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Injuries

Permanent Linkby eastbay on Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:01 am

Two weeks ago I injured my left knee. I have no idea what caused it. As many of you may recall, I am a very active person biking regularly, lifting weights, jogging, and engaging in a wide variety of common exercise activities, so it could have been caused by just about anything. The area just above my kneecap started hurting out of the blue and as a result I can no longer run, bike, walk properly, or move up or down stairs without moving very slowly. So I decided to limp and assumed the pain would just go away quickly healing itself as nearly all injuries will. After all, it only hurts when I move it.

Then last Saturday morning, as I was slowly working in the back yard, my lower back unexpectedly 'gave out' and I collapsed straight to the ground. I loudly yelled out in pain and my neighbors on each side of me came running over offering aid. My daughters also ran over and I quickly explained to the growing crowd that it was not a broken bone or a cardiovascular issue and all I needed was a lift back to my feet, which the girls thankfully provided. I thanked my neighbors for their concern, and explained to all that this sudden and sharp back pain has occurred many times over the years and each time in a week or so all is once again just fine, so I know the drill.

But this time I have two injuries at the same time which is new. As usual, I've chosen to allow nature to perform her miraculous work and deal with this new collection of injuries from home with rest, proper diet, and, at just about everyone's suggestion: ice packs. With peak oil and economic collapse on my mind, it got me thinking about how much we rely upon the proper functioning of our bodies and how in a collapsed economy we will need to address nearly all injuries on our own, much as our ancestors did. We have to become self-reliant and not run to the doctor each time we get hurt and instead use this service sparingly saving this costly yet oftentimes necessary specialized care for truly serious issues.

We have medical coverage, but the days of the $5.00 co-pay are over. Now it's a $20.00 co-pay, plus another $40.00 co-pay if they send you to a specialist, which no doubt they would in a case like this. Oh, then they will prescribe a host of exotic modern medicines which would likely mean an additional $50.00 if I'm lucky, and I just don't want to pay or take unpronounceable drugs when nature can perform the healing for me.

As our Common Disaster unfolds we will be called upon to engage in increasingly more strenuous physical labor requiring our bodies to be at or near perfect working order at all times. Wisconsin cur's recent blog posting about gloves got me thinking about how generally soft we've become not only in our hands, but in all areas of our bodies and also in our thinking regarding common ailments. As time passes, and as we age, injuries will undoubtedly occur more frequently and yet the increasingly hard physical work needed to maintain our ever decaying homes and prepare our crops will not wait. Taking a trip to visit the doctor for each injury will not be an option. Reducing our reliance on the medical system and increasing our faith in nature will be the course we will take whether we want to or not. We really need to get serious about this and increase our knowledge of home remedies and start down the path to medical self-reliance.

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Re: Injuries

Permanent Linkby eastbay on Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:06 pm

Got attacked by a swarm of hornets this afternoon. Several dozen stings here and there. Ran like mad into a building and was followed in by many, many of them. In a short time we (the woman inside and I) managed to get them out. But the woman inside got stung on her neck in the process.

Fist time ever getting stung for me. I sat and waited around 30 minutes to determine if I possessed a special allergy to such stings. I apparently do not, thankfully. I found out why the little jabs and pokes these hornets inflict on us are called 'stings'. It's because they hurt and STING LIKE CRAZY! For treatment I did absolutely nothing and here I am 3 hours later and that strategy is working just fine. Now I know what to do for multiple hornet stings.
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