Don’t put off medical issues

Few of us enjoy going to the doctor, right? The poking, the prodding, the embarrassing questions, and that’s just in the waiting room! Not really anything we look forward to.

Here’s the thing, though. Let’s say you have an as-yet-undiagnosed problem. Some nagging pain or something you just keep putting off making an appointment to get checked out. Might be nothing, probably IS nothing. But, what if it isn’t? Take it a step further, let’s say it is something serious. It probably won’t get any better without some form of treatment.

You know all that, right? But, consider this. Add in a sudden lack of convenient medical care. You lose your job and with it your medical insurance. Or some natural disaster strikes, leaving you without the use of a doctor’s office for weeks, maybe months. And that pain keeps getting worse, impairing your ability to perform even reasonably simple tasks like chopping firewood.

Now what?

Don’t put off taking care of medical concerns. If you have health care available to you, use it. There might come a day when that health care becomes unavailable. There is no medical malady where it is better to find it later rather than sooner.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

2 thoughts on “Don’t put off medical issues”

  1. I couldn’t agree more! I had a naging pain for almost 6 months. I finally went to the docs, turns out I needed my gall bladder out ASAP. I would not have survived a no medical situation ATSHTF. Get yourself checked out.

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