I have been sick for about a week. Nagging cough, headache, fever, malaise.... I think I have been over doing it and not getting enough sleep. I have been trying to take it easy - drinking a lot of water. The only way I have been able to get my fever down is to take ibuprofen.
This makes me think about how fortunate that we live in a time when we have medications that can reduce fever. Historically, it was not long ago that people would die from simple things like fever, a small wound, etc.
While I have been focused on the food problems related to peak oil, Jonathan has been concerned about medical issues related to peak oil. Currently, he works in rural Iowa / Minnesota emergency rooms. He tells me how many cases that he sees that he could do nothing about without petroleum products. Almost all products he uses are petroleum based (syringes, IV bags, tubes, etc). Almost everything is manufactured overseas. Many medications have to travel long distances.... Jonathan and I are starting to look at some naturopathic remedies. Will post peak oil produce such bleak outcomes? Will all products be unavailable? Will we have a limited selected supply? No one knows exactly what will happen, but we do realize that things will be different.
For now, I keep hydrated and keep nursing Samuel.