Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wound care

Day 129

Changing bandage

8:40am:
To put on a fresh bandage this morning, I followed the method that the emergency room nurse used: 
➜ Put on surgical gloves
➜ Spread antibiotic over antiseptic towelette
➜ Apply the towelette to my burn
➜ Hold towelette in place with gauze
➜ Cover with stretch gauze

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Replenish first aid kit
Trรกnsito came with a first aid kit. I used quite a bit of that kit's supplies for my fresh bandage.

I'm going to the Rite Aid this morning to replace the supplies I used up.

PS: Some of my blisters got larger over nite. But there appeared to be no infection.




10:57am:
Yingli solar panel
We picked up the Yingli solar panel from our mail box in  Beaverton. I dragged the boxed panel down to where you see it leaning against a bush.

The plan is, to get the Yingli up on Trรกnsito's solar roof rack while still inside the box, and unbox it up there. 

Yingli specs [Link].

Yingli is inside carton on the right


11:53am:
Yingli on roof

Res ipsa loquitur

12:48pm:
Excerpt
Below is an excerpt from a long ago Blog post. 

Sunday, February 01, 2009
Readers emailed wanting to know how I came up with the MsTioga lifestyle:
  • Never pay rent
  • Don't stay in RV campgrounds
  • Explore by wandering around - don't plan
It was really easy to come with the lifestyle! On the day that MsTioga arrived at my apartment in Concord, California, my income was about $1,000/month. The apartment rent was also about $1,000/month. Financially, my course was crystal clear. Living in MsTioga would reduce my expenses and maybe allow me to live within my income.

The "wandering around" part came about because I learned by my experience, that more great places could be found by wandering than by planning. I'll tell you a secret thing that I do. When I come to a new town, I try "letting-go" and feeling my way instead of using conscious thought. Time and time-again, I arrive at the perfect place!

Remember that at that time in 2003, I did not know how much time I had left of this life of mine. When I was in my cancer support group, I promised myself that when I beat this cancer, I would rush at life! I would not be afraid anymore. I'd have faith in myself and my future and never look back!

I recall on one of my 2003 shake-down trips I tried something new for me. It seemed to me that I should be able to be completely happy anywhere that I camped. But often I wasn't. This caused me to search for a perfect camp. Perhaps next to a river or on an ocean beach. I would drive long distances searching for this perfect camp.

On this 2003 shake-down trip I determined to make camp in a vacant lot filled with weeds. There was absolutely nothing special about this camp. An ordinary street and a lot with nothing but weeds. However, when I started exploring this lot/camp, I found tiny flowers growing. Maybe only a 1/4" diameter flowers, but they were beautiful. Mr. Mavica [my camera back then] took pics of these flowers. I was soooooo happy to find these flowers!

In the Paul Newman movie, "The Verdict", he says:
"In my religion it is said, if you would have faith, act as if you have faith. And faith will be given to you."

In that vacant lot, I acted as if I were happy, and happiness was given to me! A miracle!






Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 213 feet




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20 comments:

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    1. Linda Pierson,

      Fortunate! That's what I believe that I am. And perhaps blessed.

      Thank you,
      George

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  2. Stop using your nine lives, George! :-) Take care of yourself. Our skin is thin so we have to be more careful with cuts and burns.

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    1. DeeBev,

      Take a read of my 12:48pm Blog post above.

      In that post, I explain about my take on fear:
      "When I was in my cancer support group, I promised myself that when I beat this cancer, I would rush at life! I would not be afraid anymore."

      George

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  3. George,
    Sorry to hear about your propane leaking and you getting burned.
    So glad it was not worse than it was.
    Please post pics of your propane detector location when done.

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    1. Bill Takagi,

      Thank you for sharing your feelings about my getting burned.

      The blisters got bigger today. But overall I'm healing nicely.

      I'll post about propane detector as you asked.

      George

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  4. Your incident prompted me to replace my 11 year old Propane detector.

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    1. Super Cub,

      I have not received my propane detector yet.

      When I went to start my heater tonite [first time for that since the explosion], I was sooooo nervous!

      George

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  5. Hello George, I have been reading your blogs since early 2004 and I have received quite a bit of inspiration to take up the RV Vagabond life style when I reach 66 years of age (in 2 years) and retire. I have lived in RVs to save rent through the years including active duty navy days. Your blogs especially the earlier ones take this to another level and I am stoked about this. I have started rereading your blogs from 14 May 2003 and will continue to the present. PS, yes I have a life but this is very good stuff, thank you George

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    1. Unknown,

      You have been with me for 13-years!!

      Thank you for sharing your plans and the part that I played in your decisions! Love that. ๐Ÿ˜

      George

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  6. Beautiful post George! We can all take a lesson from the excerpt you posted. Stay well and carry on. Happy trails always and thank you!

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    1. Barbara Lane,

      What a great compliment!

      Thank you sooooo much. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      George

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  7. Hey, that solar panel looks really good up there! Nice job. No more electric problems hopefully.

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    1. John,

      I plan to remove the plywood base and replace it with aluminum angle.

      The new MPPT battery charge controller arrives tomorrow.

      Thanks for the "Nice job" compliment! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      George

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  8. Dear George,
    I had a severe burn on my left leg that was 2nd degree with spots of 3rd degree. I had to wrap it daily for over six months. The recommended treatment for burns is Silver sulfadiazine not regular over the counter ointment. Depending on state laws, you can get silvadene without a prescription. It is specifically for skin burns. I found that as long as my burns were not exposed to the air, the pain level was quite manageable. Initially, doctor visits were quite painful because of the exposure to air. Those visits are a necessary evil to check for infection. Take good care of that on both your hands and feet. I used the same steps in changing the bandages btw.

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    1. Janet Johns,

      Thanks for sharing and advice. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      George


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  9. This is a great reminder to all of us to check our own propane detector! If it is a battery model, make sure the batteries are fresh. Also, check the expiry date on our detectors. They have to be replaced after ten years!

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  10. I have used Manuka honey for cuts and burns for a long time now. It really works well. I understand that even some hospitals use it. Google it and find out for yourself. Heal well that is my wish for you.

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  11. Hey George, so glad to see you are still in touch with Weng, miss her little stories. Glad you are ok too! Scary read on the burns!

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