That's the title of an article at "Come and Make It", a blog from the Philippines. The author is writing from a Third World country, with Third World medical systems, but his experience is entirely valid for us in America as well - particularly with long wait times for appointments to see regular practitioners, or expensive visits to a "doc-in-a-box", or trying to get help in emergency rooms that are frequently overstressed, understaffed, and battling to cope.
I've written before about the value of an emergency stash of first aid supplies, medications and antibiotics. The author of this article has just confirmed that.
A small scrape on my leg turned infected. Likely because I was just so so run down.
Saturday night was high fever, nausea, sweats, the whole thing. But the thing is, the skin infected scrape is small, and did not really hurt much.
By Sunday morning I was in really really bad shape. Initially thinking COVID or stomach virus. However not going to go to doc for that circus unless absolutely sure it was the Wuhan Flu and something felt like it was a infection, not viral. There is somehow a different feeling between the two. At least to my perception. Plus no respiratory symptoms.
So I put some antibiotic on the wound and felt a little better.
I took some antibiotic tabs from the vet store emergency supply and felt even better.
So I suffered but less Sunday night. However was sweating so much I think I need a new mattress.
Monday I was able to get a appointment to the dermatologist, and lo and behold, culprit was the skin infection.
However I do not think I would be here today if I did not have those antibiotics to take before I could get into a doctor. It was that bad and that sudden. Saturday I was actually wondering if I was going to wake up the next morning.
There's more at the link.
One shouldn't take antibiotics as if they were pep pills, of course: but in a medical emergency, if one can't get to a doctor easily (or affordably), it really helps to have some available. One can read up about common treatments for various infections or diseases, and get hold of a course or two of antibiotics to treat the most likely risks. If a drug is prescribed and there are some left over, don't throw them away - hang on to them, and store them in a cool, dry place in case of future need. Even a couple of days' supply might tide you over until you can get more, or get to a doctor.
One can also buy them over the counter from suppliers of animal antibiotics, provided the product is manufactured to human pharmaceutical grade (as many are - they often come off the same production lines as human antibiotics). My emergency stash came from a supplier of antibiotics for fish and bird fanciers, and it's seen me through a couple of nasty situations (including COVID-19).
The article is useful confirmation that emergency preparations should not be confined only to basics like food and fuel. That goes double if you live in an area or a country without easy and/or affordable access to health care.