If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you may have seen the reports of major bushfires in Victoria. While this is nothing new, it made me think of something that preppers are known for. The Bug out Bag. It’s that bag that we who believe in preparedness are mocked for by those who have no idea what it really is. Everybody, in one shape or other, has a bug out bag, or if you like, it’s younger sister the every-day carry bag. Some are just poorly equipped. Men have their wallets, women have their handbags Soldiers.. well NO-ONE is more equipped than they are.
I have two bags now. I have my BOB in my car, something that if I didn’t have, I would have had to turn in my apocalypse card. As a nurse though, I’ve had to carry what amounts to an EDC. In aged care, this was a pouch that consisted of ID, scissors, tape, pens (many, many pens), Handover sheet, alcohol (swabs!! gee, I’m a little more professional than that!) and I usually throw a simple dressing in there at the start of the shift. trust me, it’s needed more often than not, and having it on me saves a lot of time!
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So given that my entry into the geekyantics world was through my zombie/apocalyptic/horror book, I figured it made sense that I should do at least one post on what I know. If you’ve read my book, you know I come down hard on the side of the virus based zombie outbreak. I like it because it’s actually feasible. Don’t worry, I’m not running around clobbering every drunk guy staggering towards me on the street. I believe in a much simpler way of preventing the spread of a potentially zombifying disease (Clue: It’s in the title).
Whether the infection is a virus or a bacteria or an alien parasite (Ok, I have nothing to support this last one), this is always your first line of defense. Let’s look at the most common virus, the flu. This is actually seasonal not because the cold weather invents a new virus. This is a problem because people huddle together en-masse to escape the cold! the close contact is the reason this is so virulent. The zombie virus will act exactly the same way! Sure you have the added risk of bite transference, but we’ve known about salivary transferal since glandular fever. The concept is largely the same.
I am not a virologist mind you. I am a nurse and a writer. If there is one thing any nurse can tell you though? Wash your bloody hands! (haha pun!) you are the first step in stopping the zombie apocalypse!
Day one of my new career is so close now. I am so ‘nurited’! I like that description. It a combination of nervous and excited while sounding close enough to neurotic to be apt.
While I am hoping that it won’t take too long for me to get comfortable in new scrubs -literal and metaphorical- I know the adjustment will be less than easy. I decided that I would write this so I would have some ‘baseline obs’. Something to look back on and measure progress by.
I think at the moment, my biggest fear is that the skills I’ve spent years learning have been smothered (too harsh?) by my years in aged care. I’m good at that. I know I have the technical knowledge. I know that I’ve studied everything I need to know. What if I forget it all? Can I put on a good enough act that my patients don’t pick up on my nerves? Will I be able to transfer my time management into such a different platform?
I’m not going to answer any of these yet. That can wait until I have more than assumptions and self platitudes to base those answers off. Plus, I’m sure there will be more worries and freak outs to come and tack themselves onto the list. Like how it took years to feel comfortable with making friends in my last job. Am I back to square one? Should I be stocking up on books for the break room again?
Time will tell I guess. Am I the only one who freaks out with big changes? Leave me a note, tell me I’m imagining it, or the last time you had a major freak out.
Really, I wasn’t even this anxious at my book launch! Given, the only lives at risk there were fictional, and mine to do with as I please.