Full time Rving is a great lifestyle however it can present new challenges along the way. No one wants an emergency. Back home during a winter blizzard, neighbors banded together helping one another as needed; obtaining firewood, food and fresh water to those who weren’t able to leave their homes. Medical emergencies tend to happen more often as we age…guess we become a bit more brittle as we get older. When you fall down and can’t get up and are alone in your RV out in the boonies…even a beeper to an alert center may fall on deaf ears.
It is always better to travel with a friend or partner. And the majority of full time Rvers on the road today are husband and wife teams…many having planned their adventure years in advance. Some of us; though, are loners enjoying the solitude and tranquility without cumbersome baggage.
It is crucial while living in smaller quarters whether single or not to keep clutter under control. With a place for everything it is much easier to notice and correct potential problems before they become just that…problems. No matter what you happen to be doing when the thought courses through your mind, “That could cause an accident” or “I’ll probably trip over that sometime”, you need to stop and take care of the situation.
The other day as I entered my bathroom to take a shower I noticed I’d not replaced the heavy toolbox I keep under the bed. It was closed but not latched and I thought I could easily trip over it. Ignoring the thought, I had my shower and as I entered the bedroom, guess what? Come on, of course I didn’t’ trip over it. Rather, I caught the extended metal clasp with my shin. The pain was immediate and as I grimaced the thought occurred that I should have moved it out of the way.
It would be at this point that panicking would do more damage and the key to a successful outcome to this situation would be to stay calm. Assess the situation and take care of it one step at a time. Now would be a good time to see what was causing all the pain…
As the pain began to subside, I glanced down to see a healthy stream of blood running down my leg. Literally jumping off the carpet I sprang into the bathroom which has tile flooring. The wound was the last thing on my mind. My concern was the difficulty of cleaning blood out of carpet versus off of tile.
Taking a seat on the best seat in the RV, I tried to get a better look at the damage to my leg. Blood was pouring out of a wound that was difficult to see. As I strained one way, then another to get a better look I saw my footprint in a puddle of the bright red liquid and grabbed a bath towel that was near at hand to soak up the mess. It wasn’t soaking up, rather it was making swirling patterns so I thought I should stop the flow of blood…not for first aid purposes, but to be able to clean up the mess at my feet.
Applying damp toilet paper to the wound area seemed to be stemming the flow of blood. After cleansing the area with fresh water I was shocked to learn the damage wasn’t all that great and was amazed so much blood could be coming from such a small wound. I guessed a small vein had been caught by the sharp metal. Quickly, I applied a first aid cream and covered the area with bandages kept on hand for just that reason. With the flow of blood stemmed, cleanup became a breeze. Even the towel cleaned up well by running it under cold water.
Fortunately, this situation turned out ok. It could have been avoided altogether had I stopped what I was doing and after securing the latches moved the toolbox to its regular place. Now on a daily basis as I relax on the sofa or watch television I allow my gaze to wander and wonder if there is anything out of place that could cause a problem. When putting sharp knives away I make sure the blades are pointing downward when possible. While meals are prepared I remain cognizant of potential hazards. Seldom does the thought, “That could cause and accident,” enter my mind rather, “What can cause and accident?” Then I stop what I’m doing and remove the threat. It only takes a moment and you may end up with one less accident down the road.