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Minor Injuries Can Become Major Problems … What Will You Do?

So I’ve been a bit scarce lately. One of the biggest reasons for this is a minor (?) accident I had, which has resulted in me being stuck on the couch.

I was moving an appliance down a couple of steps to load into my truck, and managed to dislocate my knee, tearing a muscle in the process. The good news is that I most likely won’t need surgery. The bad news? Well, that muscle tear means I’m in a full leg brace that immobilizes the knee joint for a month.

So while I’m off the couch finally, hobbling around on crutches (or my canes, as my eldest daughter likes to tease me) it’s still pretty tough to do much of anything. In a month I get to graduate to a flexible brace for another couple months. It remains to be seen how much mobility I’ll have with that one. My wife has been fantastic through this, picking up the slack for the things I can’t do, but I know she’ll be happy when I can do more!

In any case, this got me thinking about what we’d do if a similar injury happened during an emergency situation. I’ve moved appliances literally hundreds of times with no injury. But something about this time was different and now I’m down for months. Something simple and mundane just flat out went wrong. In an emergency situation this could have serious consequences beyond the massive inconvenience it poses now.

I’ll tell you right now, we don’t have much in the way of orthopedic hardware such as braces, etc. A couple of them, sure, but nothing with a coherent plan. This is a problem we’re going to have to resolve. Without proper treatment I’d be in a world of hurt. The muscle probably wouldn’t ever heal correctly.

I don’t have the solution here, but I’ll certainly be working on it! If you have already thought this through for yourselves, share with the group in the comments below!

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4 Responses to Minor Injuries Can Become Major Problems … What Will You Do?

  1. In 2002, I experienced a muscle tear in my calf that quickly developed into major treatment for three blood clots. If I hadn’t been proactive on seeing my leg turn into a baloon, I’d probably not be around (the ER doc told me to go home and rest for a couple of days). The clots were treatable with modern medicines, frequent MRIs, 2 weeks of total bed rest and 4 months on crutches. If this had happened to my Grandfather or to me without access to a modern hospital – you can guess what the outcome would have been. The bottom line is: always be safe, or a “minor mishap” could easily kill you.

  2. It’s certainly wise to be as prepared as we can, but at some point I think we have to accept that in an emergency/ grid down situation there are going to be a lot of things we just can’t be prepared for. There is only so much space and money available and far too many potential problems.

    That said, I think your experience underscores the importance of building solid support networks. We need to know nurses/EMTs or other medical personnel and having someone around who’s good with their hands and can make or improvise resources like a brace as needed is critical. The stronger and more broadly knowledgeable our network is, the better we will weather circumstances like yours!

  3. It’s definitely a good idea to have some crutches and maybe a couple of canes stored. A folding wheelchair could be a plus too. Braces and such just might be hard to come by, although you may score big a garage sales, etc. However, splints can be made and could be used to immobilize certain joints. But all bets are off if bug out is required and that will be the really tough part. Meanwhile, lets all be really careful especially with things we do all of the time. That’s when complacency sets in and casualties result!

  4. One thing I have done in thinking preparation is to hold on to anything like crutches and other equipment our family has had to buy from the years past injuries. But the very best thing I have done is hold on to the equipment Medicare paid for for my mom who has since passed. I took her into my home instead of sending her off to one and when I sold so many of her things I did store her potty chair, walker and even boxes of unopened adult diapers. I am in good health and only 59, but I know that someday I will be there, and if Obama care or an economic depression hits us, then at least I have a few things I can use. I know these things are sold alot at estate sales. People want to get rid of them and I think they are thinking wrong. I have seen so many things at garage and estate sales that could be of use for people who are sick, invalids, or injured. I am just now thinking this way instead of putting prices on my things I don’t want around the house anymore. I even kept her plastic pillows, baby wipes, and lotions. They did come and take the hospital bed, unused breathing tubes for her oxygen and nebulizer, but those other supplies were carefully packed away.