16th January 2015

I sent the list, for my first aid items, through to Juliet once I’d completed it.  I wanted to make sure that I had thought of everything.  Her initial response was that I was being silly.  Australia is too far away from West Africa to have an outbreak.

Yes, I know I’m being a little paranoid, and, while its not likely that there will be an Ebola outbreak here in Australia, there is a possibility that the supply chain will be disrupted and I want to be prepared.  And that includes medical supplies.  After that, Juliet was more forthcoming.

The only two things she told me to add to my list were;

  • disposable thermometers – so you don’t have to remember to sterilise the glass one and;
  • a book on first aid – because if you can’t get to a doctor then you will need to know how to tend to minor injuries.

She was curious as to why I had included the essential oils.  She understood why I would have eucalyptus, nearly every Australian home has a bottle as it’s a great astringent.  I explained that the others are all good at either boosting the immune system, keeping infection at bay, effective against vomiting and diarrhoea or a great disinfectant.

I told her the story of four thieves stealing clothes and jewellery from victims of the bubonic plague.  It’s said that the thieves used a mix of 5 essential oils (clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus) to avoid getting sick.  Now, you can even buy ‘Thieves’ essential oil.  The Weber State University in Utah carried out research on the properties of the essential oils and found them to have a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria.

I promised to send through some additional information, so that she could have a read while she was in isolation.

15th January 2015

After my phone call with Ethan yesterday I decided I needed to stop and take stock.  I assessed the contents of my first aid kit and realised that it was relatively well stocked with bandages and such like.  A couple of things had passed their use by date; the saline solution and some of the ointments.  All easy to replace.  What I didn’t know was what I might need for self imposed isolation.  Nor how much I might need.  So, I spent the evening researching what you would need in a pandemic survival kit.

Here is my shopping list;

  • Surgical gloves x 1 box 100 pairs
  • Hand sanitisers/wipes
  • Bleach/disinfectants x 2 litre bottles
  • Surgical masks x 2 box of 20 masks (I wonder if I need something more robust?)
  • Disposable chemical suit  (Am I being over the top??)
  • Electrolytes x 40 x 200ml pkts
  • Immunity boosters – e.g. Vitamin C
  • Saline solutions x 10 vials
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Iodine drops
  • Butterfly strips x 1 x 10 pkt
  • Sterile wound dressing
  • Facial tissues
  • Essential Oils (Lemon, clove, cinnamon, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary

I might check with Juliet tomorrow and see if there is anything on my list that I really don’t need or if there is anything that I’ve missed.

While I was researching I also realised that it’s not just my first aid kit that requires attention.  If I do have to go into isolation, there are other things I need; non perishable food, candles, batteries, water.

Am I being over cautious.  Maybe.

Will people think I’m nuts.  Yes.

To be honest I don’t care.  I’d rather be prepared for the worst than caught short.