storage I have everything I needed for today except the face masks ! darn, my 2 year old would have loved to wear one! I’m excited and nervous for tomorrow I hope I’m as prepared as I was today!!

  • Anonymous

    Since my husband and I are both in the medical profession, we are quite ready for a pandemic. Lysol spray/diluted bleach water is a great germ fighter when you can’t open windows. We also have saved old phone books in case we run out of TP (I know weird, but it works). We also fortunately have an old travel trailer that we can use for further quarantine. My high school son is already working on his plan of completing school work if he was home sick and my college daughter is organizing a “sick room” in her sorority house. They already have food/supply stores to last them at least a week if the whole house is quarantined.

  • amberunfred

    Overall did pretty good on this one. Usually prepared with all sorts of med with 4 little kids. Greatful for this challenge, thanks for all the work you guys have put into this!

  • Anonymous

    I still remember the time my family came down with a bad 48hr virus. First day 1 child sick, 2nd day 2 children, 3 day 1 child on the mend another child started getting sick. on fourth day 1 child well, 1 almost well, 1 sick then guess what I get it. next my husband got it. So our household had the 48 hour bug for about 6 days. This challenge reminded me of the events. Only 2 bathroom with atleast 3 people losing fluid both ways. What a nightmare.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t get to check my email today until 6:20 pm so I lost again! But I know for a fact that we would have done great with this, we have experienced this in the past (a few times) and are prepared in case it happens again… it does with young kids 🙂

  • The Vermont Country Store sells cola syrup…
    http://tinyurl.com/mvyjdy

  • Anonymous

    We had just went out last week and picked up everything we would need just in case this would happen. There have all ready been some cases at the schools in our area. The kids think we did a good job for this challenge. It made them feel better about not doing so well yesterday. This is really brining our family together. My kids are thinking about what could happen next. They are looking forward to what may happen and if they will be able to handle it.

  • Anonymous

    I am having a wild time with this! Yesterday, I was SOOO grateful I had my 72-hr kit in my car, ’cause I would have been VERY hungry! I did very well, but did not heat up my can of lunch raviolis, because I had no means of fire (I was at work in reality). I ate them out of the can! (Really.) In the future, I will remember to make sure I heat the food, if at all possible, because it was not as pleasant to eat cold, and it was kind of depressing! I will remember this lesson well. I want my family to be treated better.
    Today, when the pandemic hit, I was at work (I can only use the internet at work, so have to report when I can.) But I did not leave, and ate the lunch I brought with me (NO raviolis!) and not being able to buy a soft drink …UGHHH! Luckily, I had juice boxes in my 72-hr kit.

  • KimL

    The only problem I had with the challenge was I had to leave the house to pick up my son other than that we would have done quite well! I'm so glad we're doing these challenges, great learning experience! Sorry to hear that others are really going through this though 🙁

  • deanabushman

    Yes an easy day although we only have the elcheapo maks. Don' t know how well they would work. I do have all of the comfort foods that my family likes because otter pops and toast are staples in our house. But I do not have much on the soup end. I am a lot more prepared today than yesterday. I have most everything at home just not quite ready to leave my house though. My husband leaves for work by 4:30 adn when I told him what today was he said, “You mean I could have called into work today!” But we are blessed he still has a job and can work.

  • Jeanna

    We did OK with this. There are things we could have used more of but I did have some. Mainly paper towels and tummy meds. Stomach and diarrhea meds are not something we normally have anyway (I guess because we haven't had the flu in forever). I will be stocking up on paper products and more Sprite &/or ginger ale. While I had some of those items, they wouldn't have lasted but a couple days. My To Do List is growing!!

  • Anonymous

    Did good. My daughter was not feeling so good today, so we really got to live this challenge! I would like any info on that coca cola syrup. is it the stuff for making the soda pop, or is another kind of syrup?

  • I shop once per month for the month so we are stocked up on food plus our food storage as small as it is. We were out of town until this afternoon however but we did not shop at all all day or leave the house once we got home visiting my mother we ended up staying in the car most of the time since it is a 2-2 1/2 hour commute each way. Hope tomorrow I will be able to be home all day to try this from the moment I get up!

  • Anonymous

    Talk about coincidence – I was up half the night visiting the old porcelain shrine being sick! Must have been something I ate or drank from yesterday’s challenge. Tomorrow I will have to go over what I put in my 72 hr pack to be sure everything is ok.
    I also keep rubber gloves in my ER pack along with masks – just in case. We found Pepto in tablet form & keep that along with Tums & Imodium. Much easier to keep tablets than liquid.
    Anyway, really enjoying the tests. Very glad husband talked me into keeping extra soda in our pantry.
    Keep up the great work. We really need these tests.

  • denisesmith

    I loved doing this drill and feel really confident about being prepared for when the flu hits.

