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Produced By Cam McKirdy

In this HD video clip I relieve pressure on my foot.  These big blisters were the result of an 18 mile hike on The Ramona Falls Loop and The Pacific Crest Trail.  I should have busted out the Moleskin as soon as it started hurting, but I didn’t think they would develop so quickly, and puff up like this.  If your blisters are huge, there’s nothing wrong with poking into them with a sterile knife or needle.  You can sterilize your tools by cleaning them with alcohol, a lighter, or boiling them in hot water.  It’s also a good idea to soak the wound in Epsom salts for up to 30 minutes.  Plus, apply an antibacterial cream like Neosporin before covering with a bandage.  Clean the area twice daily if possible too.  Prevention is key.  Wear thick socks, and break in your hiking boots long before you hit the trail.  

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skin ointment“It rubs the lotion on its skin.  It does this whenever it is told.” – The Silence of the Lambs

Following my recent bike accident, I’ve used a few ointments to heal my skin, and relieve minor aches and pains.  Mostly I’m trying to minimize scaring.  I have enough, and bright pink isn’t a good color on me.

I’m covered in purple and green bruises.  For sore muscles I’m using Tiger Balm Red Extra Strength.  This pain relieving ointment really does work, so I don’t need to take any pills.  It helps my muscles relax, so I can go about my business.  Plus, the potent menthol smell is soothing.  A little dab of this stuff goes a long way.  Try it out.

To heal my road rash and cuts I’m using Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Skin Ointment.  I got it from my local health food store for $7.99.  It’s a good buy because it is blended with natural oils enriched with Vitamin E, and Lavender Oil.  I love this product.  It is fragrance/dye free too.  This product stays on my skin, and prevents my sexy scabs from falling off early.  Tea Tree oil heals dry, chapped skin quickly.

Finally, I’ve been using organic 100% Hawaiian Moon Aloe.  You can use this cream topically for many things, from sore muscles, to chapped lips.  Aloe Vera is a miracle worker.  It hydrates deep into skin.  According to their website, “natural Aloe Vera contains six antiseptic agents that fight infection;  three analgesics to reduce pain and at least three anti-inflammatory agents.”  I also drink Aloe Vera juice, and water regularly to help with digestion. 

These three products are dynamic.  See what they can do for you.  Thanks for visiting Survival Bros.  Your likes, comments, and shares are greatly appreciated.  It helps build this emergency preparedness community.  Peace.

– Cameron McKirdy

Ya caught me with my pants down! I’m blogging while icing my leg. Last week I flew over my handle bars, and landed on lava rocks, biking down the steep McKenzie River Trail. This is my recovery process, with information that could help you heal.

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When I went over my bike, I was wearing a helmet, but not gloves. Stupid. My hands are cut up, and my leg is still swollen and bruised, as pictured. I was covered in dirt, and dripping blood. Before I showered I cleaned my wounds with povidone-iodine antiseptic wipes, and sterilization wipes I typically use to sanitize my hands. Then I iced, but all I had to use was a small ice pack made to chill a sandwich or something else in your lunch. I really needed a large ice pack to go from my knee to my hip.

It’s been 5 days since my bike accident. My leg hurts less now, so I’ve been lightly massaging it. It’s instinctual. Massaging gets blood flowing there, and relaxes battered muscles. I’ve been using the R.I.C.E. method of: rest, ice, compression, elevation. In addition, I poured hydrogen peroxide on my cuts to kill any bacteria. Plus, I have been gently exercising and lightly stretching. I went for a long walk this morning. The only other thing I want to do is put tea tree oil on the surface of my black and blue bruised skin. With more attention and rest, my leg will heal up, and I will stop walking with a slight limp. Be safe out there on your bikes!

When you fall, and get hurt, your will to endure is being tested. You have to get up, dust off, take a breath, and ride on. It’s not easy knowing you can get hurt again, but you have to move forward. I had to fight through the pain, and get my head straight. I couldn’t lose my focus and end up getting injured further. All that mattered was getting to the truck, so I could get to basic first aid supplies, and leftover Hawaiian pizza.

In retrospect, next time I will wear more protective gear, and bring a small First Aid kit. I could have been stranded on the trail for hours with a broken leg. There were only a few people on that path, and I couldn’t get cell phone service. Be smart about the situations you put yourself in. Biking in remote locations should be done with extreme caution. Train hard, rest easy.

– Cameron McKirdy

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