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Response to grntuscarora (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 06:49 PM

11. But it is a wise caution

to everyone to learn what they can about emergency care. I'm sometimes a little piqued at the local town council who tend to be very dismissive towards me as a damnYankee city girl who don't know nuthin 'bout nuthin. They don't know that I raised horses for almost 20 years with one - count 'em, ONE - vet visit for a blood transfusion. I've done more animal doctoring of all kinds than most of them ever thought about. That includes a ceasarian on a neighbor's dead ewe and midwifery on my own broodmares. I don't expect everyone to have shared that background, but still we're all well advised to learn everything we can. Prevention's the main key anyway.

The high point of my surgery career came when my big toe got split open almost stem to stern when I was out in the boonies. Being alone with no close neighbors available, I had to cleanse the wound, then triple butterfly the digit and stitch up in between. Years later I was in a doctor's office and got asked what happened to my toe. Doc could hardly believe it, but there was no record of professional medical care for the event, and he eventually said I'd done just as well as the emergency room people could have, maybe even better.

And that was w/o antibiotics or any modern pharmaceuticals.

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