Monday, February 24, 2020

Good Home Treatment of Influenza

All the way back in 2011 I wrote The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases.  Actually, more than writing, I merely compiled easily obtained information and attempted to put it in a coherent format to help my family and others in the event of a medical catastrophe.  Over the years I have referenced it from time-to-time, but thankfully, have never really had to put it into use.  Although I don't want to add to an already heightened concern, I do believe it may be time to pull this book from the mothballs.

The recently emerged Coronavirus has the entire world on edge.  And it does appear to have the potential to be a global game-changer.  Although my book covers everything from the Bubonic Plague to Starvation, the real gold is in a section that I had nothing to do with.  It is a special section in the back of the book called "Good Home Treatment of Influenza".  It was written by Grattan Woodson, M.D., FACP - author of the Bird Flu Preparedness Planner and the Bird Flu Manual.

As I researched the Wuhan virus, I discovered that "coronavirus" is an umbrella term for a number of different viruses, Avian Influenza and SARS included.  Armed with that knowledge, I grabbed my book from the shelf and flipped to the special section on Influenza.  I spent the next few days reading the information and making a list of necessary supplies.

What follows are but a few excerpts from the book.....As always knowledge is key to preparedness.

The Great Bird Flu Pandemic
It is in the nature of all influenza pandemics to cause widespread illness and death.  As during seasonal flu, the vast majority of those sick with pandemic flu will be treated at home by their family members and friends.  This guide was written for people taking care of mildly to severely ill influenza patients in their home who have no formal medical training.

A pandemic will last between 12 to 18 months and over that time about half the people on earth will become sick.  Most will be mild to moderately ill, but some will be very sick.  This guide will help you take care of these people at home using simple methods and do not rely on prescription drugs, medical equipment or medical training.

At times during a severe pandemic, hospitals could become full of sick and dying patients, running out of space for new patients.  Access to doctors may become limited.  Medical supplies and drugs could be in short supply.  If these things happen, people like you with no prior formal medical training may find yourself caring for terrible ill loved ones and friends, who under normal circumstances would be treated by the doctor in the hospital.  Home care, while not up to the standards of hospital care, can still be very effective.  The simple methods found in this guide are those that have the power to keep patients from dying from the common, preventable causes of death from influenza such as dehydration.

What is "good home care" for the flu?
Good home care is nine parts common sense and one part simple medical practice.  Taking care of someone with flu will be a familiar task for those who have nursed family members back to health in the past as it relies on simple common treatments and techniques.

The Flu Treatment Kit
Providing good care to family members and friends sick with influenza is a task that will be easier with a good supply of select over-the-counter medications, some medical equipment, and a few items from the grocery or hardware store.  These items form the basis of the Flue Treatment Kit (FTK).

The Flu Treatment Kit (items for one person)
Grocery Store Items

  • Table salt: 1 lb. (for making Oral Rehydration Solution, gargle and nasal wash)
  • Table sugar: 10 lbs. (for making Oral Rehydration Solution ORS)
  • Baking soda: 6 oz. (for making Oral Rehydration Solution and nasal wash)
  • Household bleach, unscented: 2 gal. (for purifying water and cleaning contaminated items)
  • Caffeine containing tea, bags or dry loose: 1 lb. (for treatment of respiratory symptoms)
  • Two 8 oz. Plastic baby bottles with rubber nipples (for administering ORS to severely ill)
  • Two 16 oz. plastic squeeze bottles with swivel nozzles (for administering ORS to the ill)
  • Two kitchen measuring cups with 500cc (two cups) capacity (for measuring lots of things)
  • One set of kitchen measuring spoons 1/2 tsp up to 1 Tbsp. (for making ORS and dosing)
  • Fifty soda straws (for administering fluids)
  • One composition-style notebook (for keeping a medical record on the patient)
  • Teakettle (for steam therapy)
FTK Items found at the drug store
  • Petroleum jelly 4 oz. (for lubrication of tubes, suppositories and skin treatment and protection
  • Cocoa butter, pure, 2 oz. (for making suppositories and skin treatment and protection)
  • An accurate bathroom scale (for weighing)
  • Two electronic thermometers (to measure temperature)
  • Automatic blood pressure monitor (to measure blood pressure)
  • Humidifier (for increasing the relative humidity of the air breathed by the patient)
  • Pill cutter (to make it easier to reduce the dose of the medication if desired)
  • 1 box of Nitril gloves (100) (to help reduce contamination and spread of the virus and bacteria
Non-Prescription drugs
  • Ibuprofen 200mg (Motrin) 100 tablets (for treatment of flu symptoms)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 25 mg. capsules, 100 capsules (for treatment of flu symptoms)
  • Robitussin DM Cough Syrup or its generic equivalent (12 oz.) (for treatment of cough)
  • Acetaminophen 500 mg. (Tylenol) 100 tablets (for treatment of flu symptoms
  • Loperamide 2 mg, 100 tablets (for diarrhea and abdominal cramps)
  • Meclizine 25 mg., 100 tablets (for nausea and vomiting)
FTK Items found at the hardware store
  • N-95 masks, 20 (2 boxes) (to reduce diseases spread to and from the patient)
  • 50 gallon sturdy plastic garbage container with top (used to store clean water for drinking)
Other topics covered:

  • Useful home care medical procedures
  • How flue is passed person-to-person
  • Coughing and hand washing etiquette
  • The virtue of cleanliness
  • Principal symptoms of influenza
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Supportive treatment of influenza
  • Keeping good records
  • Identification of dehydration
  • Treatment of dehydration
  • ORS formula for dehydration
  • Treatment of common flu symptoms
  • Treatment of adults with fever
  • Treatment of chills and body aches and pains
  • Treatment for respiratory conditions and headache
  • Reasons and remedies for common flu patient signs and symptoms
  • Treatment of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain
  • Diet and exercise with Influenza
  • The clear liquid diet
  • Exercise during and after recovery
  • Home care of children with flu
  • Signs and symptoms of flu in children
And the list goes on and on.  

These days are precarious.  "A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it".  Proverbs 22:3


  1. I'm so happy to have some news from you and your family! I buy youre book couple weeks ago and I love it!

  2. It's a excellent guide. We keep it in our 'Med Totes'.
    Montana Guy

  3. What an excellent and comprehensive list! As an old ER nurse, the one thing I might suggest is an oxygen pulse meter (pulse oximeter). They run about $15 at Walmart or Amazon. The goal is to keep the pulse below 100 (usually give more fluids if it's faster) and the oxygen above 90% (reposition, deep breaths, closely monitor if less than 90, seek next level of care if possible).

    1. merryann, thank you for your suggestion.

    2. Merryann; Thank you so much! Information is vital, and I appreciate you giving us all a heads up!! Let us know of anything else you may think of that we should be doing!!!


  4. can I buy the book direct from you or do I have to get it through Amazon.

    Kathy in MS

    1. Typically I just sell it via Amazon. If you need it another way, just message me and I'm sure we can figure something out!!!!


  5. I like this very much, have most of it, and my own box of flu remedies, homemade elderberry concentrate, and echinacea extract, and more. ACV also good for killing off pathogens. I always am thankful for the natural ways God has for us to heal. Our bodies are made to heal and will, given the opportunity. God Bless you for sharing this information.

  6. thanks for the reminder of your health book! I just ordered it now on kindle... gotta love the instant access to info! Thanks again... nice to see you writing more. take care and God Bless!!!
    Mrs. Kangaroo

  7. I bought this a few years ago, and it has been SO handy. We've been pretty healthy for the past two years, so I had to do some searching through the bookshelves to find your book again. It is a great reference!