  • Anonymous

    This has been a fairly easy day for us. There is only my husband and I at home now so no sick kids to worry about – no kids or grandkids living nearby. We had all the medicinal supplies we need, but perhaps not for 7 days. We have freezies (for the Gkids visits) and juice pops in the freezer and clear soups- all great for nausea, but could have used gingerale and fresh crackers. We used some left over packaged crackers from packing our 72 hour kits about two years ago to put in our soup today and they were gross!! and ruined the soup. This led me to open the crackers in my 72hr kit to check them out. We had vacuum-sealed everything so I wanted to see if they lasted any better. They were not as bad as the others, but they definitely were stale. Foil wrapped items such as fruit roll-ups and chewy granola bars were better. Another word on vacuum sealing – It makes everything smaller and water proof like clothes and toilet paper (let your kids watch you seal everything – it’s very cool – our favorite was the TP.

  • sarahmyers

    whats funny is my family is currently sick! so we just stayed in our pj's, cuddled in the living room ate chicken noodle soup and watched dvd's all day! it was kinda nice to not have to do much other then that. as for my food storage I have everything I needed for today except the face masks ! darn, my 2 year old would have loved to wear one! I'm excited and nervous for tomorrow I hope I'm as prepared as I was today!!

  • ChrisinGigHarbor

    Since my husband and I are both in the medical profession, we are quite ready for a pandemic. Lysol spray/diluted bleach water is a great germ fighter when you can't open windows. We also have saved old phone books in case we run out of TP (I know weird, but it works). We also fortunately have an old travel trailer that we can use for further quarantine. My high school son is already working on his plan of completing school work if he was home sick and my college daughter is organizing a “sick room” in her sorority house. They already have food/supply stores to last them at least a week if the whole house is quarantined.

  • LGCS

    I still remember the time my family came down with a bad 48hr virus. First day 1 child sick, 2nd day 2 children, 3 day 1 child on the mend another child started getting sick. on fourth day 1 child well, 1 almost well, 1 sick then guess what I get it. next my husband got it. So our household had the 48 hour bug for about 6 days.

  • Anna Hansen

    As far as I know it is simply the syrup they make the coca cola soda out of. If you see it in Walgreens, etc, it is a small 4 oz. plastic bottle, and reads: Coca Cola Syrup. Some are generic and reads: Cola Syrup. I would give my kids a teaspoon, and it stopped their vomiting fast. They liked it over crushed ice.

    It has been in use for 100 years. My grandma and great-grandma used it.

  • deannh03

    I didn't get to check my email today until 6:20 pm so I lost again! But I know for a fact that we would have done great with this, we have experienced this in the past (a few times) and are prepared in case it happens again… it does with young kids 🙂

  • dorothysandaker

    Thanks, so maybe Cosco sells it in the Pacific North West, ya think?

  • krazedma

    We had just went out last week and picked up everything we would need just in case this would happen. There have all ready been some cases at the schools in our area. The kids think we did a good job for this challenge. It made them feel better about not doing so well yesterday. This is really brining our family together. My kids are thinking about what could happen next. They are looking forward to what may happen and if they will be able to handle it.

  • jeannelibby

    I am having a wild time with this! Yesterday, I was SOOO grateful I had my 72-hr kit in my car, 'cause I would have been VERY hungry! I did very well, but did not heat up my can of lunch raviolis, because I had no means of fire (I was at work in reality). I ate them out of the can! (Really.) In the future, I will remember to make sure I heat the food, if at all possible, because it was not as pleasant to eat cold, and it was kind of depressing! I will remember this lesson well. I want my family to be treated better.
    Today, when the pandemic hit, I was at work (I can only use the internet at work, so have to report when I can.) But I did not leave, and ate the lunch I brought with me (NO raviolis!) and not being able to buy a soft drink …UGHHH! Luckily, I had juice boxes in my 72-hr kit.

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants. Today is more of a “THINKING” day then “DOING” day
    OK

    “You can’t leave your house at all (if you have a prior commitment we understand, we both have something Thursday evening we committed to months ago!) ”
    Had work and an appointment today.

    “Some of your family members have been infected and have fevers/ stomach flus and need proper medication.”
    Have what is needed.

    “You need to provide comfort foods to infected family members to make them feel better ”
    Have what is needed to MAKE “comfort foods”

    “You have used up ALL the toilet paper and paper towels in your bathroom and kitchen, you can only use what you have stored extra (wherever that may be)”
    Another dozen rolls of paper towels in garage, kleenex and half a CostCo pack of tp in linen closet. Plus at least 6 rolls of TP under each bathroom sink.

    “The family members that have not been infected will stay healthy so long as they follow proper recommendations, meaning proper hand washing and sanitizing, and even wear face masks”
    One hopes…. Everybody is pretty good about handwashing anyway.

    ADVANCED “FOLKS” (for anyone who feels up to it)

    “This is the 7th day or your quarantine, so ALL your fridge food is gone ”
    Have canned/boxed and dry foods in all the “food groups”, lemons, apples and grapefruit (on the trees), plus filtered water.

    “You actually REALLY have to stay home – NO CHEATING! “– Sorry, had work!!

  • darasmith

    Did good. My daughter was not feeling so good today, so we really got to live this challenge! I would like any info on that coca cola syrup. is it the stuff for making the soda pop, or is another kind of syrup?

  • darasmith

    Anna, do you mean the syrup they make the coca cola drink out of?

    or is this the medicine they use to make the coke out of?

