Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Take a First Aid class & make a kit
Never too soon to get ready for next summer.
Take a first aid class. Look for a wilderness class that doesn't ask you to call 911 as soon as you have the bleeding stopped and breathing restored. If you can't find the wilderness class, take the Red Cross Adult First Aid class or the best class you can find. Get all the info you can on how to handle the problems you might have to deal with when you're out of cell phone range.
Buy or make a first aid kit. It doesn't have to be big, but even a small kit can be a lifesaver...you might need to instruct someone how to use your kit to keep you going until you're out of the woods, so to speak.
I gashed my leg. In the kitchen. Simply fumbled a sharp knife that fell and slashed a leg vein. Bloody mess everywhere. The old first aid training kicked in, I put a clean compress on it to stop the gushing (laundry-clean dish cloth), held it tight until I hobbled into the bathroom for some tape. Taped it tight and got a ride to the E.R. for stitches. No real problem, just an inconvenience until it heals. That first aid training paid off.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero