I was a little whiny about packing my gun and then I measured it’s weight loaded and it’s only two pounds! There are lighter weight alternatives but two pounds is really not a lot of weight to add to my little fanny pack of Every Day Carry (EDC) gear. What I found interesting is my gun did not seem as heavy to carry today since I weighed it! I need to get used to the extra weight so it becomes just a part of my routine but it seems a lot easier now. I have to watch myself because I still fall victim to “Normalcy Bias” and forget that just because something didn’t happen in the past does not mean it can’t happen in the future.
Had a very nice visit with my aunt stopping by to pick up the spent beer grains. She gave me two bottles of goat’s milk for my projects and I gave her some of the comfrey salve. Her husband was recently stung by a wasp and he put some of the pain salve on it and in a minute or less the pain stopped and the swelling subsided and then one their friend’s daughter got stung and they tried the salve and it worked great and they want to get some of the pain salve to have on hand. While my tests have not been scientific this salve seems to work great even on skeptics so I think we can rule out a “Placebo” effect. I was a little surprised about how well the salve worked with wasp stings and I wonder if it is the natural beeswax that is the effective ingredient and the Essential Oils are soothing and the coconut oil acts as a carrier easily absorb into the skin. I don’t think that Essential oils are a miracle cure for everything but they do seem to be very effective as a home made pain remedy.
We had to stop by the vet and pick up Mom’s dogs that had a little dental surgery and I got to look at a few items the have for pet medicines and found I.V. bags of saline and ringers lactate for sale. The Army gave me a class called “Combat Lifesaver” and I learned to give I.V.s and also have all the equipment to make it happen but I do not have the bags. I have a place I can go and stock up on a few bags which will up my medical supplies for supporting a patient. From what I have been reading about Ebola the most critical aspects are isolation, a very aggressive treatment of symptoms and supporting the patient with fluids. All of medical care consists of keeping the patient alive while giving the body a chance to heal itself and 50%-75% of what goes on in most hospitals is supportive care to keep the body going while it heals, so having away to deliver fluids directly into the bloodstream is a big deal. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea make it hard for a care giver to keep a patient hydrated so I.V.s are the answer. People will die, heck people die everyday but by adding to your medical preps you can start stacking the odds in the patient’s favor, know you did all you could to help a person.
Your preparations don’t mean you will survive! All you are doing is trying to stack the odds in your favor. Don’t die from being “stupid” or from things you can control. You can’t control the economy, political process or Mama nature, but you can do a lot to try and mitigate the risks from those things.