Dealing with medical emergencies solo: when it’s necessary to stitch up your own wound, pull out your own tooth, apply your own tourniquet

About two months ago, I sliced my leg open with a beer bottle. I work in a bar, so that was extraordinary in itself, but the depth was. Bone wasn’t visible, but everything else was. Luckily, it didn’t bleed too badly. My coworkers insisted that I needed stitches, but I just butterflied the bitch. Maybe I should’ve gone to the hospital, seeing as it took over a month to heal, and I’ve got a nasty scar out of it. Still, four weeks and no infection later, I recognize that I scraped by on the bare minimum. But, sometimes, that’s all that’s going to be available to you.

I had the luxury of being able to go to the hospital if my pride would’ve just let me. But that’s not always a reality. Whether because you are too far away from medical personnel or because there are none available, you’ve got to be prepared to deal with your own medical emergencies. Now there are some things that just aren’t possible (performing your own open-heart surgery, for example), but you’d be surprised what you’re capable of doing yourself if necessary.

Disabled, definitely not in shape: My story and basic approach

While not everyone is disabled, many Americans over the age of 30 are out of shape. You will be hard pressed to find one in a hundred who can carry a 25lb pack 25 miles in a day*, let alone a 50 lb pack the same distance and time.For myself carrying 25lbs 100 yards can do me in for a week, depending on the day of the month.

So we are faced with a dilemma, if we can train physically, but do not have the time to do so properly, what are our options? What if we are one of the millions of Americans who are physically disabled, some to the point of reduced ability to stand or walk in any formative way? Are we just supposed to sit back and let the hordes overtake us? Should we give up and die? Many of us have vast stores of knowledge and from experience as a physically disabled individual, many of us are quite capable, just mobility limited.

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EMT Training For Preppers

I suspect that one of the most neglected aspects of “Prepping” in the broader Prepper community is the acquisition of valuable skills. This is certainly not the case for many of the devoted fans of this blog as evidenced by the “What Did You Do To Prep This Week” feature where we learn of numerous participants who have acquired extensive skills in areas such as growing and preserving food, animal husbandry, radio communications, and many more. However, for many who are interested in prepping it is much easier to purchase “stuff” then it is to learn a new skill. There are likely many preppers who have stored seeds but never planted a garden, acquired an extensive collection of firearms and ammunition but never trained with them, and put together an impressive library of self-sufficiency books but never actually read any of them. They assume they will be able to quickly acquire skills when needed as long as they have the necessary materials. Of course, anyone who has undertaken to learn and refine such skills has realized there is often a very substantial learning curve, a fact that may prove disastrous in a time of crisis if that skill has not been developed beforehand.

Cut, Stab & Puncture Protection in an Austere Environment

One of the most primitive threats one can face is that of being cut, stabbed or punctured. These threats can manifest from an intentional attack, such as being stabbed by an attacker, or from negligence, like by stepping on a nail or cutting your hand while sifting through debris. While a relatively low percentage of the population has experienced being shot by a firearm, nearly everyone has experienced an accidental cut at some point in their life. Puncture wounds to the feet, grabbing vegetation with thorns or being bitten by an animal is far more likely to happen to you than being shot. Those that regularly work with tools know the importance of safety gear to prevent injury from equipment. Did you know that one of the most common weapons on the planet is a simple knife? And that it’s found in every city, town and country around the world?

Prepping With Herbs – Tips for Better Health Now and After the Grid Goes Down

My wife and I have for some time been researching and attempting to approach the issue of medicine in our preparedness. There are several websites that are dedicated to grid down medicine from a preparedness mindset. The information and instruction many of these sites offer are just as important as your water, food, and safety preps. There is the option of ordering medicines in powder form that are produced for exotic fish. No prescription required and available in bulk. This is a great source of antibiotics. I know of doctors who are aware of the dangers that we face in society today that will write prescriptions (non-pain meds) with an extra refill for their patients to put back. If you are one of these people that think this is unethical and illegal, you just go ahead and sign up for Obamacare and wait for the government to come and rescue you and everything will be okay.

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