“Sickbox” – Meant to put this up this morning, sorry…

I got the flu last December for the first time in a decade, and like always it flattened me out. In one way the timing was fortuitous since I’d only moved into the first floor bedroom two months earlier, and climbing the ladder to and from the loft would have pretty much been impossible. But it also showed me that I’d gotten complacent about “what ifs.” When you live completely alone, you need to plan ahead for bad things, and I really hadn’t. Former Weekender Neighbor L was a huge help, bringing soup and store-bought bread, and during the really sick bit the food didn’t really matter anyway because I couldn’t eat for several days, but still. Better prior planning was definitely indicated.

Hence the “sick box…”

Got to thinking about it yesterday because I wanted to add a couple of cans of that B&M bread to it. Went over everything to make sure it will still be good when I need it.

Couple of lessons learned – Packaged electrolytes would have been smart, I got really dehydrated. Wished at the time I had a fever thermometer, and they’re not expensive so why don’t I? But mostly soup and aspirin, and now bread, on the first floor so I can get to it when I’m sick.

And then I covered it back up with an old towel, so the contents wouldn’t get all dusty during the hopefully long, long time before I need it.

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5 Responses to “Sickbox” – Meant to put this up this morning, sorry…

  1. Mike says:

    This is a good idea and the addition of the canned bread is a nice touch. If it’s not already in there, a jar of peanut butter for the protein and a can of butter for the canned bread would also not be amiss. My one hope is that you never have to use this stuff or, failing that, not have to use it for a long, long time.

  2. Ben says:

    The electrolytes are a great idea. Also a regularly rotated box of soda crackers might be a good addition. Sometimes they stay down when nothing else will.

  3. Judy says:

    A jar of ground ginger to make tea with would also be of great benefit for tummy troubles. Use about a half teaspoon in a cup of boiling water; cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes; strain through a coffee filter; sweeten to your liking and sip.

  4. Zelda says:

    Didn’t we mention the necessity for powdered or bottled electrolytes back then, and I thought someone sent you some. Maybe they migrated to the back of your food storage. They are a must when you live alone. Peppermint and Echinacea teas are also good for stomach upsets and illnesses. Canned organic chicken broth is easy to keep down.

  5. Joel says:

    Electrolytes were certainly discussed at the time. I don’t remember anyone sending any but if they did I used them up during my recovery and more besides. I currently have three sealed boxes.

To the stake with the heretic!