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    I have often asked myself why it is that I am drawn to the Post Apocalypse genre. The answer, that I have come up with after many hours of pondering, is that I must be a bit off my rocker. I mean, why else would a person be pulled to such a bleak and depressing subject? Wars. Famine. Plagues. You name it, the list goes on and on. Or is it really such a bleak and depressing subject? It can be... but... I say it is not. My favorite Post Apocalypse stories are the ones where the human soul overcomes adversity to start again. Faith. Hope. Love. These elements make the best Post Apocalypse stories. That is what I will attempt to bring to this blog. I hope you enjoy it.

Day 12 - Early Morning

Posted by Word of Reason On 1:58 AM 3 comments

Why is it that every time I look at this computer screen with the intent of writing a post, I all of a sudden can't think of anything to say? I ALWAYS have something to say! Those who know me wish that I was always looking at a monitor. :-)

Anyway...

Over the past week I have been thinking a lot about medical things. Stuff like... prescriptions when there are none, surgery with no operating room or how I might plug a sucking, chest wound when all I have is a plastic Wal-Mart sack. You know those will be blowin' around like tumble-weeds in an old western.

Paper money and plastic bags... all over the place.

Anyway I digress.

In the Army I was taught the ways of first-aid in the field. Apply pressure, twist the tourniquet until the bright red blood stops flowing, etc etc... But the things I want to know are a little bit more complex than that. They didn't teach me how to amputate a nasty gangrene arm.

Number 1... Prescriptions. My family members are always laughing at me when I say, "Fill the prescription. Even if you are not gonna use it." "Why?" they hesitantly ask because they all know I am a little "off". I answer... because it is good for you. Someday we might not have the ability to get good drugs. The legal kind anyway. What about the expiration dates you may ask? All prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs have expiration dates. The truth of the matter is that almost all drugs have MUCH LONGER shelf-life then what is stamped on the bottle. Here is a good (article) about shelf-life of drugs.

Storing the drugs is no biggie either. Keep'em cool and keep'em dry. A refrigerator is great and if you can seal them in some kind of an air tight bag... even better.

In short when you get a prescription, fill it. If you don't use all of it, save the rest.

Now for surgery without the OR. Surgeries come in all shapes and sizes but all have a couple of things in common. Keep it as clean as possible. Use tools that have been sterilized in some fashion. You may consider investing in a (Field Surgical Kit) and get a (good book).

Third... What is a "sucking-chest-wound" anyway? Well, when you see someone with a BIG or little wound around their chest cavity area and you hear air escaping, like the sound of a slow leak, and some bubbling blood or what not, you probably have a "sucking-chest-wound". Now you may ask, "How are you supposed to fix that with a Wal-Mart sack?" It is not as far fetched as it sounds and actually easier than you may think. Take some of that bag and seal it around the wound with duct tape and there you have it. You should be able to see the bag moving up and down with the breaths of the victim, which tells you you have a good seal.

Of course there are many more things to learn and I give you just a taste to get the bud juice flowin'. Happy learning and remember to comment if you have something to share.

Oh yeah... amputating an arm... do it very carefully. :-)

Until next time Survivors... May you always have a shelter over head, food in the belly and a good pair or boots.

Day 5 - Late Evening

Posted by Word of Reason On 10:28 PM 3 comments

I've been a little under the weather the past couple of days. Some kind of a stomach thing. Not to pleasant.

Pleasant.

What does that really mean these days? The weathers pleasant? The family is pleasant? Work is pleasant? The dictionary defines "pleasant" as agreeable, enjoyable, socially acceptable, polite. I'm not sure that much is pleasant anymore. My family is very pleasant. The weather and work are pleasant most of the time. Other than that...

It's been a little over two years since it really hit the fan. Of course the Troubles had been brewing for much longer than that but things were still livable. There was much less confusion and anger. Back in the days before the Event, the craziest stuff in the news were things like the OJ Simpson chase. The worst things were the Columbine shooting. Fortress America broke and the motto our government took was, "Rule by Fear". Something worse happened years later when the motto changed to, "Rule by Hope". We all learned very fast that it was false hope. Freedom began to be torn from us.

Now I strive to teach my two kids what it means to really be free. I teach them how to survive in a world that has been turned on it's head. I teach them to believe in God and trust in His will. I teach them what REAL hope is. The hope of a better day where we will not have to worry about who is coming to our front door or where our next meal will come from.

Remember those days? Where a visitor was just that... a visitor.

Tip of the day: A good rifle comes in all shapes and sizes. The BEST rifle is the one you can trust.

Until next time Survivors... May you always have a shelter over head, food in the belly and a good pair of boots.

Day 1

Posted by Word of Reason On 7:14 PM 1 comments

Hello out there! Anybody hear me??


Is this the sentiment of the lone blogger or is the cries of a sole survivor of the Apocalypse. You decide...

This is my first attempt at a blog, of any kind, and to tell the truth... I feel a little bit daunted. I mean... a blog is a responsibility. You may get followers and stuff. What if I can't keep up with the demand of my fellow Survivors? What if I am just plain boring and don't have a clue that I don't have a clue? Too many questions with answers that will only come with time. Anyway...

First off... I have a fiction that I am writing and hope you will take a minute or 10 to read it. It is an ongoing work and I am doing my best to write but life gets in the way. I'm sure we can all understand that. Please comment and tell me if I have captured your valuable attention or... that I just suck at writing and should fall prey to hordes of bandits that run the Mesa.

Two... I will be giving you a look at the lessons I have learned in this life. Everything from good books to valuable survival tips. Movies to gear. I consider myself a "Jack-of-All-Trades-Master-of-None" kinda guy and so far it has served me well. Once again... comments are more than welcome. We can learn from all the best ways to live in this upside down world. Boy, oh, boy is it ever upside down.

Anyway... It is getting dark now and I don't like to run the power after dark. Draws WAY to much attention. Refugees and marauders can see a light miles away. Someday I will get around to blacking out my abode but until then it's "light discipline". Use that little tip for your survival.

Until next time Survivors... May you always have a shelter over head, food in the belly and a good pair of boots.