As I’ve said before, I am interested in preventative care measures much more so than after the fact fixes. And I’m advancing my education with the aim of being able to give primary care to my neighbors and community which will be needed even more so in the coming years.
I have had concerns for years about the impact of Peak Oil on medicine as we understand it today – syringes made from non renewable resources, used only once and disposed of just as a for instance. All the medicines available today are available only because of fossil fuel inputs – what happens when those are too expensive to ‘waste’ on medical purposes? I think perhaps even those in the medical community who might be Peak Oil aware tend to close their eyes and put their fingers in their ears chanting “LaLaLa” because there appear to be no answers to the question, and there is presently no alternative. I admit, it is depressing and stressful to contemplate.
I found a site today that really excites me: Post Peak Medicine . This is exactly the answer to my concerns even though much of it is still a work in progress. I even found a page where the owner is asking for submissions from registered nurses and I really want to begin working on a submission! I never pictured myself as having much to add to the nursing community but in this case I believe I do have important contributions to make, and that I have an obligation to try. I will post here if my article is accepted so you can read if you are interested.
In other news, this house has been alcohol free for over a month. No freak outs, no fights, no lapses of memory, no drama. While I miss a cold beer on a hot evening, I’d prefer the money to stay in my bank account for things like the tire my husband suddenly needed to replace on his car, or the TB test we just found out he needed. We both get more done as well…although I am still a gamer’s widow. It evens out though, he loses me to the loom, spinning wheel, and school work.