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Peace of Mind: The Bedside Emergency Bag

bagMaybe it’s The Walking Dead’s fault or maybe it’s all the apocalyptic shows on the History channel, but end-of-the-world scenarios are on my mind more than ever before (thank you cable, I love too). Now that I’m so paranoid, I decided to employ the bedside emergency bag. If you like playing intellectual games, visit this site.

Why? Well, this is the line of thought that goes through your head when you rely on others to get out of your bed, and live alone: What if we were invaded in the middle of the night and I was stuck in bed? Who would get me up then? Or on the more realistic side of things: What if I need such and such in the middle of the night? I can’t very well get up to reach it. What then?

This and so much more is why I now have my bedside emergency bag. It’s full of everything critical – things I absolutely need to be ok without having to call for help. You just never know what may happen in the middle of the night, or what your PCA may forget to give you before leaving.

Be smart like me. Here’s what you should always keep next to you in bed, stored safely in a bag, just in case.

Tums

If have a sensitive stomach to pills, having Tums in your bag is a must. They’re so effective I just can’t get over it. If say you took a pill at midnight and started feeling queasy, chew a Tums and in a matter of seconds, almost all nausea you may be experiencing will be gone. My personal favorite is their tropical flavor. Goes down easy when the last thing you want is to eat something.

Check it out: Tums Extra Tropical

Advil

Another must for your bedside bag is your favorite painkiller. I prefer Advil, but if you’re Tylenol, Alleve or Bayer fan, that of course is just as good. You’ll just be glad you had this nearby if you need in the middle of the night. Trust me I’ve been there. It may start to feel like you’re bedside bag is becoming a mini-pharmacy, but if you can’t get out of your bed to get these things, it’s worth it.

Check it out: Advil

Extra Water

Water is another essential item to have. Make sure it’s bottled water so it can be in there for awhile without worry of it going bad. You can’t usually can’t fit a ton of water in your emergency bag, but having one bottle in there is always a smart idea.

Non-perishable Snack

Having some kind of food item in your bag that can’t go bad is also hugely important. This can mean candy bars, a small bag of crackers, even some almonds; anything that can last for several months. Sometimes food is the only way to get rid of nausea or even lightheadedness, which is why it’s always smart to have some in your bag.

Extra Catheter

A hugely important item if you use catheters is to always have an extra one.  If you’re like me, you also have a few in your catheter bag, but if you run out of those it’s nice to know you have an extra one just nearby waiting for you in your emergency bag.

Alcohol Swabs

If you do use catheters, it’s also a good idea to have a few spare alcohol swabs in your bag too. These are great for cleaning a catheter in a pincj if you need to reuse one and ran out in bed (been there). These can disinfect the tip of a catheter fairly well.

Zinc Cough Drops

And lastly, my cold prevention go-to: Lemon zinc cough drops. If I ever feel a cold coming on in bed, I pop in one of these and let the magic happen. I haven’t gotten one cold this whole winter thanks to these babies.

Check them out: Zand Lemon Zinc Lozenges

While this list above covers a lot, there are loads of other things you can include in your bedside emergency bag. A flashlight, a book, even a spare battery for your cell phone; anything you can think of that you know you’ll absolutely need if you need it. It may take a little bit of work to set all of this up, but it’s worth it in the end when you need Advil and cracker in the middle of the night and it’s right there waiting for you.

What’s in your bedside emergency bag?

A Little Help in Bed is Good for Anyone

When you are living life UNlimited, you often discover the need for new assistive devices that you never needed before. Sometimes this is due to a new hobby or a new job, other times it happens simply because something around you changes, like you move or get a new piece of furniture.

The first thing my husband and I bought after we got married two years ago was a new bed. Since both of us had grown up with mattress hand me downs, we were pretty freaking excited. We decided a pillow top mattress with an adjustable base and a massage feature.

The adjustable base was a bit of a splurge, but it turned out to be something I use a lot. I can finally read in bed without dropping my book (I am notorious for reading books big enough and heavy enough to build houses with.) I also use it to get in and out of bed easily. All and all we were both excited about the bed. For me, that excitement lasted about three hours into the first night.

That’s when I realized our soft mattress made it nearly impossible for me to roll over independently. I could do it, but it took a concentrated effort. This often resulted in the sheets and blankets being wrapped around me and me laying there wide awake. The alternative to this scenario was waking up my husband and asking for his help; which would be fine if I didn’t roll over at least three times per night.

For a few weeks, I tried learning how to roll in my new bed, but it didn’t get any easier. I tried not to roll at all, but that was like trying not to scratch an itch. I finally decided to get a bed rail. I was a little concerned about finding one that would work with an adjustable base, but figured it couldn’t hurt to look. I did a lot of research, but was hesitant to buy one online because they are relatively expensive, and I hate having to ship things back. Luckily, as it would turn out, I had a friend with an extra bed rail (It really pays to know other people with disabilities).

This bed rail works perfectly with my adjustable base by attaching to the bed frame with a strap. I had to have my husband help me attach it, mostly because it is a queen sized mattress and I am a small sized person; but once it was on, it needed very few adjustments. It is very stable, which is good since I pull on this thing every night and it has held up to all my abuse. I have also found it helpful for transferring in and out of bed, which was an unexpected perk.

I am very happy with my bed thanks to this rail. I still cannot turn onto my left side without making two rights, but at least I am not waking up my husband anymore.

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