Scobey, Montana - Medical Planning

We have to live from now until the _________ happens, right? Makes no sense to expect to survive our own personally expected future troubles if we’re already dead when they occur. I read an article in an AARP Bulletin. It had to do with a small town in Montana, and the doctor that lives there. Dr. Donald Sawdey moved to Scobey, Montana to raise his kids where they were safe, and where people were trustworthy. You can read about Scobey and its California transplant here. http://www.aarp.org/health/doctors-hospitals/info-06-2010/medicine_in_a_small_town.html

While the article in itself is plenty interesting, what I walked away from it with is something of an obvious point. We need to have access to health care suitable to our physical needs. I know, lots of “survivalists” will tout the importance of having “Where There is No Doctor” and “Where There is No Dentist” in their inventory. (I have them both, and you can, too. Go here and here .) They will tell you that, “Unless you can handle it now, on your own, with these simple herbs, you might as well forget about it ‘cuz there ain’t gunna be nobody to be holdin’ yer hand…” They are only partially correct. Yes, it very well may be that you will need to do it on your own, for yourself or family, but that is not the case right now (at least for most).Today, you can have, and should have, access to proper care. If you can arrange it so that you can maintain this through difficult times, all the better.

Learning the skills that will carry you through difficult times is important. Getting help right now, today,when you suffer a stroke, heart attack or get banged-up in a wreck is even more important. Now doesn’t care much for later when now means death. As I wrote above, we need to have access to health care suitable to our physical needs.

In Scobey, Montana, a man had a stroke.Being a remote town in the northeast corner of the state, only 15miles from the Canadian border, Scobey and its 1,200 hundred residents can not boast of the medical facilities of a larger city.The resources there are limited, but they do have a good doctor, and a clinic that is working to expand it capabilities via newer equipment and additions. The nearest town with more advanced abilities is Billings, about 360 miles away. The stroke victim was airlifted to a Billings hospital and recovered just fine. This was possible because of the good fortune awaiting him – an airplane was available….

Scobey’s situation highlights the difficult and the possible regarding remote living. Some preppers desire to move to more remote locations. The security such a move creates can be offset by the danger inherent in not having quick access to good medical care. I go against the hard core grain when I suggest that a retreat location should be located near enough to a good medical facility to suit your medical needs. In my case, I would feel comfortable with a half hour’s drive time to an emergency clinic, and a hour away from a facility with major medical care –some place that can perform surgery.

I am personally okay with my current arrangement, and since I don’t see it changing for my “optimum”arrangement soon, I’ll work with it. I am 15 minutes from a trauma center, 15 from a clinic, and 25 from a plan hospital equipped with all the advanced equipment for which I can see a need. Down the road,though, when I hope to relocate, I’ll need to add into my plans the search for adequate medical care.

What I want:

Within 90 minutes, a hospital that can diagnose and treat common, non-emergency medical conditions such as cancer, cardio-pulmonary issues, slow acting diseases, and things like non-emergency surgery.

Within 60 minutes, a clinic equipped to handle common illnesses, and potential trauma cases.

Within 15 minutes, access to resources such as paramedics, that can stabilize traumatic injury sufficient to allow for survivable transport to a trauma center.

Additionally, I would like to own a portable defibrillator device, or AED, like this one. If any of you are feeling nice, and would like to get one for me and my family, I’d really appreciate it!

I’m looking for a mixture of personal skills and resources, and the availability of professional care. It looks like Scobey’s medical community is working to approach that point for all of its residents. After reading the article, (and I recommend that all of you do…) I playfully mused that it might be an idea to become their latest transplant resident. My wife indicated otherwise though, and I had to agree. Still, it’s fun to think about, and when I take a trip to that great state to visit some family roots, maybe I’ll take a detour and visit that little town up there in the corner, and say hello to its fine doctor.

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