Recent additions to the F.A.K.

Posted by @ 9:27 pm on Friday 28th March, 2014.
Categories: Illness and injury

A few changes to the first-aid kit:

I never bothered with a Styptic Pencil when I used to wet-shave, but of late it's been handy to have around for those minor nicks and scrapes on various bits of me. Being on Clopidogrel and Aspirin means that even the smallest cut can take over three hours to stop bleeding, but one application of this stick stops most leaks within seconds. Stings a bit, though. Costing less than two quid, weighing only 12g and lasting for many years, it's a worthwhile addition to a first-aid kit regardless of background afflictions.

I've changed tack on tick-removers. For years I'd been using a Care Plus Tick-Out, it was good for pulling out the big ticks but iffy for the tiny ones. Now I'm using the O'Tom Tick Twisters that I liberated from the cat's med-box, these babies cope with all sizes of ticks and are a lot easier to use and to clean. Two sizes per pack, a choice of colours, piss-cheap from the vet's, and only 2g for the pair! What's not to like?

The final one needs no explanation:

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7 Responses to “Recent additions to the F.A.K.”

  1. scott says:

    Remember, on the whole species meds crossover thing, that I've got access to the dog's rectal diazepam. 😉

  2. BG! says:

    Emailing you my postal address right now, Scott 🙂

  3. AlanR says:

    I use the Tick Key.
    Simple and efficient and easy to clip on a rucksack so that you don’t need to dive into the packs first aid kit when you notice the suckers. It does large and small ticks.

  4. BG! says:

    I tried one of those, Alan, but couldn't get on with it. Yes, it was convenient, but I found it to be too big to get to ticks in concave places such as armpits. Maybe I should have hacked it down as per

  5. AlanR says:

    That is a good point. I have only had one tick since buying the key and it was behind my knee. It worked a treat. Thanks for the heads up on Brian’s mod i hadn’t seen it before. It will be done within the hour. And such a high % weight saving too, i wish all gear was so easy and cheap.

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