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I live in a backwoods area in vt. It would take me a while to get home but I would. We have a little community out here (were about 6 miles from town). Everyone out here hunts (except us) so I could borrow a gun and trade meat for our fresh brook water on our property. We often lose power dying storms and have a Woodstove. Plenty of trees in vt to use. I'd grab meds and have to deal with the withdrawal from the meds I'm on that are not life sustaining. I'd learn to make my own vegetables and live off of that while weather permits and meat during the winter. Never really thought about it, interesting idea.

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Wow, I was a little special when I typed this. During, not dying. And I would grow my own vegetables, not make them ;)

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pmFb, i drove with mini 14, 304d banna magazine :cool:

I well remember that drive. Cops where cowering in fear if you could find one at all. My buddy and I were working at USC hospital for army medic training. All hell broke loose when the verdict was announced. By the time our shift was over the east side of the city (where we were) was mass rioting. The hospital security tried to stop us from leaving but we brushed by him.

We got in to my little Toyota 4x4. I drove with my revolver on my lap and he rode in the back with my shotgun in his hands. We faced several road blocks but were able to drive up on banks and over ditches to get around them. We didn't shoot anyone (thank god). A few warning blasts from the shot gun were all that was needed. The rioters chose to look for softer prey. We stopped for cold drinks at a Korean owned store. They had a kid who looked 15 holding a Winchester 30-30 out front and another guy on the roof with a scoped bolt action rifle. Nobody was bothering them while buildings all around them were being looted and burned. Stepped inside the store and it was business as usual. Got our drinks, paid, were wished good luck and away we went. Probably the only time I will ever get away with walking into a store in down town LA with a revolver stuck in my pants with a guy carrying a shotgun and get away with it.

Got home to my families' place in north San Diego county to find about 10 messages on my answering machine (remember those?) from friends who wanted to barrow a gun. There was a lot of silly fear that the riots would spread south.

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Not a tough decision at all. I am no longer a nurse....

I am now a survivalist. It's me against what's left of the world. I would grab the beans, bullets and "bandaids".

It pains me to say it, but this. My "job" would no longer pay me anyway. It isn't as if they have cash sitting around and the world would quickly turn into a barter system. Law and order would be devastated. Looting, murdering, every-man-for-himself would swiftly take over (within a day or three) and those in the hospital are pretty much doomed. Medical care as we know it would cease within days....medications would rapidly run out, as would supplies, oxygen tanks, water, food. It is likely people would storm the hospital looking for meds, shelter, assistance with chronic illnesses that until now were able to be managed with medications that they no longer have after however much they happened to already have at home runs out.

I would go home to my family, make whatever plans we can. My youngest son would be dead within a month due to medications he needs being unavailable anymore. I would go home and grieve and do the best we can with whatever time we have left. We are in the suburbs and I don't imagine we'd make it very long.

Edited by not.done.yet

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Some sobering thoughts here.

My oldest child is dependent upon a cardiac pacemaker. I imagine that would be problematic for her when the battery died (again).

I bought the book last night.

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I hope to get out of the country, and living in the third world country that my parents emigrated from years ago. I wouldn't feel safe if SHTF in the US. Plenty of crazy people here would kill me just because I'm brown skinned. At least where my parents came from, people are used to living day to day with not very many comforts, and I can blend in easier. I have no loyalty to my place of employment. Hospitals and nursing homes will not be able to function anyway. I would feel bad for my patients, but death would be merciful instead of living in a first world country suddenly now a third world country.

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Great post, Ruby.

I just had a lecture regarding disasters and nursing. The thing that the lecturer stressed the most is that you have to take care of you first. Don't try to play "hero" because you may just end up getting killed, and that YOUR number one goal is to get back home alive and in relatively one piece. Also...

For those of you would say you would do it for the overtime or money, I think you are forgetting that in a post-apocalyptic world, money isn't going to mean a thing. You really think that little extra in cash that you may or may not receive is worth more than your life? You can't take the overtime cash with you when you die, folks!:facepalm:

As for what I would do? If this were to happen tomorrow, I am not going to work. I am a tech and a student nurse and half of my time is spent doing clerical work anyway. However, if I were a nurse at the NICU (where I hope to work), I would have a very hard time leaving the babies. They are truly helpless and if the nurses all decided to up and leave, they would die. I am single and childless, and I don't have any elderly parents at home that need me, so I imagine that at the NICU, I would stick it out for as long as I could, possibly get the parents to take home those feeder and growers who could make it (of course, the MD would have to be on board).

If I were working in a place with relatively healthy/stable patients, I'm not sticking around, as callous as that may be. And if I am at home when the disaster hits? I'm not going to work at all, regardless. I have a twenty minute drive, including highways. Much too dangerous.

Remember, in a disaster situation, YOU and YOUR safety are top priority. Always.

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I'm kind of surprised to see how many people on here see whether or not they would leave their job (when this happened) as a question of how loyal they are to their employer, and not how loyal they are to their patients. In this scenario, to me, the question of what I would do has nothing to do with my employer at all, but rather my commitment to other humans that I made by becoming a nurse.

I'm not a sappy, sentimental person by any means (in fact, quite the opposite), but my job has always had more to do with helping people than satisfying my employer and the last thing on my mind would be my employer in this hypothetical scenario. They wouldn't matter at all anymore, nor would money or overtime. But one of the first things on my mind would be my patients.

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I well remember that drive. Cops where cowering in fear if you could find one at all. My buddy and I were working at USC hospital for army medic training. All hell broke loose when the verdict was announced. By the time our shift was over the east side of the city (where we were) was mass rioting. The hospital security tried to stop us from leaving but we brushed by him.

We got in to my little Toyota 4x4. I drove with my revolver on my lap and he rode in the back with my shotgun in his hands. We faced several road blocks but were able to drive up on banks and over ditches to get around them. We didn't shoot anyone (thank god). A few warning blasts from the shot gun were all that was needed. The rioters chose to look for softer prey. We stopped for cold drinks at a Korean owned store. They had a kid who looked 15 holding a Winchester 30-30 out front and another guy on the roof with a scoped bolt action rifle. Nobody was bothering them while buildings all around them were being looted and burned. Stepped inside the store and it was business as usual. Got our drinks, paid, were wished good luck and away we went. Probably the only time I will ever get away with walking into a store in down town LA with a revolver stuck in my pants with a guy carrying a shotgun and get away with it.

Got home to my families' place in north San Diego county to find about 10 messages on my answering machine (remember those?) from friends who wanted to barrow a gun. There was a lot of silly fear that the riots would spread south.

it did a little bit in Shreveport, La

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I read the book a little over a year ago. At the time I remember my resolve to walk home, straight down the highway, 12 miles, were the event to occur.

I am VERY familiar with the location in which the story took place. For several months after I read the book, it gave me the pure willies just to be on the road driving anywhere around there!

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Interesting discussion, folks. :yes:

I don't have a job right now, but even if I did, work would NOT be my priority. My husband with stage IV pancreatic cancer comes first, and while he doesn't need care right now, he would if his chemo pills ran out. But then, I wouldn't be of any use after my meds ran out because I'd be completely off the spool and someone would probably take it upon themselves to shoot me. LOL

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