Welcome to Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – let’s all remember Dr. King’s life and legacy and celebrate by doing just one act of service. Help just one person or many… a small act of giving back to the community goes a long way.
First the blog updates…
Who won the giveaway for Living Ready Pocket Manual?
“Green Eyed Jinn” won and has been notified. He wrote the following comment:
Several years ago, I tried to swallow a too-large piece of pot roast that lodged in the back of my throat. It didn’t quite go down, so I tried swallowing again…and quickly realized I couldn’t breathe! I couldn’t get any air in, I couldn’t make any sound and the food was not coming back up.
The scariest part of this situation for me was the realization that I was home alone. I knew my wife could have easily done a Heimlich maneuver for me, but there was nobody to help. Strangely, while I had a surge of panic when first knowing I was choking, I suddenly became mentally detached from what my body was feeling after I realized there was no help coming.
I knew it was doubtful I could do a Heimlich on myself, so I adapted the method for helping a choking baby. I grabbed a can of soup from the cabinet, knelt facing backwards over my couch and stood the soup can on the couch’s frame back. Then I leaned over the can so it pressed up into the same spot where a person’s fists are placed for the Heimlich, and leaned further over the back of the couch so my face was nearly down on the floor. This position had me on my knees, hips against the cushion back of the couch and my solar plexus on top of the soup can and the bottom of the can sitting on the wooden frame along the back of my couch. The can was wedged between the frame and my body. My upper body was sort of inverted down toward the floor.
Using my arms to push up slightly on the floor, I then let go of all my weight so my upper body quickly dropped down toward the floor and the soup can’s end was driven up under my sternum. It didn’t work at first and it hurt like hell in my gut. I tried three more times while trying to cough as hard as I could just as the soup can pushed into my solar plexus area and it worked! I spewed the meat back up and a lot of stomach reflux, saliva and snot out of my mouth and nose. It was a disgusting mess, but I could breathe again.
The key to making it work was something that could push up into my diaphragm (increase my exhaling air pressure), finding a way to forcefully make it go in (my dropping body weight and gravity against the couch frame), and being inverted to let the food ‘fall’ back out of my throat (pulled by gravity and pushed by air pressure).
Sorry for the rambling, but this is a true story. After it was all over, my panic came back and I ended up in shaking exhaustion on the floor for about 10 minutes with the realization that I could have died. My chest hurt for a couple days and I had a round bruise that matched the circular top of the can. This happened about 4 years ago, but I still have occasional nightmares where I wake up from the feeling I had when I couldn’t breathe.
This was a great giveaway and I appreciated reading all the stories from the entrants. Everyone needs a pocket first aid manual!
New giveaway started today Don’t forget to sign up for this week’s giveaway, The End by G. Michael Hopf.
Camping Survival-Free LifeStraw with Katdyn purchase Just got word that our sponsor, Camping Survival is now giving away a free lifestraw with the purchase of a Katadyn water filter. http://www.campingsurvival.com/katpocwatfil.html
Now for the links…
Aftermath of Target security breach I usually shop with cash and was not too worried about the Target security breach this past month. However, because I had shopped at Target online several months ago, I received an email from Target indicating my personal information may have been compromised. All the news reports said the hack happened over 2013 Christmas shopping but this email shows they are concerned about previous time periods. It’s been at least six months since I bought from Target online so this is worrisome.
It will be a long while before this security breach gets sorted out.
Flu Season in full swing News reports in our area a filled with dangerous flu warnings, urging people to get the flu shot. We don’t get flu shots, but are taking precautions.
Not to be confused with the flu now going around, we’re still keeping watch on H1N5, which the CDC website has now published a health alert
CDC Health Alert H1N5
There are still health concerns Can’t blame the residents for being worried.
Interesting discussion by SurvivalStill (not an affiliate or sponsor)
Another one for the self sufficient project list It sounds so easy to make apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Good for What Ails You
I’ll stop throwing them out. These small containers come in handy.
Take care and have a great week everyone!