Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mov'in on!

This occurred back on the 17th, but since then there has been several rain storms of which I got a total of .9 inch. Did wonders for the catchment though. About 3 months ago I had 850 gallons in the tank and now I have 950 gallons in it. Not knowing how much water I'd used in those three months I'd say I had to have done good by having 950 now.

This started last week when I woke up one morning with the bottom of my foot feeling like I had a bad stone bruise, but there was no sign of a bruise or any insect bites. My leg started aching from my foot up my calf a few days after that, but still no outward sign of a problem. This morning I found the red on my foot and leg and I was noticing my thy was also aching. Further inspection shows that there is a red strip all the way up my leg nearing my crotch. I've also been feeling lousy for days to so I suppose its an infection of some kind.

The Jeep might make it to Alpine, but then the VA probably wouldn't pay the hospital bill and I know the Jeep wouldn't make it to Odessa where there's a decent VA clinic so I think I'm screwed.


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  1. That could be blood poisoning!! Get to a doctor at once and get the shots required, you hear?

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  2. I know this sounds crazy but you are close to Highway 118. Why don't you hitch hike to Alpine and there take a bus to Odessa?

    That certainly doesn't look good. Take care of yourself because no one else is going to. Good luck!

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  3. I'm working on getting some antibiotics (Hopefully)

    On a different computer.

    tffnguy

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  4. Please - got and get medical assistance IMMEDIATELY!

    You have a serious infection / blood poisoning.

    Please David.

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  5. Got some antibiotics coming.

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  6. Doesn't look good. I hate going to doctors as much or more than the next guy, but if I get snake bit or shoot myself in the foot I'm going to go see one. Get some medical help before you lose that foot!

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  7. On antibiotics now and will see how that works.

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  8. Soak in Epsom salts! NOW! every 2 hours at least, for 15 mins, in hot as you can stand,water. Takes meds 24 hours to start working, you don't have that. My son stepped on something one time, and it always did this on a weekend, but the soaks let us get thru til meds would work.

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  9. Does a Health Clinic (free) or something similar exist in Terlingua ? On regard of medical Bills (Hospital etc) do not worry dude, in TX they can not garnish nothing for "debts" besides that Medical ones donot go to the Credit Agencies etc. You can not be denied Medical services anywhere in America (Old good Law on books) and Obama care (good or bad) should be kicking in soon (Oct 2013), I do not know if VET Clinics stuff is same as Medicare or if works with it. Medicare takes care of all those at least here in Houston is my case. That (lack of Medical Services) is been my main concern about the Greater Big Bend Areas (State and National Parks), in Sanderson (which I m studying) and Alpine they do have Medical clinics fully staffed. I ts a shame none in Terlingua (a bigger and more remote area). Transportation is the other BIG problem there. Does the Legion or Vet s Orgs there have some communal Van Transport for emergencies ? Should have if have $$$ monies, but none might exist. That s a project for the Commander I assume to set one of those.
    In the past (Presidio Area) we could cross se a Doctor in Ojinaga, buy affordable Meds including Antibiotics if that were the case. Wish you the best , man ! God bless, pray for all of you there.

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  10. P.S. – Could be a Black Widow bite. Hardly noticeable when first bitten, but could be hell to pay later on.

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  11. TnT, I'll see if I can find some epsom salt around here, but since I use it and distilled water to doctor batteries I doubt it. Don't plan to drive the 25 miles south to get any though.

    Pablo, none of that stuff down here. I won't go to the Alpine hospital. Would have to be the VA.

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  12. BTW MsB, its 107 degrees here and I have a hard enough time walking as is. I sure don't want to be trying to hoof it 60 miles.

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  13. Bob Mc, I suppose it could be. A nurse said it sounded like some type bite even though I'd never seen anything that looked like one Judy looked at my foot and pointed out a small place that could have been one.

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  14. I'm no where near (Houston), but have followed your blog for a while...very sorry to hear/see this latest situation. please update as you can as to your situation..really hope the antibiotics & epson will work...or the cavalry comes thru and gets you to Midland. All the best.

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  15. Rita B, I will post as things change provided I can. I hope by this time tomorrow to be able to tell at least a small change for the better.

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    1. thank yu for keeping us, followers posted
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      just found this written about Terlingua (time ago, but seems same now)
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      If you choose to live out in the boondocks you need a couple of things: good health and a real appreciation for the inside of a motor vehicle, because here you’re "going nowhere in a hurry, fast".
      posted by Jack Hennessy 2006

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  16. Tffnguy,

    This is something you can't play with. I'm glad you have meds, pay attention to the line and meds to see if things change. If you see no change, you need to get back to ER or Doc.

    Be careful my friend!!

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  17. I'm watching Sandy. 3:04 AM and woke up at 2:30. Hope I can get back to sleep soon. Can't tell much change so far either way. Maybe that's a good sign?

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  18. Looks like the antibiotics are working. Its less painful to walk this morning and looks like some of the swelling is going down.

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  19. Hi there, I was just looking up some information about Terlingua my husband and I have about 20 acres out there but I don't know anything about it except that its in Texas its hot and now that I've read your post it seems like a haven for doomsday preppers :)I'm glad you at least are able to communicate via the internet so maybe all is not so barren. How are you feeling today?

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    1. Depends where yur 20 acres are exactly located. So if yu post that aprox address, many people could help yu with that info.

