Showing posts with label medical. Show all posts
Showing posts with label medical. Show all posts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vision Update

In September I had eye surgery, PRK to be specific. Went in recently for my 90 day check up. Everything is good. Vision in the left eye is 20/15 and right has a very slight astigmatism so it is a bit better than 20/20 instead of 20/15. The 'halo' effect at night is gone or at least not noticeable enough to interfere with anything. I am still using the replacement tear eye drops but not very much. Probably put a drop or two in each eye 3-4 times a day and am not sure how much that is from need and how much from habit. Still wear dark glasses outside unless it's night time or real cloudy. Wearing glasses while using a PC I'm not so great at. Need to get a set of the glare cutting ones and keep them at work, actually I probably need to get 2 pair and keep them at work and home.

Anyway my eyes are great and it is completely life changingly awesome. Still weird occasionally. Just this morning I was groping around the nightstand for my glasses for a few seconds before realizing I don't wear them anymore. Great stuff.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two Days Of Hunger and a Day of Thirst

Disclaimer: Do not do this. I strongly urge you not to act on any of the
behaviors described in this post as they are fairly unhealthy for a person
in good health and could potentially be disastrous if you have some issue,
even one that has yet to be identified. DO NOT DO THIS!!!

What I did is a 2 day fast. So no food for 48 hours, actually slightly over
that. On the first day I drank all the water I wanted and since I wasn't
unhappy enough I decided to cut out water for the second day just to see
what happened.

Day 1- No food and normal water consumption. All in all day 1 was not too
bad. Slight desire to eat but it was more of a mental thing than a physical
one. No notice in change of concentration or physical capability.

Day 2- No food and no water. This sucked. Woke up and was hungry. The only
positive thing about not drinking water is that it made me not even think
about food. Endurance was significantly down, I just didn't have any energy.
Towards the end of the day my concentration and ability to think through all
but the most basic stuff was iffy. Became progressively more thirsty and my
mouth was quite dry. At the end of the day I could do real low energy stuff
like walking but if I had to lift heavy things or really run it would not
have gone so well. By the end of the day I was not making sound decisions and really just wanted to sit, while drinking water.

Day 3- Very glad the experiment was over. Drank 2 gatoraide's first thing then ate some breakfast. Didn't pee till about noon.

What does this tell me? For short term scenarios I can probably accept a bit
more risk by lightening some of my food loads. Should probably look at adding more water also. As a fun bonus it showed that I have the will power to do this sort of stupid thing. Occasionally I think there is value in making your body do something just to prove who is really in charge.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Guest Post: Ebola Observations From a Lowly Nurse

Hey Ryan, It's been a while.

As you may recall, I am a nurse and have been an active participant in mass casualty drills. I would like to impress upon the readers a few of my observations.

One. Take a look at the pictures of the workers in Africa. Most hospitals  don't even have that level of PPE gear hanging around. A post from AM said it best. Our gear is made to not spread it between compromised patients, not keep you from actually getting a disease with a 70% kill ratio.

Two. Third world countries are third world countries. They don't have as far to fall as we do. Mass casualty events in West Africa tax a system that already sucks. It just sucks more. America sits on a fine honed point of logistics and systems. Once we take a step off of the point, it's a long way to the sudden stop at the end.

Three. The very thing that we have going for us will be the thing that has to be controlled. The massive numbers of healthcare workers coming in to contact with potential carriers will exponentially increase the likelyhood of spreading the disease. In Africa, there is one doctor for 100,000 patients. That sucks if you're a patient, but it reduces the likely hood of passing it to the CT Tech on the first floor because some doc decided to check on your spleen. WE will actually have to throttle that very thing which makes our health system great. Resources and trained people.

The novel One Second After is a great resource for the health care outcomes of a disaster. It describes nurses going to work for a week and then reporting to quarantine (in this case for 21 days). 


I think that this is an event that bears close watching. Also, remember, small children can't use gas masks. Their respiratory system isn't strong enough to pull through the filter. Start looking at fire safety hoods and the like that are made for young ones.


