Daily Emergencies Teach Preparedness Lessons

January 14, 2013 by

Hospital Emergency RoomThe kids were outside playing. I had finally gotten into work mode and was in the middle of a business call when screams erupted from the back yard.

A moment later my wife appeared at the sliding glass back door with our 7-year-old son, rushing him in toward the kitchen sink while yelling for someone to grab a towel.

Quickly telling the person on the other end of the call I had to go, then leaping up as I fumbled with the End Call button, I was barely out of my chair at the dining room table before I discovered the problem.

Jacob had cut his hand. Bad.

Running back from the bathroom with a clean towel I was able to get my first close up look at the injury. Under the running faucet, blood poured from a long gash in Jacob's palm as he continued to cry out in pain. A two-second look was more than ample to realize this cut would warrant stitches.

While wrapping Jacob's hand in the clean towel to staunch the bleeding, Denise gave me the 30-second rundown about what had just happened.

Apparently a rusty metal pole discovered in the back yard had been pressed into service for an impromptu "sword fight" - but when Jacob's older brother disarmed him by yanking it away, a sharp edge at the pole's end tore a deep streak right up the crease of our budding sword fighter's palm.

Following our family policy of observing consequences for actions, I then ushered both Jacob and Caleb into the van outside for the ride to the local hospital emergency room.

Emergencies are never convenient.

Emergencies are never convenient. But they certainly get your undivided attention - quickly.

One minute I was going about my normal day. The next virtually all thought of planned activities for the day had been tossed out the window for a singular focus. Such is the nature of emergencies.

Our trip to the ER proved fatal to my perfectly planned day. But today's medical emergency did yield some unexpected preparedness insights.

Just this morning while reviewing classes offered at a Preparedness Expo we're attending this weekend, I had been considering a hands-on suture/staple class. I never imagined I would get a personal demonstration today of a continuous locking stitch on my own son.

I observed closely as the doctor worked. He was gracious enough to answer questions about his technique as he sewed up Jacob's palm.

Don't get me wrong. I'm well aware that watching a doctor perform this task every year or so (we have 7 kids, 'nuff said) doesn't make me an expert on sutures any more than staying at a Holiday Inn Express makes me one.

But practicing stitching on a dead pig's foot, while helpful for technique, can never take the place of a squirming, scared and hurt child. Your own hurt child. Who you may not have five syringes of novocaine to help numb the area before digging a line of stitches through their sensitive injury.

Would you really stitch up your own child (unless you're already a medical professional) when a trained ER or family doctor is available for the task? I know I sure wouldn't! Today's emergency was a reminder of the human element in fulfilling medical care during a worst-case scenario.

Wound care is another area of concern for us. Once bleeding has stopped, the biggest concern is preventing infection. Even in the best of times, much less during a major crisis without ready access to modern medical care, infection is a killer.

Especially a concern after getting a big gash caused by a rusty piece of scrap metal found buried in the back yard.

For a number of reasons worthy of an entirely separate blog post, we no longer submit our children to vaccinations. Which means Jacob has never had a tetanus shot. Nor did he get one today.

Honestly, we would have seriously considered one if it were offered by the doctor today (it wasn't).

Fortunately, fatal cases of tetanus are rare. Even pre-vaccine deaths numbered only around 600 per year in the United States. Far less than the flu. Of course, tetanus is NOT a disease to be trifled with, still killing 1 in 10 it infects today.

All that said, we didn't make the decision to not vaccinate on a whim. It was a carefully considered decision. Right now Jacob is on a strong dose of the antibiotic cephalexin (Keflex). And we're using a powerful natural tetanus fighter from the natural health section of our pantry: colloidal silver.

We've successfully used colloidal silver to combat a number of major infections. It's powerful enough to kill off even the the most antibiotic-resistant MRSA. And scientists knew over 100 years ago that it's effective against tetanus too. Rabbits exposed to TEN TIMES the lethal dose of the tetanus toxin were protected by colloidal silver.

Now, it can be a little pricey. So can conventional antibiotics for that matter. But unlike antibiotics, pathogens don't build up immunity to colloidal silver.

That's why a long-term health and preparedness plan ought to include an effective colloidal silver generator. It'll save you a lot of money over the long haul while it keeps you in good health.

And in a worst-case scenario where you might have to stitch up your own 7-year-old's palm, you can be sure to always have colloidal silver on hand to help prevent infection - even if the stores aren't open.


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