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Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 7

A Little Organization Can Go a Long Way When You Are Sick


In a perfect world we would always be at the top of our game. Unfortunately, we all know that medical emergencies have a way of cropping up every now and then, often when we are our busiest or our most stressed. There are nights when we wake up with a terrible sore throat, a migraine, or worse. At those moments the last thing we want to do is think or make decisions. We simply want to have what we need to make our ailment go away as quickly as possible.
While no strategy can possibly take away the unpleasantness of such moments, there are two lists of items that can help ease the pain.

List number one: Medicines


According to the American Public Health Association’s website,, these are medications that one should have on hand for just this type of emergency. While they don’t take the place of going to the doctor, they can help get one through the unpleasant hours between waking up miserable and getting in to see your doc.
  • Pain relievers
  • Fever reducers
  • Decongestants
  • Anti-diarrheal medication 
  • Cough drops
  • Thermometer

List number one: The Sick Kit

These are things that greatly improve your quality of life when ill. The great thing about them is they don’t need to be stored in the fridge, or even in the kitchen! They simply need to be easily accessible when you are feeling under the weather. 
  • Liquids, such as decaf tea
  • EmergenC drink
  • Water and Gatorade/Pedialyte
  • Ginger ale 
  • One bag of Saltines/crackers
  • Applesauce
  • Soup - think about ease of use. While you might never use microwavable cup-a-soups for regular nutrition, when you are sick that may be just the ticket.
  • A few drinking straws - in case it’s hard to drink from a cup.
  • Surface cleaners, disinfectants, and paper towels - as studies have shown flu viruses spread easily through tissues and can survive on surfaces in your home for up to eight hours.
  • Baby wipes - to clean up after accidents (for example, vomiting)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bucket
  • Phone numbers of your local pharmacy, your local urgent care center, your doctor, and maybe your friend
  • Printed out directions or addresses in your phone to any of those places.
  • Clean underwear and an extra pair of pajamas
  • Kleenex

Final Steps

These are ideas of what might go in your Sick Kit.  You can go through the lists and see what makes sense for you. You don't need to include the whole of something, just include part of it.  For example, include one bag of Saltines rather than the whole box.   Then, and this is the important final step, put the items in some sort of container (box, bin, bucket), date it (so you know how long these items have been around), and find a home for it.  If you want to see some pictures of sick kits, I've included a link to some Pinterest ideas.
Now, your worst night might be a little less miserable!

Take care,

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