Today’s post is going to be a little different in that I’d like to start a discussion centered around medical training. For awhile now I’ve wanted to get some fairly advanced medical training – you know, a notch or three above the standard CPR and First Aid you can get at the Red Cross or your local hospital.
I’m talking about first responder training, or Wilderness EMT training, or regular EMT training, or something along those lines. It’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to do, but never took the time to accomplish.
These days I have two small kids in the house and one of them is as much a daredevil as I was when I was a kid. Meaning I’ve had numerous stitches, staples, surgeries, broken bones, etc, all because I’m not quite bright enough to stop when I should. My mind seems to whisper things like, “It’s not that far across the gorge. If you run and jump real hard you can make it.” That time cost me a couple of weeks in a knee splint plus I had to rappel down a 100 foot cliff and limp down a mountain after I fell into the damned thing. My knee was about the size of a softball that time. Anyway, you get the idea. He’s my son and I know what’s going through his little mind and it scares me enough to take action.
On to the discussion point. What would you advise for medical training in a similar situation? If you’ve had medical training let me know a few details below and if you think it’s been worthwhile. I know some of the training is pretty intensive, but I’m willing to go through it.
I’ve read books like, “Where There Is No Doctor,” and it’s some pretty scary stuff if you really sit down and think about it. What if there’s a huge societal crash and you can’t get to a doctor? It seems to me that medical training would have a threefold benefit: 1) You could take care of your own family’s medical needs, 2) You could always barter your skills for goods and services – knowledge like that is always valuable, and 3) It could give you good ranking and status in your post-collapse community. If you could open a small clinic and treat people for an hour a day or something like that would make people quite fond of you.
Shout out your own experiences, questions, or comments below.