Thanks gang,
Chadow

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Front Loading Medical Stuff

Food for thought. One of the less 'sexy' parts of preparedness is medical and dental stuff. Right now you can wait until a potential problem turns into a real problem and get it fixed in short order. So on one hand the incentive to get that tooth fixed or have the surgery done before absolutely necessary is minimal. However, especially for a survivalist or person who could get caught up in some sort of war or conflict that option will almost certainly go away.

The idea of a friend pulling a rotten or broken tooth out with pliers is far less than appealing. Ditto for having an existing but not urgent knee/ shoulder/ back problem flair up when I cannot get it fixed and really need to be able to perform.

The same could be said about 'family planning'. If you and the spouse positively do not want more children consider a permanent procedure to help avoid unplanned surprises at a time when picking up a 12 pack of Trojans is not an option.

Anyway this is your periodic reminder to get yourself physically squared away.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Huge News: PRK Eye Surgery Complete!

I have been wanting this for awhile and things finally came together. Didn't want to say anything beforehand because I could have been disqualified for one reason or the other up until the day of the surgery. Anyway my eyes are pretty sore and vision is a bit blurry. They say pain should subside over the next couple days and vision should continually improve over 3-4 months.

Anyway right now my  vision is infinitely better than my previous uncorrected (no glasses) vision so it is definitely a huge improvement.

The next couple of days posts are scheduled. I won't be around much because 'screen tie' honestly hurts my eyes.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Note: Correspondences and Due Out's

Over the next few days I may be slow about responding to emails and completing various due out's. Please bear with me.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Family Tent, Single Stack 9mm's and a Saturday Night ER Trip

Awhile back our larger tent finally kicked the bucket. Since, IIRC, my Dad bought it for me as a Freshmen in highschool it stopped owing us anything years ago but it still left a vacuum. Also honestly we needed a bigger tent. The one I had technically slept three which actually means it sleeps two unless 2 of the 3 are small children or all three are very intimately close.

Walker has been asking about it and since the budget was looking OK this month we decided to go get a tent. So we went to Academy in the nearest decent sized town and walked down to the tent aisle. Ended up with a big ole Coleman. Honestly it is a bit bigger than we want/ need but there is sort of a size gap in options and we'd rather be on the big end. It is like 12x7. Definitely a car or other mode of conveyance type tent.

We set it up in the living room so kiddo and I can sleep in it. Honestly sleeping outside when the low is 80 or so sucks so we are doing it inside.

On the door of the tent there is about an 8 inch lip at the bottom. Walker tripped on it and slammed his face into the floor biting his lip pretty bad in the process. Of course there was some blood and lots of crying. His sister joined in with some sympathy crying for good measure.

We got him cleaned up and the cut was pretty good, solidly in the 'maybe it needs stitches' range. So we hopped in the family hauler and went off to the ER. Just what everyone wants to do at 6pm on a Saturday. The injury was more in the 'urgent care' range but with our medical coverage it is ER, a few rare same day appointments (M-F of course) or waiting several days to a month for an appointment. Consequently in addition to relatively minor issues like Walkers there are always lots of moms with kids who have the snivels.

I dropped Wifey and Walker off then went to do a couple things with Princess.

Walker got checked out and the verdict was since the deep cut is inside his mouth (vs the lip) they would not do stitches due to infection concerns (and I think the mouth cures pretty well plus a scar there is not an issue).  The advice was to feed him lots of popsicles and keep an eye on it.

We had a quick drive thru dinner on the way back. After getting home we let him watch a tv show then it was bed time. Read stories in the tent and he passed out shortly after.

I have been doing some more thinking and research on Single Stack 9mm's. I have been looking at the S&W Shield for awhile but recently came to a revelation. I think the Shield is a tiny bit too big to really be a meaningful difference from other guns on the inventory.

The Shield is 4.5in tall which for reference is roughly in the middle between a Glock 26 (4.1in) and a Glock 19 (4.99in). Honestly (and interestingly my initial observation from the first time I handled it) the Shield is sort of closer to a single stack COMPACT pistol in terms of height and grip length than a true subcompact.

