It finally happened. I’ve been telling everyone for years that they should be preparing for the zombie apocalypse, but they wouldn’t listen. Now who’s laughing at who. Most of them have had their brains pulled out and eaten, or they’ve become part of the undead hoards themselves. Sarah, the girls and I are safe and sound in an undisclosed location away from major population centers. We are 12 days into the zombie occupation. We’ve been without power for 7 days. The laptop has a pretty low power draw, so I’m able to use my meager solar capabilities to run it. Somehow, the internet connection is still working. I guess they build in a lot of automation and redundancy into the telecommunication systems. Luckily the weather has been nice. I wanted to share with the readers on how the preps have worked out and what we’ve learned since this ordeal started.
Wise brand long term food storage is good stuff. The cheesy lasagna tastes pretty good and even the kids like it. Bacon SPAM is amazing, even under high stress situations. It’s a little taste of home in a world of chaos.
My .270 Winchester is a superb long range zombie gun. If I crank the scope up to 9 power, I can pick them off at 300 yards or a little more. There haven’t been many zombies out here, but we see a few. Being able to take them out long before they know where we are seems to keep more from showing up. We did have one get up close, but the HiPoint carbine worked as advertised.
Getting information has been difficult to say the least. We saw zombies conducting the national news, but we don’t know whether they were infected or not. It’s hard to tell with the hosts of the major news networks. Local radio stations have started going off air, but they didn’t know any more than we did. We think it all started in New York with the Occupy Wall Street movement and spread quickly. Apparently dirty hippies were more dangerous than we thought. I always thought the self proclaimed “99%” were out to destroy our world, but I didn’t think they would do it in such a literal way.
I’ve never been an avid football fan,but I realize how much I miss college football. Since the Texas A&M Aggies literally devoured the boys from the University of Texas, all football games seem to have been canceled. I would imagine a virus that causes zombie-ism would transmit pretty quickly through a locker room.
The bug out location has a shallow well that we can dip with a bucket, so we don’t have to worry about getting water without power. This has been a lifesaver. We are also surrounded by a lot of ranch land. Cows are unaffected by the virus, and are pretty much going about their daily lives. Zombies seem to have no interest in the cows, so I think we have a sustainable, long term food source in case things don’t get back to normal soon.
I’m very glad to say we haven’t had to resort to my article about treatment for zombie bites. Everyone is in good health and good spirits.
It looks like a cold front is moving in, so I’m hoping for freezing temperatures. The zombies can’t move if they are frozen and it would give us a good chance to get out and see what’s going on with the world outside of the bug out location.
I’ll update further if anything new develops and the internet connection holds out.
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Since the article about tactical medical treatment was well received, I thought I should continue in that same area. Penetrating wounds can be very ugly, but one of the ugliest wounds a person can receive is a bite from a zombie. Zombie mouths are very unclean, and these bites almost always result in secondary infection. Treating the initial wound is pretty straightforward. This type of first aid is covered in the most basic kits, even the ten dollar “Band-Aid and Aspirin” kits available at the big box stores. We’ll cover primary and secondary treatments in this article.
Bite wounds can be pretty minor all the way to serious injuries. Luckily, humans don’t have really sharp teeth or long canines. It takes a lot of force to break the skin. Typically the result is bruising more than cutting or tearing. For bruising, simply wash the affected area with soap and water and administer a pain reliever for pain. You can also apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Remember, you never want to apply ice directly to the skin. If there is some bleeding or torn skin, the area will still need to be washed well with a good anti-bacterial soap and water. Once the area is cleaned thoroughly and dried, you can proceed with basic first aid. A simple bandage should do nicely to keep the wound covered.
The good news about these types of injuries is that they most often occur on hands and/or limbs. The likelihood of the actual bite being fatal is pretty slim. The bad news is the potential for infection. Bites from humans or animals are nasty enough, but if that bite is from a zombie, the resulting infection is bad news. If you are treating a victim for a zombie bite and the skin has been broken, your victim is almost certainly infected. The incubation period is 12 to 24 hours. After this time, your victim is technically deceased, but is probably still moving, moaning, and trying to violently bite you. At this point, treatment involves destroying the victim’s brain. Firearms work best, and I prefer .40 caliber handguns and .30 caliber rifles. Use what works best for you.
*Disclaimer: While the section on primary treatment of bite wound is sound advice, the secondary treatment is written for comic purposes. I do not condone shooting anyone in the head. However, if the person really has become the walking dead, please handle the situation as you deem necessary. And please let me know as soon as possible so I can bug out to an undisclosed location away from population centers.