I remember being sick often when I was growing up. There were numerous visits to the local doctor who gave me a sweet at the end of the ordeal, so I quite liked him. There was also a late night emergency visit to his house which I can only recall now as being ostensibly huge. I think my Mom should remember more than I, after all she was the one who kept vigil as I was close to death’s door…
Hahah, damn drama right. No lah, that happened only once and she has never stopped reminding me about it since.
The point I would like to make today is that having your own first aid kit is important. My Dad has one, my sisters have their own and now I have one too! Actually I’ve always had bits and pieces of medicine here and there, but in my mind a first aid kit is not complete with yellow lotion. That’s right, the caveman antiseptic that stung when applied, then proceeds to stain everything that you wear. Hated it now I have it! Well okay only because the pharmacist told me that it’s better than cream antiseptic if you’re going to apply bandage – I had a scrap that was turning septic, bla bla bla.
Lo and behold, here’s 3 quarters of my stash!
Dressing bandage. Handiplast (I refuse to call it by its new name!). Alcohol swabs (to clean). Yellow lotion (antiseptic). Thermometer. Watermelon frost. Nexium (‘cos I had acute food poisoning and I thought it was acute gastritis). Teck Aun ‘Chi-Kit’ pills for wind and upset tummies, it’s like salt in the home first aid kit world.
Eno for indigestion. Some ciplak brand medicated oil that I will replace with the proper Axe brand one soon. Charcoal pills… actually I don’t really know what charcoal pills do. What do they do ar?
All sorts of gels and creams that you may never need in your life.
Almost the entire Panadol range – normal, soluble, menstrual, cold, actifast. Random cough tablet which actually belongs to someone else. Clarityne, I forgot why I have it but I just googled and found out that it’s antihistamines. Nurofen, my best friend when my crowned tooth was infected. Ooops, spot the Xanax.
Right now all I’m lacking is a bigger box to store my mini pharmacy.
Do you have a first aid kit at home? Do you believe in being overly well-prepared like me (remember that I’m slightly OCD and paranoid) or you’re good with just the basic stuff?