Quality Equipment Next Time You Need A Pinch

Several years back I was reading an ad for a medical supply company that had something I wanted.   Now, keep in mind typically these businesses sell to hospitals and doctors—not the general public—but they had something I knew I could use.   In fact, it stays in my first-aid kit and gets used more frequently than I care to admit.


Nothing says “I Love You” better than giving a professional splinter removal kit for Father’s Day.

What did I buy?   None other than a Professional Splinter Removal Kit.   I mean, c’mon…spend any amount of time in the outdoors and your skin gets poked by a variety of things.   Sure, a lot of those thorn bushes will just fester and eventually work their way out from under your skin.   Nevertheless, there are those times when a person must “man-up” (excuse me ladies) and go digging sub-dermally for that foreign body needing removal from under your hide.

To do so you need the right equipment.   Look, for roughly the cost of a box of good shotgun shells you, too, can purchase your own doctor’s-quality splinter removal kit that will last a lifetime.

Ladies, we could be talking the perfect Father’s Day gift here.   Let’s face it…none of my hunting buddies have one.   In fact, I am the only person I know that has invested in such a device.   I’m not saying that receiving a splinter removal kit ranks high on most people’s gift list…but I can assure you it is the sort of gift that shows you care.

Of course, there are also other options that make sense like the various angled forceps used for tick removal.   If you are serious about the outdoors than it just makes good sense to invest in the type of equipment to keep you safe.

Have I mentioned fly fishing?   How about some quality clamps and scissors you won’t find anywhere else but a doctor’s office.   Now, they can be also found in your fly vest.

Let’s face it…if you go to the website www.tweezersplus.com you will find lots of quality equipment that can be used to make your outdoor life better, whether its in the kitchen, the workshop, you name it.   Best of all, this equipment is all top-quality because it was designed for the hospital or clinical environment.

I’m told this website is offering (through June 2012) a 20% discount on all orders if you use the Discount Code: TPSPRING.

Hey, these folks are not a sponsor nor do they endorse anything I do…I just like to use quality equipment and obviously these folks have it.   Take a quick look at their site and choose a few items that will help round out your first-aid kit or kitchen drawer.

Oh, and by the way…now that I’m into pushing the medical equipment you might be interested to know that next week in this blog I plan a series that goes beyond splinter or tick removal.   The series focuses on “do-it-yourself” appendectomies and how you can save big money with just three basic surgical tools.   Stay tuned.

Just kidding!!

©2012 Jim Braaten. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction without Prior Permission.

Hunters…Here’s Some Food For Thought

Is it possible what you eat—or better yet—don’t eat while out hunting making you more susceptible to be involved in a hunting accident?   Seriously, it’s hard to sometimes admit, but most of us are not elite athletes when we traipse into the woods or walk along the slough.   Indeed, many of us just don’t understand our bodies quite like that football player or cross-country runner.

One of the first magazine articles I wrote back in the mid-1980s touched on this very topic and I doubt much has really changed since then.   At the time I was a senior at the University of Minnesota studying technical communications.   On campus there was a professor who was considered a Farm Safety Specialist and he had just completed an exhaustive study on why farmers have work-related mishaps.

The topic intrigued me to the point I set up an interview with this professor to learn much more about his area of research.   He provided me with copious amounts of data, but the crux of what he discovered was that farmers during the fall and spring busy seasons push themselves to get all their work done.   They work long hours, they exert themselves sometimes beyond their capabilities, but most importantly they don’t always eat correctly.

I wish I could remember the professor’s name…but alas, it has been too many years now.   Still, the emphasis of his findings was to stress that farming accidents occur at greater rates when the farmer (or victim) has lowered blood sugar levels.   Skipping meals, eating empty foods lacking in nutrition, or just getting out of the routine all correlated with higher rates of incidents.   In other words, poor (or lacking) blood sugar often meant the farmer took unnecessary chances and simply did not have good mental clarity in performing activities around dangerous equipment.

The professor knew where I was going with my inquiry.   Would it be fair to postulate that such a conclusion could be attributed in some respect to why hunters have accidents?   After all, many hunters keep pushing their bodies with long hours and heavy stress and we don’t always eat appropriately.SLD_1001

I took the good professor’s findings on farmers and visited the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources where they had thorough records on hunting accidents dating back several decades.   I charted out when most of the accidents occurred and…”voilà” there seemed to be some similarity in “time of day” for when these incidents took place.

Now, granted…when you are working on a magazine article you simply don’t do the exhaustive research one would do if it was for a college thesis or some other intense research project.   That simply wasn’t my intent at all.   No, instead I wanted to show there could be some correlation for hunters with low blood sugar levels and a higher propensity to cause harm to self or others.

Bottom line on what was learned.   The peak time for accidents—whether it be for farmers or for hunters—was typically mid-morning around 10am and mid-afternoon around 3pm.   If a person was to monitor the blood sugar levels, this would also be about the same time things start to dip…assuming a normal breakfast and lunch was consumed.

What I would like to recommend all hunters consider is properly fueling the body.   Eat a healthy breakfast.   Take time for lunch.   Stash a few healthy snacks in your pocket for those in-between times.

SLD_1006The point is your body needs the same good care as that elite athlete who is also pushing the physical limits of their body.   In fact, as someone who likely isn’t as familiar with how their body reacts under stress, you might need it even more.

Keep a baggie in your pocket filled with trail mix.   Stay hydrated drinking plenty of fluids.   If you stay in the woods all day…fill a thermos with hot soup or chili.   Not only does the food provide a warming feeling…but as we’ve learned, keeping those blood sugar levels in check could make you a safer, and certainly a more productive hunter functioning with greater mental clarity.

©2011 Jim Braaten. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction without Prior Permission.

Sentry Safe Is Giving Away 40 Pistol Safes During SHOT

SentrySafepicAre you feeling a bit bummed you’re going to be missing out on attending the SHOT Show next week in Las Vegas and need something to brighten your spirits just a bit?   Sentry Safe is having a pistol safe give-away…and not just one safe, but they’re giving away 40 of their new Model X041E safes with a fun contest exclusively on Twitter and Facebook.

Yeah, that means you don’t have to travel all the way to Vegas to bring home a little SHOT Show SWAG.   Here’s how you enter:


Keep in mind this contest is valid starting on Tuesday, January 18th (the first day of SHOT).  Click on the picture above for additional details and rules…and Good Luck!

If I learn of any other deals leading up to the SHOT Show I will pass them along either on this blog or on Twitter.   Stay tuned…lots will be happening over the next week.

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