As I have learned with small guns you can always get a bit more grip (and usually an extra round) with a mag extension but if you want a gun to be smaller, to say fit in a pocket, you cannot remove a half inch off the grip of a larger handgun.
Now I want to get my hands on a couple other guns to see if they might better suit my needs.

Going to read some junk on the net, watch a bit more TV then go to sleep in a tent that's in my living room.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

An Accident and a First Aid Kit Lesson

Not too long ago I had an accident. Was coming into the garage carrying something heavy and needed to move the garbage can back to clear room. With one hand I grabbed for it . The can's top was open and I caught my hand on a piece of plexiglass that was sticking out at an odd angle. Skewered my thumb pretty good in the process. By the time I pulled my hand back blood was pouring out pretty good. Applied pressure with my other hand. Got into the kitchen then grabbed the first piece of material I could see which was a washcloth. Stuck that over the cut and kept applying pressure to stop the bleeding.

By this point the cursing and commotion had brought Wifey into the kitchen to find out what was going on. Seeing me holding my thumb and (small amounts) of blood all over the answer was obvious. She asked what I needed her to get. I knew this was definitely not a band aid cut but also wasn't bad enough that it would not heal on it's own so I said gauze pads and tape.

Wifey went to the linen closet where the medical stuff ended up in the recent move in/ unpacking efforts. The stuff was in a cardboard box in no particular order. Eventually Wifey found some big wound dressings and vet wrap which was good enough. We got my cut wrapped up which took care of the pressing issue.

This accident made it pretty clear to me that we needed to move and organize the first aid stuff. I figured the kitchen was the logical place to keep first aid stuff. It is the place we are most likely to have cuts due to food prep and cooking. Also like most American homes the kitchen is the central, if not focal point of the house. Most specifically it is where the doors to the garage and back yard are.

Today I talked with Wifey to find a space in the kitchen (decisively her territory) where some first aid stuff could go. Thankfully our kitchen has a fair amount of cabinet space. She found a space for me to put some stuff. In that space I put the following stuff:
1 box bandaids (various sizes)
1 box 2x2 gauze
1 box 4x4 gauze
1 box 5x9 gauze pads (never know)
1 roll athletic tape
1 roll paper tape
Neosporin
Iso Alcohol
vet wrap

My purpose here was not to make an all encompassing first aid kit but set out the stuff to deal with realistic issues we are likely to face in our home, typically cuts and scrapes. The only thing I plan to add is an IFAK, or really a beefed up version of one along the lines of a CLS bag. 

In putting this stuff together it became apparent to me we do not have a good household first aid kit. We have a decent kit in my vehicle and a good one in the family hauler but it's pretty aparant we need a dedicated home kit. A kit like this or this would be good. We have the components but a nice put together setup would be handy in case I/ we need to grab something to run out to the yard, help a neighbor or whatever.

So we are better prepared for dealing with basic scrapes and cuts now. Also I put the rest of our stuff into a clear tub (vs a box) then after looking through it went to fill some small holes. So in terms of medical stuff it was a pretty productive day.

How is your first aid stuff organized?



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Note from Camping Survival

Good morning,

The good folks from Camping Survival recently traveled to Ohio a few weeks ago and interviewed Chuck Fenwick of Medical Corps, the manufacturer of our KIO3 potassium iodate tabs. They made a video of the interview and while it's long, We are very excited as it came out great and is jam packed with terrific info. Here it is. Please spread the word as this is hot!

Also, tomorrow May 15, is the last day of our Mountain House freeze dried foods sale.  Last day to get these massively discounted priced and we still have tons of stock and are shipping out quickly.


-Camping Survival

Friday, April 5, 2013

Death Squads, What Collapse Looks Like and Things To Do Now

Well it looks like the friendly (snark) local Aryan Brotherhood offed that DA and his wife, as well as the Colorado prison department guy in Colorado and probably the ADA from Texas. As AM noted recently Assistant Attorney Jay Hileman stepped down from prosecuting an Aryan Brotherhood case. Part of me says the dude should man up and do the job Texas is paying him to but on the other hand I can see his perspective. The guy took the job to bridge into something else and now all of a sudden some crazy honkeys are killing folks in the exact situation he was in. As AM noted this is bad.

