The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 (FRIDAY)

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Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

Health care costs in your country have gone through the roof. Battles are waging between government, doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. All doctors have gone on strike leaving a gaping hole in available medical care in your community. Today will focus on what you will need to do to prepare your family for all kinds of medical emergencies, including getting yourselves healthier to avoid dependence on medications (if at all possible) and/or medical interventions.
Goal: Get your family’s medical history & supplies in order and get healthy!

Today’s Tasks:

  • Prepare a family medical plan to include in your Emergency Binder (see this sample medical plan a reader sent to us, you can be this thorough or just jot down some simple info for your family)
  • Do an inventory of your home medical supplies. Add items to your daily report card that you need to purchase (there is an awesome comprehensive list of suggestions found on this post Modern Survival Blog)
  • Print out instructions for basic first aid procedures (there are some helpful guides found at this link)
  • Review our notes from the CPR/First Aid class we attended at our church, then look up when there is a formal class in your area and SIGN UP for it
  • Research any specific medicines you are taking, find out how you can stock pile some, make a plan for how to keep them refrigerated if necessary, etc. (Also consider if making lifestyle changes could help reduce your dependency on them)
  • Since living a healthy lifestyle is so important for disease prevention, cook healthy meals AND do a physical activity as a family (if applicable) today
  • SHARING TIME: Please go to our Facebook page or blog comments and share any experiences you’ve had with providing home medical care and what items were helpful for you. This will help us all make our plans of what we need to add to our supplies.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • No eating fattening foods, sugary treats, or drinking soda or alcohol today. (Yes we’re taking away all our vices)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Purchase additional manuals on first aid and emergency medicine
  • Learn more about holistic approaches to medicine including essential oils (check out this post as a starting point)
  • Practice treating a pretend injury using supplies from your house


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.

  • NeomaDenise

    I grew up with a Native American grandmother who passed along all the old ways of medicine. I’m also an RN, dh is a emergency medical technician, we’ve also taking field medicine classes. Growing up on a farm we both can suture wounds, splint broken bones, make crutches,etc. We’ve stock piled honey ( natural antibiotic) vit. E (aids in healing) and some veterinary antibiotics as well as the natural healing herbs, etc.

  • Gen

    Jodi and Julie:
    I don’t do Facebook, but here is some information you may want to pass on to your other followers. I read the collapse medical list that you had linked to, compiled by Nurse Amy. She had great information on essential oils and their uses.
    A less expensive and more readily available style of dressing material than ABD pads (large absorbent and/or pressure dressing material) is kotex pads. You can even use the little ‘tails’ to tie them in place, saving your tape. Also, the large urinary incontinence pads (not the brief-styled Depends) are closer in size to the ABDs. These admittedly are ‘clean’, and not sterile but sterile 4x4s could be placed next to a cleaned wound, and these on top.
    For tape, there are types of coban or other materials that stick to itself rather than your skin. This will be good for people with tape allergies, as well. I find a better price for that material at farm (think IFA, Cal Ranch, etc) or horse supply stores since it can be used for pet dressings, wrapping your horse’s legs, etc. They carry it in a variety of widths and colors.

  • Rebekah S.

    We have a first aid kit but I’m seeing a lot more we could use. A plan as you suggested and I’ve been wanting to go to a CPR class since we had our little one almost a year ago. My husband is an RN but when he’s gone I need to know this. I also have a couple tinctures but have no idea what to use most herbs for. Thank you SO much for doing this each year. Your REALLY helping me prepare for emergencies and make sure my family and neighbors are taken care of just by gaining knowledge.

  • We have a pretty good first aid supply in the house and our car. I also have first aid supplies for our pets and livestock. When I travel with one of my dogs I alwasy pack his first aid kit in the trunk to take with me. This came in handy one day when I ran into a K9 patrol officer whose dog had injured his paw. I offered him some of my supplies as the pet store we were both at did not carry what he needed. I do want to learn more about herbal and essential oil medicine. I use a herbal drop called Rescue Remedy on stressed out animals and it works great, it also works on people. I have a book that lists a lot of useful herbs, but I don’t have anything on essential oils yet, so that will be a book going into my library very soon. Neither my husband or I are on any kind of medications so that is nice. We are stocked up on Ibuprofen and other over the counter remedies just in case, and for those aches and pains and my barometric pressure headaches. Does anyone have a partcular book on the essential oils or home first aid that they would recommend?

