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"Do you know how many people come to the ER for migraines? And all we do is give them an IV bag of water and send them home."
I don't know about you but the ER is the last place on earth I want to be at any given time of my life. I wonder what staff infections or virus' hop on and take a ride home with you!
Please do not mistake the fact that I am thankful an ER is close by should we need it. We are blessed by the men and women who spend their lives healing. According to this article the top reasons to visit the ER (besides drug overdose) are chest pains, cuts, and broken bones. Yep. Thankful we can go for those mishaps. Not gonna mess around with my home remedies for those (except maybe superglue stitches...that happens on occasion). There are absolutely, positively times to visit an awesome, life saving, trained medical professional.
Then there are times when we can "frontier it" and take care of things on our own. It is time to take that power back. We can stop expecting someone else to do what we can for ourselves...for a lot cheaper. Judging from the wealth of Google results for home remedies, I know there are plenty of people who want to learn to do just that!
Here are some other reasons according to the Huffington Post why people visit the ER, and some ways to avoid it!
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- Stomach ache. My ER nurse friend says that in OKC area right now this is a major reason for ER visits. I get that. I have done it myself. Gall stones. Not fun. Certainly use your own best judgement, but not every tummy ache is ER worthy. Many of these cases are a stomach bug that will heal on it's own. At the ER, they give fluids, Zofran, and a hefty bill. My thoughts are, should have stayed home and used Digestzen, ginger, fennel, or peppermint. Apply to tummy every 15-20 min, or if you can keep them down, put a drop or two in a cup of water and sip slowly.
- Rash: Some skin irritations can certainly be serious. But that is the rare case, not the norm. Never underestimate the power of coconut oil, lavender and melaleuca. I love this little ouchie balm found here.
- Upper respiratory: Can certainly be serious. But croup, cough, and even mild asthma attacks do not necessarily merit a trip to the ER. At least not at my house. Breathe, eucalyptus, lime, rosemary, oregano, and peppermint are amazing at clearing the airways. Learn to listen to your body and your intuition to know what you can handle on your own and what may be too serious.
- Back ache: Can be absolutely debilitating. But a visit to a chiropractor, massage therapist or applying your own Aroma Touch Technique can be very effective. We always reach for essential oils for pain before any type of pill.
- Tooth ache: Clove oil is an awesome analgesic. Tea bags too!
- Headache: First start with a big glass of water. I find that knocks out 9 out of 10 headaches for me. Dehydration is an epidemic in this country due to over-consumption of soda, Gatorade, alcohol and the like. Next reach for the oils that can help with pain. These include, but are not limited to birch, wintergreen, peppermint, Deep Blue, and Pasttense. Take a lesson from a 12 year old and knock it out fast!
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"
Dose up on those daily vitamins. Use On Guard regularly. Eat your veggies. An apple a day may very well be the key to keeping the doctor away!
My only qualifications are "Dr. Mom." Nothing I have written here can be construed as medical advice. This is simply a list of ideas that you can try for yourself in your own journey to become self sufficient. It is a wonderful, empowering thing to be!! My advice to anyone on this journey is to have a little faith in yourself. I have talked with people who are so afraid of messing up. We felt that way when we were new parents too. The same guardian angels that keep our toddlers safe are with you too! So have faith in you!
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