  • AM

    Why antibac gel? Influenze is a virus and antibac stuff won’t kill a virus. Don’t have any paper towels, but like antibac gel, we don’t use them much around here. I have lots of cloth rags instead. I got lucky–we don’t store the TP in the bathroom LOL but even if we did, I’m perfectly comfortable using cloth for that, too. No comfort foods, technically speaking, but plenty of ingredients for making things. We don’t tend to keep processed food around, plus we’re working on weight loss so are trying to keep such things away from the house. I’m thinking I’ll store some of my favorite chocolate bars hidden away and something for DH, too (the DD will eat anything).

    • Name

      I’m not a doctor but my understanding is that antibiotic medication (like penicillin) will not kill a virus, such as if you take penicillin tablets for a cold virus. However, I was under the impression that there is a difference – and that antibacterial hand gel with alcohol will kill both the viruses and the bacteria on contact. Maybe we should all check into that further to know for sure – I sure could be wrong. Good that you brought up the point.

  • kathybeachy

    Talk about coincidence – I was up half the night visiting the old porcelain shrine being sick! Must have been something I ate or drank from yesterday's challenge. Tomorrow I will have to go over what I put in my 72 hr pack to be sure everything is ok.
    I also keep rubber gloves in my ER pack along with masks – just in case. We found Pepto in tablet form & keep that along with Tums & Imodium. Much easier to keep tablets than liquid.
    Anyway, really enjoying the tests. Very glad husband talked me into keeping extra soda in our pantry.
    Keep up the great work. We really need these tests.

  • jocelynrobertson

    This has been a fairly easy day for us. There is only my husband and I at home now so no sick kids to worry about – no kids or grandkids living nearby. We had all the medicinal supplies we need, but perhaps not for 7 days. We have freezies (for the Gkids visits) and juice pops in the freezer and clear soups- all great for nausea, but could have used gingerale and fresh crackers. We used some left over packaged crackers from packing our 72 hour kits about two years ago to put in our soup today and they were gross!! and ruined the soup. This led me to open the crackers in my 72hr kit to check them out. We had vacuum-sealed everything so I wanted to see if they lasted any better. They were not as bad as the others, but they definitely were stale. Foil wrapped items such as fruit roll-ups and chewy granola bars were better. Another word on vacuum sealing – It makes everything smaller and water proof like clothes and toilet paper (let your kids watch you seal everything – it's very cool – our favorite was the TP.

  • Anonymous

    I did much better today. I guess my preparations have been more for a quarantine, hurricane or blizzard. I wish that I had cookies and other more pleasant items in my pantry that didn’t need to be baked by that I mean ready-to-eat fun foods for when people are cooped up inside.

    I did have to go to work, so I didn’t get the full effect. But today’s disaster made me a little more confident that I have at least many items to get us through a disaster.

  • Name

    If you have Walgreens stores, I believe I have purchased it there in the past. Ask a pharmacist and maybe they can special order it. It does taste good and you can put it over chopped up ice and kind of eat it with a spoon or “slurp” it slowly.

  • Anonymous

    I would jusst like to ask Anna where she gets her Coke syrup. I know that works great we used it during the Asian flu out break back in the 50s

    • As far as our side of the country (east-central) you can buy Coke syrup at Sams Club. It is a huge box, about $30 (the size that restaraunts use).

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, so maybe Cosco sells it in the Pacific North West, ya think?

    • Anna Hansen

      We have a country-style drugstore, so they carry it, but only in small bottles. Maybe it is available on the internet. But it works very well. I wish we could still get Turpenhydrate for coughing. That stuff stopped coughing period. I don’t know if the Coke syrup you get at Costco or Sams is the same thing, or too dilute. Anybody know?

      • Anonymous

        Anna, do you mean the syrup they make the coca cola drink out of?

        or is this the medicine they use to make the coke out of?

        • Anna Hansen

          As far as I know it is simply the syrup they make the coca cola soda out of. If you see it in Walgreens, etc, it is a small 4 oz. plastic bottle, and reads: Coca Cola Syrup. Some are generic and reads: Cola Syrup. I would give my kids a teaspoon, and it stopped their vomiting fast. They liked it over crushed ice.

          It has been in use for 100 years. My grandma and great-grandma used it.

    • Name

      If you have Walgreens stores, I believe I have purchased it there in the past. Ask a pharmacist and maybe they can special order it. It does taste good and you can put it over chopped up ice and kind of eat it with a spoon or “slurp” it slowly.

  • Name

    I'm not a doctor but my understanding is that antibiotic medication (like penicillin) will not kill a virus, such as if you take penicillin tablets for a cold virus. However, I was under the impression that there is a difference – and that antibacterial hand gel with alcohol will kill both the viruses and the bacteria on contact. Maybe we should all check into that further to know for sure – I sure could be wrong. Good that you brought up the point.

  • I did well on this challenge, except for going out of the house. I do work and the kids had school. If there had really been an outbreak, that would have been a no brainer to stay home. Thank you for these GREAT challenges! I am learning SOOO much!

    I have always been proud of myself in keeping well stocked on first aid, OTC medications. Just keep in mind they have expiration dates too. I check them on the first of each month. Just a few months ago I saw face masks and I thought, hmmmm that is a great idea I should have them around.

    I like how Anna H. thinks. I heard about Coca-Cola Syrup and I will try that next time! I always keep a huge supply of paper towels and TP in the cupboard.