  • I feel a lot more prepared in this area than in the last two. I have been slowly building my stores of essential oils from doTerra and the knowledge of their use with the help of a book about using essential oils medicinally. Awhile ago I also bought a comprehensive home medical guide and some pocket-sized 1st aid books. I also have well-stocked 1st aid kits in the car, kitchen (marked on the outside of the cabinet with a red cross symbol), and upstairs. One thing I’d like to do is teach my 5 year old son some basic 1st aid so he doesn’t have to feel afraid or helpless in the face of an “owee”. Maybe even let him have access to his own little 1st aid kit with band-aids. We also have emergency phone numbers in a very visual place as well as mine and my husband’s cell numbers with our pictures beside them so my son can tell just by looking which number is for Mom or Dad without being worried about having to read something. Our home address is on there too for his reference. (and for babysitters too, I guess!)

    We do need to stock up on some basic multi-vitamins and calcium supplements for us and the kids. I’d also like to get some smaller bottles to keep some basic 1st aid essential oils in the 1st aid kits. I love that the oils don’t expire!

    I was very excited for the idea you suggested of getting together medical info for our family. I didn’t do that comprehensive one a reader sent to you, but a simple excel chart listing the family members, their DOB, allergies, medications being taken, blood type, past and present health conditions, major surgeries, major dental work, and a list of known vaccinations received. It’s such a relief to have this all in one place. I now have a copy in our financial binder with all our other medical info.

    Thanks for the less stressful day! Yesterday was a tough one! 🙂

  • This challenge is another one that makes me feel especially well prepared. I have been studying herbal medicine and aromatherapy for 20 years. I have a well-stocked herbal cabinet and grow a lot of my own medicinal herbs. I know how to use them and have an extensive library. I guess it must be working because neither my husband or I (71 and 62) have any chronic illnesses. I take no medications and he is weaning himself off the only one he takes.

    What it did remind me to do is take stock of my herbal and essential oil stores and make sure I have everything I need. I did pick up some additional goldenseal tincture yesterday and I am planning on putting in a greenhouse before the winter sets in that will give me additional herbal options longer each year. I also know that I could learn a lot more about our native plants here in AZ, which are different than the traditional herbalism I am schooled in. I have the books, now I need to do the field work. Definitely something to work on.

    I think something I would like to do is sign up for a CPR class. Neither of us knows how to do it really, so I should learn. I will check on that and see if I can find one locally being offered in the next couple of months.

    • idahocntryboy

      I too make my own tinctures, syrups from herbs I find in the mountains or surrounding area. I take several of them on a regular basis for asthma and not longer need an inhaler. Studying herbal medicines will save you if you cannot get to a pharmacy! There are many natural antibiotics and antivirals.

  • rachel

    i know part of this challenge is to not go to any stores for the full 7 days. However… w the current events unfolding i can not sit here when there are things i still need to do/get to prepare. heading out to Wally World to pick up a few things and then to Big Lots to get a few more cases of bottled water. Sorry… guess i have bailed.

  • Agrien

    Before leaving on this mission, I made sure to touch base with my doc and RN. My daughter is in touch with them regularly, since she and her son go to them anyway. With my multiple disorders, it’s a must. And I thank the Father daily (and even by the minute) that I haven’t had any problems, even under the adverse conditions that I sometimes find myself in.
    However… having said that, I’ve also been under constant watch from family, have a strict diet, and regular exercise. That’ the first step that I took towards planning for any ‘worst case scenarios’. My life is full of extremes, and it only made sense. The next thing is this: after having done some work with the Red Cross, there was the occasional after-the-fact question of “How do I become prepared for these emergencies?” Especially with disabilities.
    Simple. The first thing that I tell them is to look at all of the things that you need for a daily routine. And look a little outside at the things that you need when you have problems. Talking to your health care pros helps with this too. Get them involved! Maybe they can help some of their other patients be a little more aware. Not as a paranoid thing, but just as something for peace of mind if nothing else. Self sufficiency, even the smallest amount, is a good thing… after looking at these things, take a good look at what you can do without. And then make a bug-out-bag/72-hour-kit/emergency plan thing, involving those that will most likely be involved in any emergency care ‘just in case things go to heck in a hand basket’. Think of instances where you might be on your own. What would you do? Who would you contact? How would you contact them? What would you do until some one can get to you? Where would you go? But DON’T make this and anxiety thing. Part of this being prepared thing is learning not to panic, and putting things in place so you DON’T have to do that. Pray for guidance, make the plans, refine when necessary, and the Yah’s Will be done. When you load that kit, and each time you rotate the meds and munchies, pray. And when you last zip up that bag, leave the anxiety with it and make steps towards better health. lol Yes, even me – the walking zombie. Even if your service dog has to take the pack for you. lol (don’t forget something for pup).

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