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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2020, 10:29:25 PM »
Today the Pennsylvania Dutch are celebrating Fastnacht, sort of like Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday before the opening of the Lenten season.  Locals gathered together at a nearby rural bakery early this morning for the traditional Fastnacht donuts. 

The conversation centered on one note at the gathering:

There is no longer any morphine anywhere to be had in the regional health system for those suffering intense pain, be they in hospice or in other catastrophic medical need. 

I personally have never been in the type of pain that would require morphine, except for perhaps during childbirth when such drugs can't be taken.  But I did have the option of a spinal block.

My aunt experienced intense pain with terminal bone cancer, and instead of opting for morphine, she wanted to be alert during her last days with her teenage boys, so she chose to have her spinal cord severed instead.

That is what it's coming down to, when morphine is unavailable in an entire region: drastic measures will need to be taken to control pain, and where that isn't possible, families will suffer along with their affected loved ones, or lose them entirely as they may choose to terminate a cruel existence.

Many prayers for those caught in this situation.


RR on a more somber and appropriate note, thank you so much for sharing about the morphine - what the Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish and all those groups are concerned about should concern all ofus, IMHO... good to be reminded abouthow there will be shortages..
Ans what alternatives there might be...

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2020, 10:35:53 AM »
Thanks for the recipe Barb!  I guess compared with the way Louisiana celebrates Mardi Gras, this must seem pretty tame  ;)

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2020, 10:54:04 AM »
There is a beautiful flowering plant whose innards, at a certain time of year, can be carefully extracted from the plant, and then processed into a substance that is for serious pain relief.  The "latex" must be extracted before flowering--the flower can be one of several colors, but I've seen the deep red single-layer petals that are huge.  I hate to mention the name of the plant, so as not to suggest yowusa.com is recommending its use, but readers can figure this out.

If a person starts growing it this year, it won't be long before it can be used, and then seeds can be replanted the following year.  No prescription needed, and no need to mention your planting to anyone.

Ilinda, I think you may mean this plant?   ;)


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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2020, 01:34:10 PM »
Yes and itsn't it lovely?  The pic you attached is truly dazzling and makes one want to be there!

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2020, 08:24:36 PM »
Well, better to be there than to be in pain, if nothing else to use. :)
 

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2020, 08:25:08 PM »
Thanks, RR...

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing: Anaphylaxis drugs dangerously short
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2020, 06:39:57 AM »
Here's a current list of prescription medication shortages:


I noted that on the list, epinephrine continues to be in short supply, as mentioned earlier in this thread. 

At this point, we can't be assured that the medical community will be able to halt an anaphylactic response, either to a food allergy, insect bite, snake bite, etc. 

Anyone concerned about facing such a situation might want to get a supply of Mormon tea (Ephedra nevadensis) right now, which is the only legal means of obtaining full-strength ephedra in the U.S. at the current time without a prescription.  It is readily available in the wild to those of you who live in the U.S. desert Southwest, and this might be a good time to learn to wildcraft it:



Currently in the U.S., concern for illegal methamphetamine production has caused Sudafed, the synthetic version, to be moved from OTC access to accessibility only via prescription, and that's only when it's available.  The weaker version now allowed to the public via OTC, phenylephrine, should not be relied upon in case of anaphylaxis. 

Likewise, emergency injectable doses of diphenhydramine (Benedryl) are on the short-supply list, and it may be wise to stock up on the OTC formulation of that or the generic while still available.

Another OTC drug to seek for home storage in the case of anaphylaxis is the strongest possible cortisone cream, or its botanical equivalent, in the event that hives may appear. 

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2020, 05:28:19 PM »
Good idea to bring up this subject.  Another option is to have on hand homeopathic remedy Apis.  It usually comes with any "Emergency Homeopathy Kit" you will buy, and although it's recommended for allergic reaction to bee stings, it is actually good for any type of anaphylactic reaction.

https://homeopathicassociates.com/acute-treatment/homeopathic-treatment-anaphylactic-reactions/

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Re: Medicine shortages appearing
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2020, 06:52:47 AM »
Ilinda, This is important enough to include on the beekeeping thread, in case of a reaction to stings.  Thanks!

 

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