It always makes me feel good when I see that a website that I get a lot of enjoyment and education from has linked to another one of my favorite sites. I haven’t ever seen a connection between the two before but I might have missed it, but anyhow, it is good to know that Ann Barnhardt (post on June 16th) is linking to the Woodpile Report and the “Eight Things to Expect Under Martial Law” post.
And because of one of those one-thing-leads-to-another deals that I love so much, I discovered over at the Western Rifle Shooters place (via Ann’s site) that Matthew Bracken has a new book out, the 4th in the Enemies Foreign and Domestic series: Castigo Cay. I think it is pretty cool that my mom may be just as excited as I am about that!
Hip and leg are doing much better. I quit taking the Prednisone as it was messing with my blood sugar levels as well as my eyes and the doc says I can take ibuprofen instead – only problem with that is that the ibuprofen is hard on your kidneys (or kidney in my case). Did some research and as long as I don’t overdo it with the ibuprofen, I should be ok.
Back to work today. The pinched nerve is feeling better – sitting is ok and standing/walking is ok, it is just the part in between – getting up and down, that is the hard and painful part! The doctor didn’t come right out and say it, but it seems that it is the sciatica nerve that is giving me trouble. Good thing about that is that it can be treated and I can do some additional exercises (and lose more weight) to keep it from coming back in full force.
No amount of prep could help me and that is rather discouraging. It makes me realize that I need to account for this kind of thing. I am sure I could ride a bike if needed with enough Vicodin in my body. I would probably need a leg up into a truck but I would be worthless helping to get the thing loaded.
One of the best things I can do is get in better shape. There are some things (like old age!) that I can't do a damn thing about, but I can loose some pounds so I am not carrying so much on this old frame of mine and avoid these injuries. I can pre-position more gear, I can actually buy a bike with a trailer that can haul me and lots so stuff. I can also get the heck out of an area that is prone to earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis and the random zombie outbreak!
B and I have set a goal for ourselves to move to the Spokane area by next May. The majority of her family live there, it is beautiful country and is just inside the Redoubt area. I am actively looking for a job over there and yes, there are jobs. Her sister, brother-in-law and two brothers are in the medical field over there and there are a ton of medical-related IT jobs.
Anyhow, this injury has got me really thinking about what I would do if something happened. I thought I was prepared, but I have a lot more work to do! Do you have plans to just hunker down if you are hurt prior to, or during a earthquake/volcano/zombie attack? Do you have enough medical gear to take care of yourself and others? Have you talked to your doctor about stocking up on your regular prescriptions and have you kept track of some of those unused pain meds from old injuries?
I think all of us still have a long ways to go to get ready for whatever is coming.