Last night I had a jolting reminder about preparedness. On the previous day, we restocked our water and toilet paper storage, so I felt comfortable we were keeping up with replenishing supplies as they run low. For dinner, we went out to eat at one of those “hole in the wall” neighborhood restaurants, a place we’ve eaten at a hundred times before. It is usually pretty good. This time, the dining experience didn’t turn out so well. Before going to bed I started to feel ill, which just got progressively worse. Turns out Apartment Prepper husband had been up feeling sick too.
I woke up at 2 am with bad stomach cramps, bad nausea and everything else in between.
After maybe an hour of throwing up, I needed to get some relief. Checked the medicine cabinet and found a box of Alka Seltzer. There was only one pack left in the box, and the paper was torn. When dropped in water, the tablets just sat there and did not fizz. They must have gotten oxydized. Tried looking for Pepto Bizmol to help with the nausea and only found children’s Pepto in the cabinet. We decided to take those, and doubled the dosage (not recommended but we were desperate). Let me tell you, the children’s version is maybe ten times sweeter than the adult version, which did not help the nauseousness.
What happened to all my stomach relievers we had stocked up? The reason we appeared to be all out, was we had sealed up most of the First Aid supplies for future use, and they were tucked away and sealed in buckets. At 3 a.m. and in full misery, we were in no condition to hunt for the one mylar bag that had First Aid for stomach problems, sealed in a bucket underneath five others. Eventually got some sleep and awoke still feeling sick. The next day, we got ourselves over to the CVS to pick up those missing supplies.
Some days you feel secure and prepared, some days you just realize you have a lot to learn. I thought we did good restocking on water and toilet paper, only to find out we did not do so hot on the First Aid side of things. Learning to prepare properly we need to be well supplied for not only for future emergencies, but also take care of everyday emergencies as well. I need to take inventory of what we that we can easily reach for when the need arises, and fill in any gaps. This is a lesson I will not soon forget.