Survivalist Tip: Today a relative of mine had minor knee surgery. Minor, of course, is purely subjective whenever doctors put you under anesthesia and you end up with a full bladder and can’t urinate because of the anesthesia. But, this reminds me of the importance of getting any elective surgical procedures out of the way before the apocalypse. This includes wisdom teeth extractions, appendectomies, mole removals and halitosis treatments. You don’t want to have to deal with the pain of the healing process while struggling to survive and keep kids, pets and paranoid spouses in line. Emergencies notwithstanding, give yourself plenty of time to get these procedures done and then get over the agony of the aftermath. And, from what I understand, recovering from halitosis treatments can be a real pain the gum line. This also includes having plenty of pain medicines and antibiotics in your cache of supplies. Pharmacies will be among the first businesses to be attacked by people who didn’t prepare for the upheaval. If you do have the misfortune of encountering a medical emergency in the midst of the chaos, hopefully your medicines will stabilize you until you can reach a physician. If not, just say to hell with it and make peace with the Mayan deities.