Emergency Weather Preparedness
Weather events, such as a major storm, hurricane, or flood can force residents to leave their homes with very little warning. Usually local officials publish lists of recommended items to have ready in case you must evacuate.
However if you have lymphedema, you also need to be prepared to cope with the management of this condition during an evacuation
The following are basic suggestions; however, since each lymphedema patient has different needs and you should make your own list, or better yet kit, to fill your needs.
- Pack the emergency antibiotic supply your physician has prescribed for you in case you develop an infection. This should be in its original waterproof container from the pharmacy. Label this container with the information as to how this medication should be taken when needed.
- Also pack the other medications you normally take. If these are prescriptions, they too should be clearly labeled in their original containers.
- Make a list of the names and phone numbers of your physicians so they can be contacted in case of emergency. Also note any allergies you may have and all conditions you are being treated for.
- Create a card to put with these records that explains that you have lymphedema and includes a list of the essential precautions.
The Lymph Notes Wallet Card is designed for this purpose and you can obtain one in advance, and without charge, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be certain to include your complete mailing address.
- Create a skin care kit that includes at least a small amount of these products that you need to use each day. These would include soap and a lubricant to keep your skin moisturized. A wash cloth, or a supply of disposable wash cloths, are also recommended.
- Make a list of the compression garments you normally use at home. A worn knit compression garment, that has been replaced, might be kept in this kit.
- If you bandage when swelling gets worse, include a complete set of these bandaging supplies.
- Create a small first aid kit packed in a plastic bag so you can treat a small injury. This should include gauze to clean an injury, antibiotic ointment to place on the injury, and a bandage to cover any break in the skin.
- Another plastic bag can be used to create an ice pack to
place on wounds!
© Lymph Notes 2015. This information does not replace the recommendations of a knowledgeable physician.
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