Hi All

Sorry for the long silence. Been working on a couple too many projects all at once. I have about a dozen placeholders for posts that I will eventually get to. In the meantime.

I wanted to take a time out and do a post in memory of a friend of our family who recently passed away. This friend was really a great woman. She was a great clown in her early years and spent much of her life teaching and helping special needs kids. Her husband passed away a year ago from heart failure leaving her with a 14 year old daughter and a 13 year old adopted boy. She was absolutely one of the most hard working, DIY, determined people you will ever meet. She got it in her head to fix up there house, and spent the whole year doing just that, and honestly did some good work and was making a lot of progress.

As part of this fixing up, she decided she would personally take down several large trees growing about 7 feet from the house. Trees were about 10 inches in diameter, maybe 50 feet tall. Unfortunately she decided to do this alone with a gas chain saw, ladder, rope and gutter spikes. One slip, a big cut, and she was left stuck 20 feet up alone. She passed away and from what I heard, even if someone had been there she probably would have bleed too fast for it to make a difference. (Lived only 10-15 minutes from hospital, so not in the mountains or desert.)

I remembering being stunned looking at the area where this happened. I do so many things by myself, this was just insane. This was a very sad, and easily avoided way to go. Thankfully the kids looked to be handling it about as well as could be expected. She will be remember for the people she helped, lives she touched and her absolutely determined attitude.

Before this happened, my wife found a really cool prepper item. The Israeli Battle Dressing. This is designed for treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me it was made by the Israelis and this tends to make me think it’s good quality, but I hope I never have to find out.  This thing is designed to stop staunch blood flow by applying pressure. In addition it can also be used as a sling or tourniquet.

Now would this have saved her life? not by itself. But if someone else had been there and had one of these, maybe, just maybe, it would have given her a fighting chance to get to a hospital. I myself have no emergency or medical training to speak of. But at less than 3 dollars on amazon ( Israeli Battle Dressing)  why in the world won’t you keep a few of these around. At least 2 at home and 1 in each car. This has to be the coolest prepper item my wife has found thus far and I do intend to buy a few more.