I do not know what will happen. It is worth noting this is how death squads come to be. Some group either Criminal or Revolutionary in nature (yes there could be others but lets keep it simple)  decides to start hitting back at the cops and or soldiers (for the sake of flow I will just say cops from here on). The cops decide that it sucks when they are being attacked and killed. In small to medium sized groups they decide to do something about it. Given that they are the cops who have significant discretion about which cases to pursue and where to pursue them, especially with politically marginalized people, the odds of getting caught are about zero. Cops know who the bad guys are, who their friends are and where they hang out. Maybe they go all Vick Mackey and bend some rules, slap some folks around for info or whatever; or they might go strait to 'black sight prisons, torture and summary executions and shallow graves. In the big picture it doesn't really matter because it is bad.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Actions by angry groups of armed men are typically violent. Once the pro regime death squads get going the anti regime (criminal or revolutionary) death squads are sure to follow, if they do not exist already. The tit for tat spiral goes into full effect. The end result is Iraq from 2006-2010ish, the dirty wars in South America or Mexico right now. For those who are not up on their current history that means very bad. Tons of people getting killed or just vanishing. Some are legit players in the conflict but many, of not most, are normal folks ratted out for personal reasons or just at the wrong place during the wrong time.

This is the kind of thing that happens with the mob in Italy or tribal groups in Iraq during the bad years. It leads to a paralyzed system in the short term due to turnover. Eventually folks get into these positions who are not inclined to prosecute these cases unless it's a slam dunk (like caught on live TV and the guy says his name out loud) or maybe even not at all. It would be difficult to overstate the impact this sort of thing has on rule of law.

Along other lines (well except mooching off AM for material;) we need to know that collapses do not typically happen in a day. Rome wasn't going great then all of a sudden those pesky Germanic Hordes showed up. One could make a legitimate argument that right now is what collapse looks like.

What can we do? Long term shelf stable food and dehydrated emergency food are good options. Ammo and precious metals are always good ideas.  A quality water filter is essential. All old hat.

Today I had a couple of cavities filled. Not so long ago I went to the eye doctor to get a couple extra sets of glasses. Wifey has done or is about to do these things. We make sure the kids stay current on all their stuff too. Typically these are things that get put off or delayed when money gets tight, which it is now for about everybody. Best case you still have a job but magical price increases that are clearly not  inflation are decreasing purchasing power.

I urge you to take care of this stuff ASAP. A tooth that you've been putting off getting fixed would be a real problem if things go all Argentina on us. Ditto for needing a spare set of spectacles. If your family need medicine it would be prudent to stock some. Yes it costs money, sometimes a lot of money. However I can't see medical/ dental/ optometry care getting cheaper, more available or better in the next couple years. Quite frankly I suspect the opposite is going to happen. In other words that filling or new pair of glasses you are putting off now will be even less affordable in a year. They may just plain be out of the reach of many folks who are currently in the middle class.

Along the health and fitness effort line work on getting into shape. Also slowly work to make your addictions into luxuries. In other words decrease frequency and consumption such that if you need to stop using them it is not a big deal. Do this a bit at a time and it doesn't suck that bad. I'm down to 2 cups of coffee a day and more days without beer than with so it can be done. It's not fun but sure beats needing to quit these things because you do not have and can not get them during an already stressful situation.

 That covered a lot of ground but hopefully everyone got something out of it.Get moving and do something.

Thoughts?





Monday, March 4, 2013

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

A few things happened here. Recently I have put some time and energy into stocking a few extra household items. Stuff like laundry soap, light bulbs, etc. Also picked up a few OTC meds and a half gallon of 'emergency whiskey'. While obviously not a good choice for some emergencies but for plenty of more likely ones 2 drinks at the end of a long day would be nice. It isn't a bad idea to stash some of whatever you like.

Didn't really do a long run but overall last weeks fitness efforts went decent. 

