Be safe with first aid kit

This will strictly be a post on a recent experience of mine.

Last week, I decided to take my road bike down to at least Scarborough from Mississauga, which would take me a few hours. Along the way, the unfortunate happened, I clipped a curb and fell of my bike. This result in a scratched elbow, bump on the elbow, scratch from the crank on the lower half of my leg and a scratch on my waist and finger.

I got up did see the scratch and bump, I felt fine, ran some water through it and decided to head back home on the bike. The trip back took me at least an hour. Few days went by and things seemed fine but then I started to get pain from my arm and leg, I wasn’t able to fully flex them. I then went to see a massage therapist, he told me I pulled some muscles and he took care of that.

At work, people were telling me to go to the hospital because the wounds seem infected and initially I brushed it off until the next day. Another co worker advised me to go see a doctor; I did some research and because of the increased swelling around the wounds, I decided to go. Got to the doctor and he said the wound is infected and prescribed some medicine.

What did I learn:

  • To always carry a first aid kit with me
  • To learn proper first aid treatment
  • To listen to others
  • Don’t risk your health

No matter where we go, I honestly think we should be equipped with a first aid kit. Doesn’t matter if it’s at home, at work, on vacation, in the car or just outdoors. It could save a lot of pain and headaches. I mean who knows how bad my wounds got before I went to see a doctor.

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2 Responses to Be safe with first aid kit

  1. Barbara July 10, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    Bike riding is dangerous. Lots of things are dangerous. Ok, Life is dangerous. Congress would outlaw it if they could, I'm sure. (For our own good, of course.) Part of a standard carry on your bike should include some simple first aid preps. A disinfectant wash is number one for all kits. Everything should be irrigated.

  2. Martin Pigott July 10, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    I did something similar-fell off after hitting a curb on a fast turn-had a road burn just under right knee cap about the size of a 50 cent piece. No problem! Tough guy! Yea, right! I thought the thing would never heal up.
    Essential to wash, wash, wash, scrub, scrub, scrub. Water, soap, saline wound wash, peroxide, etc. There were tiny bits of dirt/debris that I did not see with the naked eye. Clean the wound and then clean it again. Then apply some Hibiclens and follow directions. Buy Hibiclens from Walgreen's and keep on hand.
    Thanks for the alert!

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