    I also keep an abundance of antibacterial “hand wipes”, I stock up when they are on sale at target. Keep them in the car as well as the house.

  • Anna Hansen

    This is something we all need to be aware of. In a true disaster, medical personnel are required by law to respond to their base hospital in emergencies. That means the average person is on their own, as EMS people have the same requirement. I was a medic on our ambulance dept for 18 years. The best thing you could do to help your family is to take a good First Aid class. You will learn to deal with the 'fear factor', which can paralyze people in an emergency.

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants. Today is more of a “THINKING” day then “DOING” day
    OK

    “You can’t leave your house at all (if you have a prior commitment we understand, we both have something Thursday evening we committed to months ago!) “
    Had work and an appointment today.

    “Some of your family members have been infected and have fevers/ stomach flus and need proper medication.”
    Have what is needed.

    “You need to provide comfort foods to infected family members to make them feel better “
    Have what is needed to MAKE “comfort foods”

    “You have used up ALL the toilet paper and paper towels in your bathroom and kitchen, you can only use what you have stored extra (wherever that may be)”
    Another dozen rolls of paper towels in garage, kleenex and half a CostCo pack of tp in linen closet. Plus at least 6 rolls of TP under each bathroom sink.

    “The family members that have not been infected will stay healthy so long as they follow proper recommendations, meaning proper hand washing and sanitizing, and even wear face masks”
    One hopes…. Everybody is pretty good about handwashing anyway.

    ADVANCED “FOLKS” (for anyone who feels up to it)

    “This is the 7th day or your quarantine, so ALL your fridge food is gone “
    Have canned/boxed and dry foods in all the “food groups”, lemons, apples and grapefruit (on the trees), plus filtered water.

    “You actually REALLY have to stay home – NO CHEATING! “– Sorry, had work!!

  • AM

    Why antibac gel? Influenze is a virus and antibac stuff won't kill a virus. Don't have any paper towels, but like antibac gel, we don't use them much around here. I have lots of cloth rags instead. I got lucky–we don't store the TP in the bathroom LOL but even if we did, I'm perfectly comfortable using cloth for that, too. No comfort foods, technically speaking, but plenty of ingredients for making things. We don't tend to keep processed food around, plus we're working on weight loss so are trying to keep such things away from the house. I'm thinking I'll store some of my favorite chocolate bars hidden away and something for DH, too (the DD will eat anything).

  • Anna Hansen

    We have a country-style drugstore, so they carry it, but only in small bottles. Maybe it is available on the internet. But it works very well. I wish we could still get Turpenhydrate for coughing. That stuff stopped coughing period. I don't know if the Coke syrup you get at Costco or Sams is the same thing, or too dilute. Anybody know?

  • Anna Hansen

    I keep an extensive supply of vitamins, pepto, immodium, tylenol, etc on hand, so am well prepared on that. An old remedy that I have always used was Coca-Cola Syrup. It stops vomiting in its tracks. Also, keep 7-up or Sprite available as that calms the stomach too. Clear soups and Jello are the best for sick ones.

    Paper products are really critical. We keep a huge supply of TP and towels, as a sick person can go through 1-2 rolls of tp a day. The best way to store these items are in the area they are used. TP and tissues are in the bathroom. I keep all paper towels, plates, cups, etc near the kitchen, and all grouped together. I have a tiny closet near my kitchen, and I call it my ‘paper products closet’. Think groupings.

    Waterless sanitizers are great, but remember that nothing beats plain old soap and water. We always save motel soaps, and keep a lot on hand. They may be needed to give to others who may not have enough soap.

    • Hi Anna: I really like your thoughts and comments. Especially about the Coca-Cola Syrup. I had heard about it, but never tried it before.

      Thanks for your organizing ideas too!

  • As far as our side of the country (east-central) you can buy Coke syrup at Sams Club. It is a huge box, about $30 (the size that restaraunts use).

  • barbarapak

    I did much better today. I guess my preparations have been more for a quarantine, hurricane or blizzard. I wish that I had cookies and other more pleasant items in my pantry that didn't need to be baked by that I mean ready-to-eat fun foods for when people are cooped up inside.

    I did have to go to work, so I didn't get the full effect. But today's disaster made me a little more confident that I have at least many items to get us through a disaster.

  • dorothysandaker

    How well I know that feeling. I raised 3 boys and by the time they were teen agers they were just sure they knew more than their Dad and I did. Couldn't get them to co-operate in anything unless it involved food. 🙂

  • On this one I was in pretty good shape. Had to go out because today is one of the the days of the week I see my mother in the nursing home. I was thinking yesterday evening I should have evacuated her with us.I for got all about her, shame onm me!! We can not assume people in long term care will be cared for in a panic situation Katrina showed us that.
    I have some but need to stock up on immodium and pepto but I normally buy cold and flue supplies this time of year to have on hand. Luckly I have a supply of “sick” soups but I only had a few soda crackers in a zip lock bag 🙁
    The 72 hour kit would not go well with sick tummies either maybe I should add some cup of soup mixes and a few crackers there as well.Have immidium in bug out bag but not pepto, better add that there as well.
    This really is making us think and see what we missed in each event.

