So last time I went to a campout I was called ‘camp mom’, which really put my knickers in a twist. I don’t mind younger children calling me mom but I really don’t like my peers calling me mom or mom anything, it just really bugs me. Some people amended it to Noble’s Nurse and I guess that’s okay, but really I think the right word is more long the lines of ‘prepared’, ‘thoughtful’, or ‘conscientious’? A ‘Thank you.’ is nice, but if I don’t have to hear it, it means no one needed anything and that’s even better :)
Whenever I got to an outing like a Con or a dag campout, a few days ahead of time I ask myself ‘What could go wrong and how can i be as prepared as possible to fix these things?’ And I’ll end up with a good list of stuff to bring. The part of the list that goes to every event is as follows:
-pain relievers and/or midol complete (make sure it is compatible with alcohol or do not give it to people who will drink after taking it unless you want to fuck up their liver)
-alergy medicine (preffeably neither claratin nor benadryl)
For Dag events it always grows to include:
-tiny first aid kit
-Tiger Balm (my father ALWAYS used this after his SCA fights)
(And for cons it gets weird because it has to do with costuming stuff that I think my friends might need.)
But honestly what I’m really thinking is this: Dagorhir is an active outdoor sport. Small cuts and larger lacerations are prevalent. There’s usually woods battles. What is someone gets shield bashed particularly hard and winds up with a stick (even a tiny one) in their leg? Wild life is abundant so how would we deal with bee/wasp stings or snakebites? I haven’t heard of anything bad happening yet, but put enough drunk peoplem in a space for long enough and you can be sure as hel soemthign will that’s just human error.
So I’d really like to expand what I’ve got. My tiny first aid kit is just like bandaids and a few alcohol cleansing pads. :/
What I’d like to add: moleskin, gauze, gauze pads, medical tape, superglue (good for blisters says a guy who used to row) or liquid stitches, neosporin (the to go kind is really great??), some sort of bite kit, small instructables with only the pertinent information in a NON WORDY format in concerns to various bites but also to CPR and the Heimlich [or the newer revised version] (people often get harmed when others try to perform these manuevers without proper knowledge, should include tiny CLEAR diagrams so that there is no question left in case of an emergency), alcohol pads or some other form of sanitization, cold packs, warm packs, burn cream, gloves, old gift card (helps remove some stings), tweezers (for splnters), MORE BANDAIDS (should include finger and knuckle bandaids), ant-itch cream or gel. I’ve also seen tiny scalpels??
I don’t know if it is the responsibility and prerequisite of the people hosting an event to have this kind of thing on hand, but I’d rather bring this sort of thing myself and know what I have and where I have it (and let my team know obv) than not.
So today I bought a snake-bite kit. Very simple, very small. I’ll be labeling it (once I take it out of the packaging others will need to be able to identify it) and reading the instructions a few times. It was ~ $4.00 with tax.
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