Ended up selling off the crimson trace laser grips that came with my new revolver. They are cumbersome for concealed carry being fairly large for a small gun like a J frame. They are just subtly too big to really let the gun do what I want. Also I shoot it better using the sights anyway. It's true they may be useful someday but that potential day is a long way off and during that time many new developments will likely come into play. Long before then I will probably be running red dots on my defensive pistols anyway. Also it dropped the price point for the little wheel gun which was nice. More importantly along with another sale freed up some cash for some things I will keep to myself at least for now.

Well that is what I did to prepare this week. What did you do?






Sunday, November 18, 2012

Product Review: Tourni-Kwik AKA TK4

These Tourniquets have been discussed around the blogosphere. To be honest I ordered a few as a lark when getting stuff to make a few more IFAK's awhile back. The idea of an affordable compact TQ appealed to me and at a bit over 5 bucks a piece why not.

The Tourni-Kwik TQ is basically a 40" bungee cord made of 2" (or maybe 1 3/4 in any case the same size as the rigger belt on m waist) elastic. The hooks are big S type hooks like well a bungee cord. They are securely attached with 3 metal clamp things. The product's fit and finish is roughly aligned with the price point but they seem to be solidly serviceable and within their fairly disposable nature plenty rugged.

The way the Tourni-Kwik is employed happens to be pretty simple. Slap it on, loop the hook around the elastic, crank it the other way, wrap it tightly then slip the loose end under the top layer of it. 

The Good:
Very affordable at $5.55 from Chinook Medical and comparable prices elsewhere. The benefit of the low price point to me is that you can have them all over the place, give them to like minded friends as a stocking stuffer, spot 3 to a broke buddy without a thought or whatever.

They are also smaller than other TQ's. About the size of a can of a squared off can of chew. Since they are mostly elastic without a long windlass they are more pliable and able to fit where you want them to go then other models.

The Bad:
While technically able to be employed one handed it requires IMO a couple of relatively fine motor skills (hooking the S hook to the elastic so it stays on and wrapping the end hook under the elastic to hold it in place) that can be difficult to really execute under stress. Of course training is the answer but I still have my doubts.

The Ugly:
The main criticism I have heard is that the Tourni-Kwik lacks a windlass device to really tighten it up. This is accurate. That being said 40" of strong elastic wrapped tightly will really constrict. Still it is like something held by a bungee cord vs a cranked down ratchet strap.

Do they work? I think a Tourni-Kwik would work a whole lot better than a host of improvisational methods. Note how I framed that answer. It is worth noting that none of these methods are absolutely 100% and getting seriously injured is by definition quite dangerous.

Yeah yeah yeah "What is your life worth?" I would counter that some people simply cannot afford to spend $33 on a CAT which means $60-70 on an IFAK. Getting a Tourni-Kwik instead of a CAT or whatever takes the cost down to more like $25 which is much easier on the budget. listing all the possible places you might like to have a TQ and multiplying that by $30 would get out of control really fast. For the price of a CAT a family of three could each have two TK models or a family of 6 could each have one. That family would be a whole lot better off than if mom or dad had a single more expensive tourniquet. 

While comparison is natural weighing this product against a $27ish SOF T or a $33ish Combat Applications Tourniquet is sort of lop sided and arguably missing the point. Expecting a $150 Charles Daily to do what a Benelli M1 can or a Hyundai Accent to do what a Lexus can is asking for disappointment.  I do not expect the TK models to perform exactly like a CAT because they cost 1/6th as much.

Our primary tourniquets are CAT models and that is not going to change. I have trained with them and like the way they work. However as noted before once you start thinking of all the places it might be nice to have a TQ the cost gets crazy in a hurry. I am quite comfortable with these as a backup or the 3rd TQ in a kit.

If you are in the market for a TQ but seriously short on cash, or are looking to put a dozen extras away then it is worth looking at the Tourni-Kwik.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that. 






Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sick Household Blues

We are down with a nasty stomach bug. Thankfully this is not the Oregon Trail or kid #6 would be toast for sure. Seriously kids on that show are like the random guys who went to the planet with Kurt and Spoc on Star Trek.

