After a weekend of horseback riding I was sore. First thing I did when I left the Hells A'Roaring Ranch, was to head to Chico Hot Springs, Mont. for a soak and a massage. It was great and it worked well. I got rid of the muscle soreness in my neck and shoulders and I thought I was ready to go.
Ha!!! This morning as I went to get in the driver's seat of my Roadtrek, my lower back went into spasm. It hurt bad. I had a hard time standing up and it wasn't too comfortable sitting either.
Thankfully I remembered a chiropractor I went to, two years ago in Spearfish, South Dakota. I was near there and they could see me. After adjustments and applying ice-packs throughout the afternoon and evening it is much better. I elected to stay in Spearfish for the night so that I can see the chiropractor in the morning. Although they don't see patients tomorrow morning, she is going to see me at 8 a.m. Afterwards I can be on my way east. I have found people can be very kind.
I have seen little of Spearfish. I have seen quite a bit of the KOA campground I am in. Every hour I have applied ice for 15 minutes and then walked the grounds. I repeated it until it got dark and I got bored.
This has reminded me of the importance of remembering what to take in case of physical emergency. It is not unlike the 10 Essentials that the Sierra Club recommends when you backpack or day hike.
Here is my list so far.
- Pain medicine. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin or whatever is your drug of choice.
- True Blue Emu lotion. There is nothing better for your back muscles and it doesn't smell.
- Herbal medicines. I take Altitude which is a mix of herbs that help alleviate the side effects of altitude. Echinacea and Rescue Remedy.
- Bandaids of different sizes and shapes. I never can have enough.
- Ace Wrap
- Bacitracin or neomycin ointment.
- Aloe and vitamin E.
- Nail Clippers.
- Duct Tape. There are so many uses for this.
- Eye drops.
- Gatorade or other rehydrating fluids.
- Sunscreen and sunscreen chapstick
All of the above fit into a small bag that is stored over my passenger seat.
- Arm, knee and ankle splints from the doctor or the drug store.
- Hot and cold packs.
- A little down dog doesn't hurt either. I bring my yoga pad and do yoga at least every other night.
Trust me this is not a full list. I know better than to think things are not going to happen to me. I love to push my limits. About a month before I left on this trip I flipped off my road bike. Well actually I jumped off it because I knew I was going down and I did not want to hurt the bike. I sprained my wrist. After two weeks in a cast it went to a splint. I know I will do things like this. It is better to come prepared.
I also carry a list of chiropractors and massage therapists I have seen around the United States that I really liked. You don't want to have to start over if you have found someone good.
What do you do to be prepared? I always love to see what others are doing to help themselves have a safe and worry free trip.