  • dorothysandaker

    I would jusst like to ask Anna where she gets her Coke syrup. I know that works great we used it during the Asian flu out break back in the 50s

  • I wish I was where you are. Sometimes it is hard to get kids on board, especially when they are teenagers! UG!

  • Hi Anna: I really like your thoughts and comments. Especially about the Coca-Cola Syrup. I had heard about it, but never tried it before.

    Thanks for your organizing ideas too!

  • I did well on this challenge, except for going out of the house. I do work and the kids had school. If there had really been an outbreak, that would have been a no brainer to stay home. Thank you for these GREAT challenges! I am learning SOOO much!

    I have always been proud of myself in keeping well stocked on first aid, OTC medications. Just keep in mind they have expiration dates too. I check them on the first of each month. Just a few months ago I saw face masks and I thought, hmmmm that is a great idea I should have them around.

    I like how Anna H. thinks. I heard about Coca-Cola Syrup and I will try that next time! I always keep a huge supply of paper towels and TP in the cupboard.

    I also keep an abundance of antibacterial “hand wipes”, I stock up when they are on sale at target. Keep them in the car as well as the house.

  • Anonymous

    So far both exercises have been easy for me. It is just my husband and myself at home now and we both carry 72 hr. kits in our car. I pulled up the challenge after I was at school (I teach). Any emergency at school and we are required to stay with the kids no problem. Had everything I needed for the full day. I was not able to call my husband and inform him because “the phones were out and my cell phone was at home”. But since he is also a teacher he would have been subject to the same rules. Today both my husband and I called in sick “conicidence”. I am scheduled for surgery later today. Planed on being down for a few days so comfort food, sprite, gateraid and easy meals are all planned.

  • Anonymous

    So far the tests have been rather easy for me because we don’t have any kids at home any more. Hubby and I are both almost 75 and so staying home and eating cumfort foods is easy. Had plenty of TP and Paper Towels and have what it takes to make lots of soups real easy. Have homemade stew canned in quart jars so all we need to do is warm it up Yesterday we did come home to find out the basement was flooded you said. Now there we were in a bit of a pickle because we don’t have a sump pump. Got the generator but no pump. Didn’t think we needed one since there isn’t enough water close to us to have a flood. Got drains in the floor incase of water pipes breaking. But we jumped in the car and went up on the hill to visit our daughter in law for a few hours to fulfill the leaving the house for 5 hours. It is what we would do if it really happened too. But keep up the good work girls it really does make one think of all the little details that the emergency would bring up.

    • I wish I was where you are. Sometimes it is hard to get kids on board, especially when they are teenagers! UG!

      • Anonymous

        How well I know that feeling. I raised 3 boys and by the time they were teen agers they were just sure they knew more than their Dad and I did. Couldn’t get them to co-operate in anything unless it involved food. 🙂

  • HJ

    This challenge brought up a few good points for me. Need to make sure we have food grade hydrogen peroxide on hand for sanitizing (tooth brushes, etc.) Also need to ensure we have a stock of home remedies such as vitamin C, D, zinc lozenges, etc. in addition to regular medications.

    The part that stumped me today was what to do if our little dog gets sick and we can’t leave the house. I don’t even know if dog’s can catch a flu but they can come down with other medical issues. If I can’t get to a vet I’d be lost. Hmmm….definitely food for thought.

    Okay, must go. Right now my 12yo dd is laying in bed reading because she doesn’t have the energy to get out of bed. 8-0 (Apparently she remembers the last time she had stomach flu quite well.) I hear the occasional fake cough which means grab a book and come read with me. So I’m off the bed now. Isn’t this the greatest challenge ever! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this Challenge. I am learning so much from it and from all the posted comments. I feel much more secure with all this new knowledge and will be putting it to work to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

  • Anna Hansen

    I keep an extensive supply of vitamins, pepto, immodium, tylenol, etc on hand, so am well prepared on that. An old remedy that I have always used was Coca-Cola Syrup. It stops vomiting in its tracks. Also, keep 7-up or Sprite available as that calms the stomach too. Clear soups and Jello are the best for sick ones.

    Paper products are really critical. We keep a huge supply of TP and towels, as a sick person can go through 1-2 rolls of tp a day. The best way to store these items are in the area they are used. TP and tissues are in the bathroom. I keep all paper towels, plates, cups, etc near the kitchen, and all grouped together. I have a tiny closet near my kitchen, and I call it my 'paper products closet'. Think groupings.

    Waterless sanitizers are great, but remember that nothing beats plain old soap and water. We always save motel soaps, and keep a lot on hand. They may be needed to give to others who may not have enough soap.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to be gross, but this brought to mind that I may need to stock extra sheets and bedding. If family members are nauseous and throwing up, you can go through your linens really quickly. Maybe some additional buckets may be handy. Also, having easy to serve meals is handy for kids, if parents are sick and they need to fend for themselves. Better stock up on more Gatorade and Ginger Ale too!

