Makeover Monday: First Aid Kit Check-up

If you’ve been here awhile, you might have caught a clue that I’m a bit of a klutz. Make that Klutz. I’ve always got some sort of bruise or scrape somewhere on my fitter self, especially as the weather warms up and I attempt to do more outside. That’s why I keep a pretty extensive first aid kit. It’s also why I always make sure my tetanus shot is up to date, but that’s a post for another day.

Here’s what I keep on hand:
Adhesive bandages of varying sizes, including some butterfly bandages
A roll of gauze and some tape
An Ace bandage
Liquid bandage
Gauze pads in several sizes (at least 2X2 and 4X4)
Bactine
Antibiotic cream
Hydrocortisone (anti-itch) cream
Alcohol prep pads
Baking soda
Calamine lotion
Rubbing alcohol
Hydrogen peroxide
Aloe vera gel for sunburns or burns
Cotton swabs
A couple of instant ice packs and an old-fashioned ice bag
Disposable latex gloves
4 kotex sanitary pads, no wings (don’t laugh; I’m going to use them as a compress if I ever hit a major vein and probably save my life. Remind me to tell you sometime about the time I almost amputated my foot with the Weedeater. You’ll see then where I got the idea of the pads.)

Anyway, that’s what I have in a drawer in my main bathroom. In the medicine cabinet, I have the following:
An oral thermometer
A bottle of antihistamine
A few bottles of Tylenol and other pain-relieving type drugs
Arnica ointment (pain relief)
Heat/Pain patches
Vaseline
Saline solution
Visine Eye Drops
A single earring
A rusty razor

(Those last two have since been removed.)

I got curious whether or not I was covered sufficiently for most home-type injuries, so I checked out the site of my own first aid training (21 years ago), the American Red Cross. According to them, I’m pretty well stocked but need to add some scissors, tweezers, and a first aid booklet. Not a bad idea at all. I have extra scissors and tweezers around here somewhere, I’m sure.

While they don’t have it on their list, I remember from training that we should also have eye cups to use in case of eye injury. (You place it over the eye socket to minimize movement of the eye.) Something as simple as a Dixie cup will do. I have some of those in my other bathroom and will move a few into the first aid drawer today.

As I was reading the Red Cross list, I remembered (fuzzily) their classroom recommendation that ALL first aid supplies be kept in a single container (easier to grab and GO) and that the container should NOT be kept in the bathroom or laundry room (moist heat and adhesives don’t work so well.) I’ll be fixing that this week. My den closet is centrally located and may even have an available spot on its shelf.

The Red Cross also recommends that you check your kit every 3 months to ensure products with expiration dates are still good and to check that no one in the house has removed items without telling you. Since I’m on my own, I don’t have to worry about anyone messing with my supplies, but I do check all my expiration dates when the time changes in Spring and Fall.

When I was growing up, my Mom’s first aid kit consisted of some Band-aids, Mercurochrome, Hydrogen Peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and Dr. Tichener’s. My sister and I (along with both my parents) miraculously survived with all limbs intact, and without any serious infections or diseases.

But that was before the advent of shock TV and 12 zillion articles with dire headlines of impending doom. Today we need more.

Do you have a first aid kit? What’s in it? Is it in need of a makeover? Are we missing anything here? So many questions, so little time.

If you don’t have a kit (yet), you can assemble one yourself or you can purchase one that’s already put together here or at many retail stores.

And that’s it for this edition of Makeover Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a marvelous week!