My gratitude for endless clean water as well as waste removal and modern over the counter drugs like knock off Imodium AD and Pepto Bismol as well as the re hydrating power of Gatorade is impossible to express. Unfortunately Wifey is pretty far along in the pregnancy so her medical choices are far more limited. Kiddo puked once and had a mild case of the runs but today is just fine.

Hopefully this clears up pretty quick because both adults down the the count and a crazy 2 year old is a rough combination. Anyway I hope your Saturday is going a lot better than ours is.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Elections, Life and Family

The presidential election is over. I am almost entirely ambivalent about it. In many ways except party catch phrases the 'solutions' being offered were very comparable.

I considered doing some panic buying but things are pretty solid on most fronts. A few more magazines for the .22's will be ordered shortly. After that things will be pretty good here. Also we have other areas where that money would be better spent.

The last couple days have been pretty crazy here. We've got some medical stuff going on. I will probably say more down the road when things are clearer. Something can be nothing or it can be something so I'll be intentionally vague for a bit.

I have been talking with some of our advertisers and there is good stuff coming up. Expect lots of product reviews as well as give away's and contests. This stuff should be fun and interesting for everybody.

Right now I am cooking up some brownies for Wifey and Walker in the Sun Oven. Will post the results and an in progress review later today or tomorrow.

So that is what's going on here.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Busy Saturday: Night Sights, Good Food and Big Fun

Today we were all over the place. This morning we went to the farmers market in town. It was pretty small but was still fun. We got some pistachios and kiddo got a cookie. Ran down to Wally World for a garden hose and picked up some .357 ammo to help fill that shortage and a Blackhawk holster for the Glock 19. After taking it home and fiddling with it I wasn't very happy. The retention seems to be some weird little plastic thing that seems really flimsy. It will get returned on our next trip there.

Recently Tam talked about some night sights. Since I like stealing borrowing ideas from folks who are more knowledgable than me on a given subject and I needed some night sights for my heater a set were ordered. They showed up the other day and I took them to the local gun shop for installation. I should order the tools to do this sort of thing myself but it would probably take forever to recoup the costs. Anyway they were nice enough to put them on right away and didn't charge me anything. These folks understand building relationships and the concept of a loss leader. Since I owed them one and needed some things anyway one of those new 25 round .22 magazines and a Galco Matrix paddle holster came home with me. Both were on the list so it was an easy decision. For small purchases a local dealers slightly higher price is less than shipping anyway. The sites seem quite nice, fast to acquire but still capable of deliberate shots.

We also checked out the local food coop which was great. They had all sorts of interesting food and homeopathic/ alternative medicine stuff. After that we hit a new park which was big fun for the kid. Shortly therafter we went home to make dinner and were in for the night.

Anyway lots of fun stuff happened and the Glock has sweet new sights.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

RE: Southern Prepper 1 Video Thoughts, What Would I Do..

I posted a video from Southern Prepper 1 a couple weeks back. It has been in the back of my head since then. The things I would do if I KNEW an economic collapse was coming in say 6 months are as follows in no particular order:

1) Secure 6 months of all medications we use.
2) Get a new bike for me (mine was stolen) and ensure the wife's is ready and functional. Stash extra tubes, tires and chains and such.
3) Sell the SUV we shipped from Germany and purchase a small commuter car. Depending on how bad things might get fuel may still be available but more expensive. A little car would let us do things that are not easily walkable at the lowest possible cost.
4) Stash lots of food.
5) Buy a better small solar setup.
6) Finish off a variety of loose ends. Just small stuff really.
7) Have more of my available liquid cash on hand than in the bank.
8) Have developed and refined a couple more systems for light and heavy (vehicle) bug outs.
9) Purchase a small (5X8 or 9ish) enclosed trailer.
10) Store some gasoline.
and one more for the bonus
11) Ensure we had the next 2 sized of clothes and shoes for the kid(s).

Of course I would also pull out everything we have in the bank and stocks and convert it into PM's or readily barter able stuff but that is kind of gaming the scenario. 

Anyway most of this stuff is what we should be doing anyway. Might not be a bad little list to work on.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?

In addition to kicking butt at the weight pile I am feeling better than I have in a long time. Looks like I may have finally kicked that cough. I am excited to start kicking butt at running. Some other good stuff happened this week.