  • On this one I was in pretty good shape. Had to go out because today is one of the the days of the week I see my mother in the nursing home. I was thinking yesterday evening I should have evacuated her with us.I for got all about her, shame onm me!! We can not assume people in long term care will be cared for in a panic situation Katrina showed us that.
    I have some but need to stock up on immodium and pepto but I normally buy cold and flue supplies this time of year to have on hand. Luckly I have a supply of “sick” soups but I only had a few soda crackers in a zip lock bag 🙁
    The 72 hour kit would not go well with sick tummies either maybe I should add some cup of soup mixes and a few crackers there as well.Have immidium in bug out bag but not pepto, better add that there as well.
    This really is making us think and see what we missed in each event.

  • Anonymous

    I also work at a hospital (psychiatric) and have to respond to emergencies. I have my 72 hour kit in my car. I have my camping gear and fire proof safe in one location at home and have instructed both of my roomates to grab that stuff and go if I’m at work when something happens. I gave copies of my important paperwork and an extra key to the safe to my mom who lives 6 hours away. This way, even if no one is home I won’t be too devastated if I find nothing left when I get back; and I will be OK no matter where I at (as my essentials for survival are in my car with me).

  • barbarabonner

    So far both exercises have been easy for me. It is just my husband and myself at home now and we both carry 72 hr. kits in our car. I pulled up the challenge after I was at school (I teach). Any emergency at school and we are required to stay with the kids no problem. Had everything I needed for the full day. I was not able to call my husband and inform him because “the phones were out and my cell phone was at home”. But since he is also a teacher he would have been subject to the same rules. Today both my husband and I called in sick “conicidence”. I am scheduled for surgery later today. Planed on being down for a few days so comfort food, sprite, gateraid and easy meals are all planned.

  • dorothysandaker

    So far the tests have been rather easy for me because we don't have any kids at home any more. Hubby and I are both almost 75 and so staying home and eating cumfort foods is easy. Had plenty of TP and Paper Towels and have what it takes to make lots of soups real easy. Have homemade stew canned in quart jars so all we need to do is warm it up Yesterday we did come home to find out the basement was flooded you said. Now there we were in a bit of a pickle because we don't have a sump pump. Got the generator but no pump. Didn't think we needed one since there isn't enough water close to us to have a flood. Got drains in the floor incase of water pipes breaking. But we jumped in the car and went up on the hill to visit our daughter in law for a few hours to fulfill the leaving the house for 5 hours. It is what we would do if it really happened too. But keep up the good work girls it really does make one think of all the little details that the emergency would bring up.

  • HJ

    This challenge brought up a few good points for me. Need to make sure we have food grade hydrogen peroxide on hand for sanitizing (tooth brushes, etc.) Also need to ensure we have a stock of home remedies such as vitamin C, D, zinc lozenges, etc. in addition to regular medications.

    The part that stumped me today was what to do if our little dog gets sick and we can't leave the house. I don't even know if dog's can catch a flu but they can come down with other medical issues. If I can't get to a vet I'd be lost. Hmmm….definitely food for thought.

    Okay, must go. Right now my 12yo dd is laying in bed reading because she doesn't have the energy to get out of bed. 8-0 (Apparently she remembers the last time she had stomach flu quite well.) I hear the occasional fake cough which means grab a book and come read with me. So I'm off the bed now. Isn't this the greatest challenge ever! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for this Challenge. I am learning so much from it and from all the posted comments. I feel much more secure with all this new knowledge and will be putting it to work to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

  • Anonymous

    Well here we go again. Good one girls. I’m a reg nurse working in a hosp. So we all have to report for work during a pandemic. We receive annual instruction on what happens during one. All medical staff & majorty of supportive staff have to come. The hosp supplies a cot & 3 meals a day. We work 12 to 16 hour days. They do supply extra uniforms for those who need them, but no undergarments. What would be hard is if you are at work when they declair one. Your 72hr pack is at home & car kit does not have exactly what is in the 72 hour kit. I think I should go through my uniforms & see which I don’t need & can pack in my car for this situation. Husband at home is on his own. We have plenty of canned chicken noodle soup, veg soup, cans of chicken to make more soup. We each have a n-95 disposible mask in our 72 hr kits, but if he’s at home he won’t need it. Plenty of tylenol, motrin, & some advil in 72hr pack. I have access to plenty N-95 mask at work. At home there are acohol gel bottles all around house. Extra TP & paper towels in storage. Already have a years supply of bath soap & some of it is antibacterial.

    • Anna Hansen

      This is something we all need to be aware of. In a true disaster, medical personnel are required by law to respond to their base hospital in emergencies. That means the average person is on their own, as EMS people have the same requirement. I was a medic on our ambulance dept for 18 years. The best thing you could do to help your family is to take a good First Aid class. You will learn to deal with the ‘fear factor’, which can paralyze people in an emergency.

  • Anonymous

    This is a GREAT one today. With the Swine Flu outbreak earlier this year I have been concerned about something like this happening. I am going to participate in the “advanced folks” and see how we do with the food that is edible and not in the fridge. Luckily I’m already a germ freak and have a lot of soap and hand sanitizer on hand. Now that my 72 hour kits are updated I feel more secure and comfortable.

