I have heart, lung, & mobility issues. Most prepping info assumes one is young & healthy. I’ve had a heart attack (at age 49), asthma & both lungs filled with blood clots, lung collapse, low efficiency lungs, on oxygen & many meds. I’ve fought this de-conditioning my whole life (am 57), but can no longer even manage house work.
So, hiking out isn’t feasible. What do you recommend for people in this situation?
Great question, Jennifer. We’re about the same age. Even as I sit here writing this I feel a little sciatica kicking up.
If you’re reading this and think the challenge doesn’t apply to you, consider . . .. . . do you have an aging parent? . . . or young children? . . . or grandchildren? . . . or back pain? or bunions? or body fat?
As my farming friends advise, ideally all of us would learn to live now as we would have to live then, should the lights go out. This is, of course, easier said than done, but not impossible. The main barrier to living “off the grid” is deciding what you actually believe: will the lights indeed go out?
For anyone with limitations – and that’s all of us – you need a support system. Maybe Daniel Boone could thrive in the wilderness alone, but most Americans cannot. If you don’t have supportive family and friends, you need to find some. (There are numerous Survival and Prepper Groups online you might contact.)
But in a survival situation, everyone needs to contribute something. Even children can collect firewood. Though you are disabled, you, too, likely have something you can contribute – perhaps medical knowledge, since you’ve been through so much. Perhaps you have financial means, or have a green thumb, or woodworking skills. Nearly everyone can contribute something.
I realize there are those who can contribute little – for example, a patient I see regularly who is blind, mentally retarded, and mobility impaired. What will happen to her? She will not survive without the kindness of others, but even she could pedal a bicycle for power if her life depended on it.
My best advice is: 1) become part of a group – or start your own, and 2) develop a skill that others will need and you can contribute. (And this advice goes for everyone, really.) Then start practicing now for when things do go bad – live without electricity for a day, then a week, then a month. These summer months are an ideal time to begin. Work with your group to develop a transportation plan, battery back-up for an oxygen concentrator, alternatives to the medications you are taking (check out other articles on this site and/or the book, Armageddon Medicine). We all have limitations and need to work together.
For my own part, I am teaching medical skills (and leaving the guns to my sons). This web site is all about taking care of yourself and others. I hope to teach thousands, perhaps millions, before the grid goes down. If you will be, or want to be, a medical provider, now’s the time to start learning. Perhaps, Jennifer, you, too could be a healer.