I ordered a Benchmade Griptillian as part of my birthday.


From Chinook Medical

*ITEMS ORDERED:
Qty: 4 Item: 02122 Price: $3.67 - Nasopharyngeal Airway, 32Fr
Qty: 4 Item: 05157 Price: $5.55 - Tourni-Kwik TK-4 Combat Tourniquet
Qty: 4 Item: 05131 Price: $6.01 - Israeli Emergency Bandage - 6"
Qty: 3 Item: 02189 Price: $12.71 - Tension Pneumothorax Decompression Needle, 3.25"
Qty: 4 Item: 05143 Price: $1.45 - PriMed Compressed Gauze Bandage
Qty: 1 Item: 05166 Price: $39.99 - QuikClot 1st Response 50g (3 pack)

If the contents didn't show I am putting some IFAK's together. Anyway it was a good week here.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saturday Randomness

Today was a pretty good day. Our weather finally snapped out of early spring nastiness if just for the day. We went out to a you pick field which was pretty fun. Kiddo had a good time. He didn't quite get putting them into the bucket but ate it all instead. The fruit we picked was pretty cheap which was cool. Far cheaper (healthier and fresher) than we could get in a store. This was definitely a reminder that we want to be close to our food. Producing some of our food would be ideal but with my job that can be problematic. Certainly we can buy from farmers markets (did it in the South) and if possible look into coop and group buy type stuff.

Went through and layed out my purchasing priorities for the next few months using my Intentional Purchasing Plan. Using this as a forcing function to put more money into medical stuff, alternative energy and food will probably make things much better balanced. Incidentally I planned to buy a bunch of medical stuff to put together a few IFAK's tonight but the Chinook Medical website, or at least my connection to it, is on the fritz. Sure it will be up tomorrow or the next day.

I stumbled onto the Hillpeoplegear site. Their recon kit bags are probably the best way to carry concealed on your body with a ruck on your back that I have seen. The stuff isn't cheap but I have heard good things about it. Don't need anything they make but some of their stuff would be aweful nice and make the outdoors more comfortable. In a couple years when, having squared up more basic stuff, I can afford some luxuries they will get some money from me.

A big highlight in our recent lives is getting hulu plus running through the Wii. We get a lot of TV for $7 a month which is pretty cool. We are enjoying watching Lost. As we have been over here for almost 3 years we are pretty behind the TV power curve. Some new entertainment opportunities are surely enjoyed in our house.

We had a pretty good Saturday here. Tomorrow will be a pretty quiet day as we take care of a lot of household stuff like grocery shopping and laundry on Sunday's. Anyway I hope you all are having a good weekend.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Intentional Purchasing Plan

Last night I realized that my purchases in terms of stores and survivalist stuff have been all over the map for awhile now. I got motivated to build a few more IFAK's which is a great idea. Also I got to looking into longer term 'feminine hygiene' solutions. All of this is good stuff but there is no order. The point is that I need a way to manage my resources more evenly. I probably tend to gravitate towards certain areas at the detriment of others.

I have done pretty well at rank ordering stuff within a given category. I can figure out what the most important thing is, then the next, the one after that, etc. However between different categories it is a bit of a mess. Divying up money between categories and working down their respective lists makes the most sense to me.

Here is what I came up with. Dedicated survivalist funds will be spent in the following manner:
50% food, water, various cleaning and ancillary household stuff like dishwashing soap, bleach, etc.
25% Medical and communications/ alternative energy
25% Defensive stuff and gear/ wilderness survival items
(Note: precious metals, savings and investments are not addressed here as their plans are working fine)

The simplest way to do this I can see is to do it is Medical and Communications/ Energy one month, food the next, then defensive stuff and finally food again. Putting percentages into each every month really split my effort as the amounts involved would be below the threashhold for many common purchases. By going with one area a month I can cover most purchases or save up for bigger ones if need be. That food is weighted higher is because it is really important and also where it is right now in our overall priorities. Having been here for a few years I have been able to take care of a lot of stuff but food has lagged behind due to multiple long moves.

