Author:  eastbay [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:01 am ]
Blog Subject:  Injuries

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.


Author:  General Doom [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:03 am ]

I think increasing our acceptance of death will play a role as well. My sympathies for your pain.

Author:  eastbay [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:10 am ]

Yes, as important as accepting death is and while that thought passed through my mind as well, I thought it would be better addressed in a separate discussion. But here is fine too. They are interconnected... especially since home remedies will not always perform as desired. And we will be dealing with death more and more as time passes, not only because we are all aging, but for the other reasons related to Our Common Disaster which we all know are gathering about.

My light-weight pain will pass shortly, but the issue will only get more apparent as time passes.

Author:  kpeavey [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:36 am ]

A funny line I use now and then: the older I get, the longer it takes and the more it hurts.

I'm 43. The days of working full steam, non-stop, all day are waning. Those activities I could do easily in the past are proving to be a bit more brutal. It is important to understand the limitations our bodies have, but also important to understand that the limits can change, often without warning. I could stack firewood all day when I was younger. If I do it now, I may wake up with a back so sore I can barely get out of bed.

That's the way it goes in life.

Preparing for medical emergencies is all well and good, part of any fully rounded plan. Preparing for the day to day routine of aches and pains, pulled muscles, arthritis...all those things that go with being human and aging normally...has always been the challenge. Modern medicine, with all its pills and machinery, has no cure for aging.

All we can do is ease our own suffering, change our ways as we encounter our limitations, and hope for the best.

Author:  eastbay [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:00 pm ]

Worked most of the morning today in the back. Fearing atrophe as much as injury, I went at it slowly.... then faster as I got braver. No problems.

I believe the worst thing one can do when injured is over rest. Overwork is bad too, but not quite as bad. Fear of re-injury looms ever present, but your body will generally let you know when you're pushing it. As a kid I was in a hospital bed for three days. When they allowed me to get up and take a few steps I fell flat on the sidewalk. The lesson I learned is that muscular atrophe occurs quickly. There will come a time when you'll need to react and move about injury or not, so when hurt it may be best to constantly do what you can... and minimize the advice about resting. Fear getting soft and weak. I'm heading out back again....

Author:  Newfie [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:19 pm ]

I'm going on 60. The injuries? They come, they go, they come, it sucks.

I did pretty good until last year to two.

This late winter early spring I did a lot of work on the boat. This time I really felt my age, and my arthritis.

I injured my arm and my knee. It is healing naturally, very, very slowly. I hope.

Author:  wisconsin_cur [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:37 pm ]

Adolescents will no longer be a time of frivolity and excess. We will no longer mark the 20's as and extended adolescence. We will put those teens to work; at least those who are able and those who are not able will not eat.

As someone approaching 40, I hate to say it but 50 will be the new 80.

Author:  eastbay [ Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:21 pm ]

Approaching 40! Oh my. A puppy. Well, conversely, I believe 70 will be the new 60, at least for those making it to 70. I think as we exercise and work more and more.... walking or biking rather than sitting in cars, while eating closer to the dirt, so to speak, we'll actually improve our health!

And I agree 100% about the kids WC. The 20 year long play time is coming to a close. How long did it last? Three generations? I've told the kids they are the last to enjoy this very brief oil-age historical oddity: A playful youth. In fact, they volunteered to help me with outdoor work today which was just wonderful and is their norm! I really think they 'get it', and understand and cherish this brief time of unbelievable wonder.

Author:  eastbay [ Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:32 am ]

Day #5 and my back is suddenly good as new. Going to do some protective staining out back to test it. The knee is the same. Annoying. Functional.

Author:  General Doom [ Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:45 am ]

I cut my right index finger lengthwise on the thumb side yesterday while changing a doorknob (doh). The cut is about an inch long and it's not very deep, but it's the kind of thing that could be bad if it got infected. Made me think of this blog post. I'm glad I know how to treat these things without going to the doctor or store (if necessary)!

Really happy to hear your back is improved. :)

Author:  eastbay [ Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:43 pm ]

In a case like yours one cleans the wound well and after lining up the 'sections' places a bandage diagonally across allowing the skin to grow nicely together. I've done this in shallow wounds and it's always worked fine. Old school!! Short of infection, the worst one gets is a cool looking scar!

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