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For awhile now I've been plotting 'disappearing for a weekend... And decided that it would be this weekend... After much satellite imagery perusal I picked a spot and organised to be dropped off... :D:

Of course, as it would be, this weekend was one of the wettest and coldest I have experienced in a very, very long time... :xeye: Especially considering this is the East Coast of South Africa... :eek:

We arrived in the dark and waited patiently for the Sun to shed some light on our situation... A very rudimentary camp was established and it was fishing lines in the water... The sea was very generous and no sooner had we set our lines and the fish were coming in... Salmon, Grunter, Natal Stumpnose and stacks of Shad... We only kept what we could eat... :D:

It's strange, but the day seemed short, between fishing, collecting wood, some reconnaissance and refining the camp for the wet night ahead, the time just flew... :confused: Darkness slowly crept closer and closer and suddenly you couldn't see your hand... :xeye:

Between the intense cold and the constant rain, keeping ourselves and the wood dry and the fire going was a challenge to say the least... :upsidedown: Of course, as it is, there is never enough wood and in the process of looking for more, while blundering in the dark I picked up a serious injury to my right leg, just below the bone, next to the joint on the outside of my knee... :(

While trying to break a branch, it snapped back and put 2 perfect holes into me... Approximately 1cm in circumference and about 8mm's deep... :eek: I think there were old knots on the tree where branches had been attached, hence, the 2 perfect holes in my ligament... :mad:

Right, so now I was in the middle of no where, cold, wet and injured... :confused: Time to STOP, collect myself and deal with the situation at hand... :cool:

After a short limp/hobble, I was back in camp digging around in my gear for my First Aid Kit, my sidekick was quick to respond calmly and relaxed... :thumb: After a while I was able to stop the bleeding and ended up with 2 neat holes on the side of the area just below my knee right in the joint, one worse than the other with just some transparent liquid oozing from them, I needed stitches, just brilliant... :mad:

How was my knee joint going to feel in the morning? Would I be mobile? How was I going to walk the few kilometres back to the road? Would I be able to? How was I going to carry all my gear? For the first few hours I left the wounds open, every now and again just dabbing them with alcohol/antiseptic swabs. Eventually the holes were just sticky orifices with a clear visual into the white meat below... :eek: Time to dress the wounds, close them and get some 'shut-eye'... :mad:

By the time morning came I was rather surprised at the lack of pain, albeit really stiff... :) I genuinely expected this to be really, really sore... :eek: The rest of the day was relatively pleasant, with regular checks on the wound and a few more dressings, I slowly but surely became more and more mobile... :thumb:

In the end I was successfully able to reach the extraction point later in the day with basically no issues, except for doing it rather slowly... :thumb:

Right, so what did I learn?

Always plan for the worst weather conditions - Jackets, dry clothes, rain-coat, spare socks, beanie, etc.

Always plan for the worst injuries - Pack stitching equipment or at least butterfly plasters, make sure you have extra swabs and dressing plasters.

Always collect more wood - If you think you have enough collect more, if you think that's enough collect more.

Here's a few photos...







 

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Well done :thumb::thumb:

Now,as it was a training run and not a real SHTF bug-out go seek professional medical attention for your injury please. :):)

The last thing you want is something which could affect you long term, so get it checked, just as you would if the opportunity arose in a real SHTF to get it professionally checked :thumb::thumb:
 

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Well done :thumb::thumb:

Now,as it was a training run and not a real SHTF bug-out go seek professional medical attention for your injury please. :):)

The last thing you want is something which could affect you long term, so get it checked, just as you would if the opportunity arose in a real SHTF to get it professionally checked :thumb::thumb:
It's all good... I've been 'doctoring' the wounds and they are clean and free of infection... The holes have closed on their own and I'm happy with the results... :thumb:
 

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Nice job! What kind of fishing equipment and bait did you use please?:D:
I'm a believer in fluorocarbon as a leader, it literally disappears underwater... As bait, I 'pumped' cracker prawns on the beach, fish cannot resist them, although, having said that, the Salmon took on sardines.

Here's a video I found of a guy 'pumping' for prawns...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGdEwfYNUi8
 

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I'm a believer in fluorocarbon as a leader, it literally disappears underwater... As bait, I 'pumped' cracker prawns on the beach, fish cannot resist them, although, having said that, the Salmon took on sardines.

Here's a video I found of a guy 'pumping' for prawns...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGdEwfYNUi8
Did you have a rod and reel or naked line or what?
 

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It's all good... I've been 'doctoring' the wounds and they are clean and free of infection... The holes have closed on their own and I'm happy with the results... :thumb:
Good :) just be aware that tendons and ligaments have a poor blood supply compared to muscle tissue, so they take longer to heal and are more prone to infection
 

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Nice fish Zulu! Shad was busting looks like, fok sommer salmon too, sounds like one lekker fishing trip.

As for the injuries, Boet, whiskey sorts it out, or peroxide will fizz it fine for flesh wounds, just obviously not if in the gut.

I broke a rib a month ago and like you I was ****ed that I was so stupid to get injured (my boat fell on me, because of my own stupidity), at a similar weekend survival thing. **** I was angry at myself. I carried on like nothing happened and only once I was back home did I really feel it. Breathing, ****ting and sneezing! But what can you do.

I like to think that I will never be injured, that I will fight at full strength... but as we both have learned being injured for at least some duration in SHTF will be a reality.
 

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Nice fish Zulu! Shad was busting looks like, fok sommer salmon too, sounds like one lekker fishing trip.

As for the injuries, Boet, whiskey sorts it out, or peroxide will fizz it fine for flesh wounds, just obviously not if in the gut.

I broke a rib a month ago and like you I was ****ed that I was so stupid to get injured (my boat fell on me, because of my own stupidity), at a similar weekend survival thing. **** I was angry at myself. I carried on like nothing happened and only once I was back home did I really feel it. Breathing, ****ting and sneezing! But what can you do.

I like to think that I will never be injured, that I will fight at full strength... but as we both have learned being injured for at least some duration in SHTF will be a reality.
We caught Salmon, Grunter, Natal Stumpnose, Blacktail and stacks of Shad... I wonder if Brandy will work?
 

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I was chatting to a friend last night and something I never considered, was that, I could have used Superglue to 'stitch' my wound... :rolleyes: He works with Paramedics and that's something that is regularly used to close wounds... :) Who knew?
 

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I was chatting to a friend last night and something I never considered, was that, I could have used Superglue to 'stitch' my wound... :rolleyes: He works with Paramedics and that's something that is regularly used to close wounds... :) Who knew?
Yip, Superglue is just super..
Also good for DIY dental emergencies ;)

(And this tip is from a dentist btw)
 

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Good going - you have learned a few valuable lessons.

Sam Sheridan discussed a case in the book 'The Disaster Diaries' (you need to read this book!) where a guy crossed a river. He didn't want to take his boots off, and ended up slipping because he was trying to keep himself dry. His knee connected a rock in the water, and without any bleeding (it didn't even break his skin) the tendon was severed, making his knee completely non-functional. The moral was, if this was TEOTWAWKI, without medical care, he would have been stuffed - unable to move well enough to survive for and fend for himself in a meaningful way.

In a true survival situation, you need to take things slow and steady - think things through, and act with conservatism to prevent putting yourself out of action through the smallest of stupid mistakes. Slow and steady wins the race!
 
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