You see, I was sick this week. I ended up spending most of my time on the couch (really not the best place) and it got me to thinking about what preps to make for a sick room, especially when we get our homestead going.
I have first aid supplies...oh yes. But I don't have designated Sick Room supplies, which is a Bad Thing.
So, I set out this morning accruing supplies for a sick room.
First, a Rubbermaid tote.
I have several of those, with lids. I chose a big blue one.
The first things I want to put in there are those items that deal with some of the more distressing situations.
A sick person may become incontinent, losing control of their bladder or bowels.
According, the first thing will ne a 25 pack of *chuck pads*. (I have no idea why they are called *chucks*)
While I will include an extra set of sheets---possibly two extra sets, the pads are a wonderful thing to have especially in cases of small children and the elderly or for women after childbirth.
I will have to wander over to a local drugstore to get these, but I called around and I can get a pack of 25 for around 8 to 9 dollars, depending on the size I get.
Besides being incontinent, people confined to bed also may have bouts of constipation, particularly if they are on pain medications. So, a good laxative, stool softeners and a Fleets enema and a mineral oil enema will be included.
Some illnesses go the other way, so an anti-diarrheal such as Imodium goes in the sick room tote.
The tote can hold plenty, so I am going to get an extra hot water bottle/ice pack to tuck in there.
Some linen spray and some Lysol spray disinfectant, and some lavender sachets to help with sick room smells and to provide a calming effect (lavender is good for that!) .
I'll tuck in a quart bottle of chlorine bleach for sanitizing purposes.
A bottle of hand sanitizer and a big box of tissues.
A bedpan is a good idea, too.
Add a water pitcher and some disposable cups. A box of latex gloves.
A couple of aromatherapy candles in a favorite scent.(Include a lighter or matches)
Now, I have a pretty good first aid kit with bandages and medicines and such, this tote is for the sick room.
A couple of large black trash bags.
Swabs and cotton balls.
Two bottles of rubbing alcohol and one bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
Books and/or puzzle books for entertainment. Coloring books and crayons for kids.
I am still trying to figure out everything to put in the tote, so let me know if you can think of anything I have forgotten!