I was helping my son gather supplies for a backpacking trip, and realized our first aid supplies were getting mighty sparse. I was reminded of this Small Thing from 2009 and the funny story that went with it....enjoy!
You know how sometimes you see something that you know you shouldn't laugh about, and as much as you try not to, you just can't help it?
Well, the other day my man and I were driving on our country road up to town, when we rounded a corner and saw the corpses of at least eight squirrels--all laying within a few feet of each other! One after the other, there they were. All sprawled out in various stages of impact...some were pretty obliterated while others looked fairly intact. As we passed by, I couldn't tear my eyes away from one of the squirrels who was laying flat on his back, arms and legs outstretched (obviously dead) as if his last words were, "Jesus, take me home!"
We looked at each other, then back at the massive roadkill, then at each other, and then my man said,
"What's with the squirrel carnage???"
We busted out laughing. The CARNAGE! Oh, Lordy, it was sick to laugh at such tragedy but even now, I keep picturing that last little guy with his portly stomach, belly-up to heaven like maybe he saw the massacre and just couldn't take living any more.
What was it, a mass squirrel suicide? What could possibly be so awful in their nutty lives that a whole group of them would commit the ultimate act of despair?
Or maybe it was a case of incredibly poor judgment.
"OK, coast is clear, everybody cross NOW!" Oops.
(wiping tears) I'm so sorry, girls. I know it's horribly inappropriate, but it was just one of those moments that you wished you didn't find funny.
Because it's not funny.
Because it's sad. Yes, it's sad, that's what it is. Sad.
If only we could have set up a mobile triage unit, we might have been able to save one or two of them.
Speaking of triage, hey, what do you have for First Aid supplies? FEMA encourages us to have a first aid kit at home AND in each car. (Now wouldn't that have been handy?) A quick look tells me I've got enough band-aids and such stashed in different places all over the house. But it's not necessarily readily available.
As far as having kits in the cars, we do pretty well when we go on road trips, but never think of it in the day-to-day travels. Even a ziplock with a few items in the glovebox would be a good idea.
Today's Small Thing is to assess your First Aid Supplies.
Look at the list below and then add what you're missing to your next shopping list. There's never a fun time to buy anti-diarrhea medication, but it's even less fun to have to run to buy it when you are desperate.
You can get pre-made first aid kits here, and most drug stores.
POINTS: 40 for assessing your triage unit and putting what you need on your shopping list. So EASY!
To keep it easy, here's FEMA's list:
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit* should include:
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- Triangular bandages (3)
- 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- Moistened towelettes
- Tongue blades (2)
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Cleansing agent/soap
- Latex gloves (2 pair)
- Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to obtain a basic first aid manual.
Which items are YOU missing?