 I think these categories pretty much cover the major bases. Medical and communications/ alternative energy is not at all a cohesive category but it seemed easier to group those than having a half dozen categories. I know some stuff doesn't fit perfectly into any of these categories but using common sense and the rough groupings outlined above it should work out OK.

Personal money and gifts/Christmas/ Birthday's etc are going to stay discretionary. I regularly use 50-75% of this money towards survivalist purposes but reserve, if just to myself, the right to do this as I please or not at all. Sometimes I want a bottle of good scotch or a book or whatever. These should also be a pretty good valve for little things that come up or when I all of a sudden decide that X is super important or would just be really cool.

Anyway I am going to give this a shot. I think at least 4 months should give me a clue if it works, needs to be changed or just scrapped.

Do you have some sort of intentional purchasing plan? If so what is it and how is it working for you?




Sunday, June 3, 2012

Azimuth Check

I have stolen this title from Lizard Farmer who runs an excellent newish blog that focuses on retreat/ farm/ ranch defense. His post was more a check on how folks thought his blog was doing. I will head in a different direction. My azimuth check is more about the direction from where my/ your overall situation was to where we want it to be. I will break it into a few categories.

Finances:
How is your debt situation? Do you have any debt with an adjustable or otherwise particularly high interest rate?

Do you have some savings for if something happens?

Do you have some money accessible to buy things if there is an event that interupts normal banking (this means cash on hand)?

If you can afford it have you considered putting some money into precious metals? There isn't a right or wrong answer to this one. Folks differ widely on this topic.

Health:
Are you and your family of a reasonably healthy body weight? If not are you making tangible progress towards getting there?

Do you have any health/ medical/ dental issues that could be improved but have not been? Maybe you need an elective surgery or have been putting off dental work or need to get into physical therapy to get something worked out. Bringing us back to the last question it is utterly amazing how many medical issues decrease or go away if you get to a reasonably healthy body weight.

If applicable do you keep a stash of essential perscription meds on hand? Keeping 30 days on hand is ok, 90 days is pretty decent and will cover a lot of issues but of course more is better. It may mean paying out of pocket but consider the alternative which is, to varying degrees, very ugly.

If applicable do you have at least a pair of spare glasses in your current perscription (two or three would be better)?


How are your chompers doing?

How are you doing at physical fitness? Can you walk long distances with a load? Run fast for short periods and slower for longer ones? Control your body weight through a variety of tasks and obstacles? Lift heavy things or carry another person?

Skills and Training:

Can you make a fire? At night? Can you do it when it has been raining for a week strait?

Can you find your way around with a compass and a map?

Can you make or improvise some sort of shelter to be as comfortable as possible in a variety of situations?

Can you turn basic staples like flour, rice or wheat into a decent or even tasty meal?

Can you grow or raise your own food?

Can you find or gather food from fishing, hunting, plant gathering or something else really cool I have never heard of?

Can you fix stuff? Mechanical things? Small arms? Brick and mortar? Wood? Plumbing? Electrical?

Can you engage targets with personal weapons in realistic circumstances?

Can you organize a defense be it at home or in some sort of hasty situation?

If the Chinese invade or whateveer can you plan and execute small unit Red Dawn/ partisan/ G style offensive operations?

Stockpile and Equipment:

How is your food storage doing?

Do you have personal weapons as well as the stuff needed to use them? Do you have some spare parts, cleaning stuff and ammunition to keep your guns running without a trip to Wally World or the local gun shop?

How are you doing at storing all of the other stuff like medical supplies, batteries, fuel, cleaning and hygiene stuff, spare parts, etc all to keep on keeping on as well as you can without outside assistance?

Is the stuff you have put together into kits or packages or systems that will meet your needs on short notice?

I am sure there are some good questions that I missed. This covers a ton of ground so do not be ashamed if there are some areas where you fall short. My goal is to give you some areas to think about and see where you are at. Every one of these questions is not equally applicable to all situations. Like many things you would be well advised look at these questions with brutal honesty, action what is applicable and disregard what is not.

Hope you all had a great weekend!










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