Illness after The End.

First things first, I apologise for the rambling nature of this post. I’ve spent the last few days working on my novel, completely forgot I had a post to do and am still slightly in a world of my own.

I want to talk about illness post apocalypse. We’ve covered it briefly (by necessity, I am not a doctor) but I’ve spent the last three weeks fighting off the same cold, and it made me think of how such a thing could affect us when the world is smashed flat.

See, I’m unemployed, with a warm house and the internet, so I can afford to take it easy while fighting off this bug (though not too easy, I still go running and walking to train for the end). And even so, with medicine and lots of sleep and plenty of food, I can’t shift this cold. It dies down to sniffles for a day, then BAM! and it’s back to waking up in a cold sweat after a broken night coughing.

The point is this MINOR illness is making me feel crap now, when I’m fairly fit, healthy, young and well fed. What about when I’ve spent months, if not years, on subsistance level food, never enough rest, and constant tiredness and stress suppressing the immune system?

A simple, minor illness could end up killing you in that sort of situation.

And, sadly thanks to my simultaneously underdeveloped and over-enthusiastic immune system ‘not getting ill’ is simply not an option for me. My husband can get even quite a serious bug and shake it off in a few days, but I can be laid low by something relatively minor. So what the hell do we do?

Well, we lay in stocks. Stocks of medicine and healthy food to reduce the chance of sickness. We hope that the reduced amount of people means less bugs being passed around. I learn how to stop being a whiny cow and work through the bugs. We make sure we have a nurse or doctor – or a chemist, at the bare minimum – on team, if we can.

And then we do the thing that will often be our only option when the end comes. We hope.

anninyn

Anninyn lives and works in the UK, though she writes in a world of her own. Raised on a steady diet of sci-fi, intellectualism and political thinking by hippies, she looks at modern life through a somewhat-...unique... lens. She is obsessed with the apocalypse, and can be reached at anninyn@incaseofsurvival.com for all apocalypse-based inquiries. She is working on her first novel. You can find out about her and her other work through her website http://cbblanchard.com/

5 Replies to “Illness after The End.

  1. Yeah, being sick sucks enough as it is. Now throw in a hoard of zombies on the prowl and things can’t look any more dim. Medicine and a doctor/nurse are ideal. But I wonder how easy that will be to come by. I guess I don’t want to think about it. SO, when the world ends, grab food and water, but grab medical supplies too. That’s the best we can hope for.

    Get feeling better soon. I wish you well. Get strong so you’re ready to fight off zombies 🙂

  2. Having a chemist on board would be invaluable to your survival, or at least a herbalist who can make remedies from natural ingredients. With enough time and scarce enough resources, we’d likely be seeing the resurgence of apothecaries and alchemists.

  3. What about those who have a disability or something that requires medication?
    I’m a narcoleptic and I need my meds to keep me awake. Any natural stuff that could be recommended?
    My medication is very expensive because they don’t keep regulary stock on it.

    1. As I am not a medical professional, I can’t give advice on serious medical conditions and how to treat them without medical intervention. Sorry! My best advice is to grab as many ‘herbal medecine’ books you can and hope.

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