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    2. Thank you Pablo! The property description says blk 215, sec 13 tr 5146 that's the only address I have

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    3. Try contacting TERLINGUA RANCH , website and phone attached, enter all them by those locations ask if was sold by them in past etc. they will have that info. IF WERE NOT THEM let me know I ll research further.
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      http://www.classiccountryland.com/properties/texas-land-for-sale/terlingua-ranch/#page=overview
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      phone number is (972) 649-6200 x105
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      I m assuming within that place is yurs located.

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  20. Melissa M, there are a good many preppers down here and more coming in along with others just wanting to get away from the rat race. Some think it will be a cheap place to live, but it isn't. A lot of Snow Birds show up in the winter months to get away from the ice, snow and cold of up north. When the heat starts getting here then they evacuate fast.

    As for me? I think maybe I'm still improving, but have been on my feet too much and think the swelling is coming back. Maybe in the morning I'll be better again.

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  21. I sure hope so, I can't imagine what it must be like being so far away from medical care and not even being able to get to it when you need it. What I understand about VA care is that if you have an emergency and there are no VA facilities nearby they will cover the expenses. But I'm sure you would know better than I would and could access someone at the VA to ask them. So could you tell me more about what is in Terlingua how do you get electricity out there? I saw that you are collecting your own water? And that you are living in a cabin? Like I said all I know is that we inherited some land and are part of the POA but that is all I know. My husband says there is good mule deer hunting in the area is that true? Sorry I just have so many questions and you are the first person I have found that I could ask

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  22. Melissa M, I'll have to check in to that about the VA. I know when we call in and don't get a human a messages comes on to say "If you have a medical emergency call 911."

    As far as Terlingua goes there are a lot of great people here and a few that aren't. Generally speaking we try to help each other.

    I get power from solar panels, Here unless you live down south (Study Butte, Terlingua) where you can get city water then you either haul water yourself or have someone else to do it. Water catchment only helps and you still have to haul most of the water. You can get it at the POA since that would probably be the closest and best place to buy it for you.

    There are mule deer in the area, but unless you are lucky enough to have land they hang out on or around don't look to be shooting any.

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  23. Oh BTW, I forgot to mention there are a lot of great musicians down here. The next Legiondary Jam will be held at the Legion on June 30th. (Starting around 6:00 PM.

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  24. how's that laig doing this morning, dude?

    Bigfoot

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    1. Brilliant - am very glad, and relieved, to hear that! Don't mess with blood poisoning.

      Feel better.

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  26. Still alive, but not kicking.

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  27. Tffnguy you need to get a doctor to look at that leg! I know you hate the Alpine hospital but it is better than nothing.

    Wish I were nearby and I would drag you there myself! You are so stubborn...grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

    There are a lot of us out in blogger land that genuinely care about your welfare and don't want anything bad happening to you :(

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  28. What happened to going to the frigging hospital??????

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  29. All in good time Ladies. (Soon real soon)

    I've had 65 years to get stubborn and have gotten real good at it. ;)

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    1. Your 65 and my 60 are roughly on a par.

      Blood poisoning can kill you, and I rather enjoy your blog, so do me a favour, and go and get the frigging help you need! There MUST be someone in Terlingua who can drive you to Odessa????

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  30. It better be real soon!

    If I was there I would clobber you over the head and call 911...and then claim you fell and hit your head, lol...funny but not funny :(

    Tffngy - you really need medical attention NOW!

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  31. Blood pressure is slightly high, but temp is normal. I don't feel bad other than the pain in the leg, but hydrocodone is helping with that. I'll be getting medical attention in the morning. You'z gals quit worrying!!!

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  32. I agree with the "galz" and gonna go with no on quit nagging

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  33. Here's my version and I should change nagging to concern for your welfare. I just got here and rather enjoy you blog as well. But hey if you have a death wish and want to die alone in the desert or keep yourself crippled from walking and being in pain for a long time every...single...time.. you ..take.. a.. step.. or move in your sleep.. or get too weak to get the help you need when now is obviously the time to do it well then knock yourself out! Part of being a responsible adult (especially when you are so remote)is getting medical attention when you need it. So you can be stubborn and still be an adult. How's that for tough love? Now get your butt to the hospital

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  34. I never was big on being a responsible adult. Help coming in the morning.

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  35. with the Lajitas resort catering to the wealthier retired snowbirds, i'm a little surprised there is no emergency medical care closer. take care, good luck and report in.

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  36. Yes Rita B. It is surprising, but most locals wouldn't be able to afford it and they would probably have to shut it down in the summer.

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  37. Do you know where delta drive and main street is?

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  38. Melissa M, I wouldn't have a clue. Never heard of either down there. Sorry...

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  39. ok I was just looking on the map, we have prop in big bend river and aqua fria? I think that's the name of it. Google map has a couple roads listed by the big bend prop..... I guess I'm gonna have to get out there, maybe October and see what it looks like from the ground :)

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  40. Melissa M, Best way to do it. If you're around Agua Fria then you probably aren't far from me, but Big Bend River I've never heard of. It could be Terlingua Creek???

    Dani, I hope so.

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  41. It's Monday morn, how's the leg?

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  42. Rob, I'll be heading to the VA clinic at 8:00. I guess I'll get some answers then and if I can I'll update later. I will probably be sent to the hospital though so you'll may not hear from me for a while.

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    1. We can wait :) As long as you get it sorted...!

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  43. I just made another blog post on "VA Clinic Trip" and updates will go there now.

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