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Thoughts on products that some of may/will need. is there alternatives for contact lens solutions, denture adhesives, or even insulin? What is the shelf life for most vitamins and other OTC products?
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goofin;23267 Wrote:Thoughts on products that some of may/will need. is there alternatives for contact lens solutions, denture adhesives, or even insulin? What is the shelf life for most vitamins and other OTC products?

In a pinch I have used sterile water instead of contact lens solution. Worked pretty well, just doesnt recondition the lens or clean it. It just keeps it moist so it doesnt scratch you eye, but you need to worry about infection and protein build up on the lens. Saline dries them out immensely! I dont reccomend trying that.
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#3
Honestly, if a really bad situation happens...I'd suggest just having a pair of up-to-date Rx glasses on hand so you don't have to worry about lens solution. I also think dentures, in some cases anyway, will be the least of a person's worries.

Insulin though is another thing....not sure about that.

There are a lot of luxury items that we as Americans (myself at the top of the list) are so USED to that we feel they are necessities. But if the country ends up in complete chaos, we can probably trim down that list of "Needs" pretty far.

I mean technically you don't need much more than a bar of soap and some baking soda for your teeth...if the country is that bad off, you don't need to go anywhere, anyway. Toilet paper. *shrug* Food and water. Blankets, pillows, clothes.

I'm spoiled myself but when it comes down to it, if you do reading as to the Great Depression/Dust Bowl....that's about where it was at, and most of them survived, the ones that didn't die choking on dust.
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I've also used sterile water for my contacts. To clean them I washed my hands with soapy water and rinsed the lenses with what was on my hands. You just have to make sure you thoroughly rinse the soap off the lenses.

For adhesives..google is your friend.

Adhesive
To make a standard adhesive at home, collect the following items: karaya gum power from your local health food store, tragacanth gum powder from the cake decorating supplies at your local craft store, and peppermint oil. Measure 1 oz. of karaya gum powder into a small bowl. Add 3 oz. of tragacanth powder. Stir until the two are well blended and then transfer to a small bottle. Add 30 drops of peppermint oil. Place the cap on the bottle and shake vigorously for one minute or until the oil and powders are thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of the gum blend across the surface of the denture and insert into the mouth. Hold firmly in place for 30 seconds and release. The gums should bond lightly with the exposed tissues of the mouth, holding the dentures in place for up to 12 hours.

Gum
For a less traditional take on the gum adhesive, try making a denture bonding agent from standard-issue bubble gum. The ingredients are easier to find and the flavor can be a bit more pleasant. Begin by placing 1/3 cup of unwrapped gum pieces into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the gum for one minute on full power. Mix well with a wooden dowel rod or wooden stick, until the gum is thoroughly blended. Measure ¼ cup of confectioner sugar onto a sheet of waxed paper. Push the sugar into a pile and use your fingers to create a small well in the center. Transfer the melted gum to the well in the sugar. Use your fingers to move the sugar from the sides to the top, covering the gum completely. Then roll and press the gum, manipulating it until all of the sugar has been incorporated. The gum mixture will be stiff, but not overly sticky. Pull off a piece of gum about the size of a standard marble. Wipe the inside surface of the denture with a moist cloth and then stretch the gum to fit across it, pressing the edges of the gum into the curvature of the mouthpiece. Insert the denture and bite down, pressing it into place. This should hold your dentures in position for up to four hours. Any leftover gum should be wrapped in plastic cling film. It can be safely stored at room temperature for up to four weeks.
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RugerGirl;45369 Wrote:I also think dentures, in some cases anyway, will be the least of a person's worries.
you wouldnt think that way if all you had to eat with was dentures like some of us do.
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#6
Found this one today. A natural emergency replacement for Insulin for type II.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/2004/04/14/518.aspx

goofin;46965 Wrote:
RugerGirl;45369 Wrote:I also think dentures, in some cases anyway, will be the least of a person's worries.
you wouldnt think that way if all you had to eat with was dentures like some of us do.

Yep, you can't chew without teeth and if the only teeth you have are dentures you can't eat/survive without them. Well, unless everything you eat is mashed to a pulp.
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#7
Insulin would be tricky because in general it needs to be refrigerated. I would look into acquiring an epi-pen (tell your GP your nephew is visiting and is allergic to bee stings and you need one in a hurry before you go camping for example) they are quite versitile in medical emergencies.
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I was short on time last night, but to clarify. I'm not suggesting anyone do this if they have access to emergency medical care, but an epi-pen can be used for allergic reactions, asthma attacks, cardiac arrest, to bring someone back who is slipping unconsciousness to name a few of it's uses, good for anyone to have in the box even if you don't have anyone in your family with severe allergies (there's also the possibility you could be allergic to something you don't know about).
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#9
Can you buy Epi-pens OTC? What's the life span on them?
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streaker69;54375 Wrote:Can you buy Epi-pens OTC? What's the life span on them?

This is something I should be concerned about, as I'm allergic to bees. I'm supposed to carry one, but I haven't renewed my prescription in years.

And how stupid is that? I'm doing all this prepping, but I haven't prepped for the one thing that could kill me dead in minutes.

I'm going to get a new script tomorrow.

To answer your question, no, they're not OTC, and the last time I had one, it was good for 5 years. I don't know if they've improved or not.

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