Everyone has at least 1 Christmas wish; whatever that may be and the South East Ambulance Service last year was no exception.

What they said still works this year and now is the time to start thinking ahead. As one Christmas wish that no one wants is the need to call an ambulance over the festive period.

I have to say everything on the list makes sense. Especially the ordering of prescriptions and making sure the decorations go up safely. Gavin  knows exactly how dangerous Christmas lights and naked candles can be, if they go up!

First aid and medicines. What is all that about?

I can honestly say years ago I was caught out. Christmas and away from school, both Scott and Arran (my children) became ill. Did I have pain relief with Calpol- no. What about cough sweets and syrup- no. Or a hot water bottle where the top fitted and there was a comfy cosy cover wrapping it up- no.

I think you get the idea…

Now this was just as the internet was starting- so out came the Yellow Pages and Thompson Local (ask someone older if you have no idea what I am talking about).

We set about ringing the chemists in the area in the hope that on that Christmas Day someone would be able to save me from the coughing and spluttering.

Let me tell you, things were hard in those days- the mid 1990’s- no internet, no computers, no fancy mobile phone- how did we manage….

Seriously though, it does make sense to get bits and pieces for the ‘what if’s’ of Christmas illnesses.

  1. Pain killers for the morning after or if you have aches and pains.
  2. Cough and cold remedies.
  3. Indigestion tablets to help with acid reflux from the copious amounts of food and drink that is consumed.
  4. Teething gel, if you have a baby who is teething I have to say.

Oooh and the repeat prescriptions. Make sure you have those- there is a surge of babies born in September and not all those babies are planned for….

Have a look at the list SECamb produced, it made us all smile