Three steps forward for two back.
That’s about how much progress I’ve made today.
A simple twist of a knee and I’m back on sticks big time.
Damn it’s annoying when that happens and once again the realization that even a simple injury can incapacitate you. Once again having to rely on SWMBO to walk the dog and empty the honey bucket (aka cassette toilet).
I did a piece entitled “Walk alone?” where I discussed my ideal number of survivors and the dangers of being a lone wolf and getting injured. It’s a timely reminder of that philosophy and once again I’m so happy NOT TO BE ALONE.
So what actually happened?
Working in the boat, I’ve been improving the ventilation under the bed to combat condensation. To do that I’ve had to dismantle the bed “box” and put slats in its place. Great fun except as the world now marches to a metric scale and the boat? Well that’s still in feet and inches.
Ever thought about that?
You go into a shop and they mark things up as 2.4 m / 8 ft.
Like hell it is, it’s not even close.
So me working in old money i.e. imperial, I need 48 inches or 1.22m
Yet board only comes in 1.2 m or 1.5 m lengths.
Guess who’s got a LOT of firewood!
Anyway, juggling armfuls of wood and clambering on and off boats is strictly for idiots AND THAT WOULD BE ME! A stumble and bang one wrenched knee.
So what to do about it?
I’m not going to the doctors. Here in the UK you need to plan illness at least a month in advance in order to see a doctor and as for going down to A&E (Emergency Room)?
Me, voluntarily going into an unclean, melting pot of bio-poo and violence. Then sit there on a uncomfy chair for at least 4 hours minimum (the longest being 11) to see someone who will probably say “you’ve ripped a muscle (again), go home and apply cold compresses to it and stay off your feet”? Not a cat in hell chance of me doing that!
So it’s down to basic first aid, a hot water bottle to relax the muscles and stuff the cold compress, elevation and compression, with most complex of pain relief (paracetamol) as I can’t take NSAIDs anymore.
Anyone NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
A NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Examples would be ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN, and ADVIL.
They have a side effect in that they affect the clotting time of blood i.e. You clot slower. Thus Aspirin stops the pain and treats inflammation and also prevents blood clots (i.e., is antithrombotic).
You should not use aspirin if you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, or if you are allergic to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others. Do not give this medication to a child or teenager with a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox. Salicylates can cause Reye’s syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children. (Source)
Not forgetting Aspirin also can cause hives, facial swelling, asthma (wheezing), and shock. All severe allergic reactions.
Great isn’t it, except for all of the above it used to be our family’s cure-all until I got allergic to it
There again paracetamol (Tylenol) has its problems too. (Source)
Go on, look it up for yourself.
Sort of makes you realize why some first aid books say “DON’T GIVE DRUGS”. Now a few questions.
- In your first aid book, does it tell you all that?
- Does it list dosage and possible reactions?
- Are you carrying both types i.e. Aspirin (NSAID) and Paracetamol aka Tylenol (a non-opiate, analgesic)?
- Is there anyway you could mix up the two in dim light?
- What the treatments for reactions?
Ho hum, so many questions, so little time.
What started off as a laugh about me crunching my knee has talked about boats, ventilation, condensation, me being stupid, doctors and A&E, drugs, and your first aid book. ENJOY!