Members' Online Book: Medical Emergencies, Chapter 2 of 7

When Injury Strikes

Going through the medical kit.

Well it’s June again, so it’s time for us to pull out our medical kit, discard the out of date items and order up their replacements—more expense! Happily we’ve never had to use anything from the kit yet, but we know it’s only a matter of time before we do, so even though we complain about shelling out once again, we know it makes sense.

How do we know that? Bitter experience. Those of you who follow Attainable Adventure will know that we were planning to cross the Atlantic last autumn, but may also be aware that we didn’t make it in the end. What happened? We craned out to antifoul and change anodes, only to find that a long running fault with our centreboard finally needed sorting out once and for all. As time was tight and no assistance was available, we threw ourselves into sorting this out only for yours truly to suffer an injury that required a return to the UK, an operation and months of convalescence. And so our plan went out of the window (as plans are inclined to do), and we’re still here.

Look After Yourselves

But it could have been worse – it might have happened somewhere far more remote, and where leaving the boat to fend for herself might have been far more problematical. Regular readers will know that all of us at AAC take health matters very seriously – John has endorsed the training he and Phyllis underwent, whilst we have commented on what to carry. Lou recently went on an excellent wilderness medical training course in the UK that impressed her. But there’s only so much you can do yourself.

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Colin Speedie

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.

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