  • Anonymous

    We just went through this. I have been prepared for swine flu ever since it was first announced and a pandemic info was posted on the church website (which is no longer there). I and my daughter both put together what we called our pandemic boxes, with sanitiser, gloves, N-95 masks, antibacterial wipes, clorex, alchohol, and Ivory soap. While I was visiting her helping her family while she was in the hospital having their 3rd baby the flu visited their home. Her youngest daughter started coming down with a runny nose. By the time they brought the new baby home from the hospital the 2 year old was really sick. Then the 6 year old and I started to get sick with sore throats and congestion. We pulled out the masks, gloves and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and 7up and popcicles and were able to keep any other members of the family getting the flu. I was sick for 5 days and literally have not had the flu in 20 years and if this was a mild case of whatever form of flu then I would hate to see what a sever case would be like.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I have been concerned about this too. An unusually high percentage of kids have been out sick, since our schools started a couple of weeks ago, many with the swine flu. My dd got sick and we were afraid it was the swine flu. My dh wisked her to the dr and got a test. Fortunately, she did not have the flu, but she did have a terrible sinus infection. That was lucky, from one point of view. But, I have been stocking up on chicken noodle soup and the like since I am expecting this fall and winter to be bad. We are all anxiously awaiting the flu shots.
    Sorry about all those who have been sick so far. I’m sure that it is small consolation that you are getting it over now. Hope you all are better very soon.

  • mithreesons

    Sorry to be gross, but this brought to mind that I may need to stock extra sheets and bedding. If family members are nauseous and throwing up, you can go through your linens really quickly. Maybe some additional buckets may be handy. Also, having easy to serve meals is handy for kids, if parents are sick and they need to fend for themselves. Better stock up on more Gatorade and Ginger Ale too!

  • Wow…this actually IS our emergency for the day. 3 REALLY sick family members. And sadly, there is not a stockpile of ginger ale or sprite (we drank the last 3 days ago). And we don’t have face masks, but everyone who is not currently sick has just had it. So does mama (who is not sick) run out and get soda/disinfecting wipes, or do we live with watered down white grape juice and bleach on a paper towel? Honestly, despite my hubby’s plea for ginger ale I think I just might say we have to stay quarantined. *send happy thoughts my way*

  • Sassicass

    I also work at a hospital (psychiatric) and have to respond to emergencies. I have my 72 hour kit in my car. I have my camping gear and fire proof safe in one location at home and have instructed both of my roomates to grab that stuff and go if I'm at work when something happens. I gave copies of my important paperwork and an extra key to the safe to my mom who lives 6 hours away. This way, even if no one is home I won't be too devastated if I find nothing left when I get back; and I will be OK no matter where I at (as my essentials for survival are in my car with me).

  • I had a feeling you guys would choose to do a “swine flu” day. Ironically, we have already went through this the past week as well. Every member of our family was sick in sequence. It is now on the last family member, my 18 month old. My husband was sick and out of work for a week. He went to the Dr the first day, and had only mild symptoms, so they told him he had strep throat and gave him anti-biotics. He then got sicker and sicker (certainly the most sick memeber of our family by far). I insisted he had swine flu (we’ve have 40 cases reported in our city already), but it was the holiday weekend and he couldn’t get back to the Dr. By Tuesday he had gotten a blessing and was feeling well enough to go back to work, so I guess we’ll never know. Although I did not do resporator masks, I did stock my cupboards and freezer with enough food for a month, and we didn’t go ANYWHERE. We keep extra supplies of toiletries out in the garage as well.

  • Anonymous

    yesterday’s challenge was a real challenge as I do not have 72 hour packs completely put together. The evening was easier as I am preapred to stay home as well as today!
    Thank you for putting the challenges together, love it!

  • Anonymous

    Easy day today-we have just stocked up on TP, paper towels, hand sanitizer and masks. I also have enough stuff for chicken noodle soup and muffins for dinner. thanks for giving us an easy day.

  • LGCS

    Well here we go again. Good one girls. I'm a reg nurse working in a hosp. So we all have to report for work during a pandemic. We receive annual instruction on what happens during one. All medical staff & majorty of supportive staff have to come. The hosp supplies a cot & 3 meals a day. We work 12 to 16 hour days. They do supply extra uniforms for those who need them, but no undergarments. What would be hard is if you are at work when they declair one. Your 72hr pack is at home & car kit does not have exactly what is in the 72 hour kit. I think I should go through my uniforms & see which I don't need & can pack in my car for this situation. Husband at home is on his own. We have plenty of canned chicken noodle soup, veg soup, cans of chicken to make more soup. We each have a n-95 disposible mask in our 72 hr kits, but if he's at home he won't need it. Plenty of tylenol, motrin, & some advil in 72hr pack. I have access to plenty N-95 mask at work. At home there are acohol gel bottles all around house. Extra TP & paper towels in storage. Already have a years supply of bath soap & some of it is antibacterial.

  • tiffanygreen

    This is a GREAT one today. With the Swine Flu outbreak earlier this year I have been concerned about something like this happening. I am going to participate in the “advanced folks” and see how we do with the food that is edible and not in the fridge. Luckily I'm already a germ freak and have a lot of soap and hand sanitizer on hand. Now that my 72 hour kits are updated I feel more secure and comfortable.

  • RoxAtkinson

    We just went through this. I have been prepared for swine flu ever since it was first announced and a pandemic info was posted on the church website (which is no longer there). I and my daughter both put together what we called our pandemic boxes, with sanitiser, gloves, N-95 masks, antibacterial wipes, clorex, alchohol, and Ivory soap. While I was visiting her helping her family while she was in the hospital having their 3rd baby the flu visited their home. Her youngest daughter started coming down with a runny nose. By the time they brought the new baby home from the hospital the 2 year old was really sick. Then the 6 year old and I started to get sick with sore throats and congestion. We pulled out the masks, gloves and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and 7up and popcicles and were able to keep any other members of the family getting the flu. I was sick for 5 days and literally have not had the flu in 20 years and if this was a mild case of whatever form of flu then I would hate to see what a sever case would be like.

  • eleanormccarthy

    Wow, I have been concerned about this too. An unusually high percentage of kids have been out sick, since our schools started a couple of weeks ago, many with the swine flu. My dd got sick and we were afraid it was the swine flu. My dh wisked her to the dr and got a test. Fortunately, she did not have the flu, but she did have a terrible sinus infection. That was lucky, from one point of view. But, I have been stocking up on chicken noodle soup and the like since I am expecting this fall and winter to be bad. We are all anxiously awaiting the flu shots.
    Sorry about all those who have been sick so far. I'm sure that it is small consolation that you are getting it over now. Hope you all are better very soon.

  • Wow…this actually IS our emergency for the day. 3 REALLY sick family members. And sadly, there is not a stockpile of ginger ale or sprite (we drank the last 3 days ago). And we don't have face masks, but everyone who is not currently sick has just had it. So does mama (who is not sick) run out and get soda/disinfecting wipes, or do we live with watered down white grape juice and bleach on a paper towel? Honestly, despite my hubby's plea for ginger ale I think I just might say we have to stay quarantined. *send happy thoughts my way*

  • I had a feeling you guys would choose to do a “swine flu” day. Ironically, we have already went through this the past week as well. Every member of our family was sick in sequence. It is now on the last family member, my 18 month old. My husband was sick and out of work for a week. He went to the Dr the first day, and had only mild symptoms, so they told him he had strep throat and gave him anti-biotics. He then got sicker and sicker (certainly the most sick memeber of our family by far). I insisted he had swine flu (we've have 40 cases reported in our city already), but it was the holiday weekend and he couldn't get back to the Dr. By Tuesday he had gotten a blessing and was feeling well enough to go back to work, so I guess we'll never know. Although I did not do resporator masks, I did stock my cupboards and freezer with enough food for a month, and we didn't go ANYWHERE. We keep extra supplies of toiletries out in the garage as well.

  • lauradean

    yesterday's challenge was a real challenge as I do not have 72 hour packs completely put together. The evening was easier as I am preapred to stay home as well as today!
    Thank you for putting the challenges together, love it!

  • sharonhaynie

    Easy day today-we have just stocked up on TP, paper towels, hand sanitizer and masks. I also have enough stuff for chicken noodle soup and muffins for dinner. thanks for giving us an easy day.

  • We don't expect you to miss work. Just try to do the tasks the best you can. Each day will be different types of challenges so some of them will be easy to do after work hours. And it is especially an exercise in thinking. In a real situation what would you have done?

  • AM

    Will all of your challenges assume we’re stay at home parents? I work so can barely even attempt the challenges so far. (Or were we told to take off work this week? I moved this summer so missed some of the prep work. OK, a lot of the prep work! I hoped to use the week to figure out what I really needed to focus on doing now that we’re getting settled. I do at least have food–Mom and Dad delivered all my home canned food this weekend!)

    • We don’t expect you to miss work. Just try to do the tasks the best you can. Each day will be different types of challenges so some of them will be easy to do after work hours. And it is especially an exercise in thinking. In a real situation what would you have done?

  • AM

    Will all of your challenges assume we're stay at home parents? I work so can barely even attempt the challenges so far. (Or were we told to take off work this week? I moved this summer so missed some of the prep work. OK, a lot of the prep work! I hoped to use the week to figure out what I really needed to focus on doing now that we're getting settled. I do at least have food–Mom and Dad delivered all my home canned food this weekend!)

  • i just went through this in real life this past weekend. my dd got the stomach flu sunday. massive nausea!!! we ended up having to use baby wipes. had to change her many times. baths. you name it. money? i have no money. we had medicine from before that i stocked up on to make sure she was covered for this issue. monday we ran out of her tylenol. we didn’t have any money. it was now time to run to the doctor because she had a fever of 103.5 by my digital ear thermometer/ 101.5 by their digital thermometer. the dr. gave us a prescription for the tylenol. we had to go to target on the little gas we have and then pray the Rx was no more than $4.00 fortunately for us it was FREE!!!

  • i just went through this in real life this past weekend. my dd got the stomach flu sunday. massive nausea!!! we ended up having to use baby wipes. had to change her many times. baths. you name it. money? i have no money. we had medicine from before that i stocked up on to make sure she was covered for this issue. monday we ran out of her tylenol. we didn't have any money. it was now time to run to the doctor because she had a fever of 103.5 by my digital ear thermometer/ 101.5 by their digital thermometer. the dr. gave us a prescription for the tylenol. we had to go to target on the little gas we have and then pray the Rx was no more than $4.00 fortunately for us it was FREE!!!