My current reality is that of dealing with an injury (see Exhibit A). This reminded me how important it is as a traveller to be prepared to be your own first line of defence when contending with injuries and illness.
Yes, doctors and hospitals and health clinics are important, but often it is yourself – your very first line of defence that can speed up a successful recovery. Similarly, travels in remote areas away from hospitals may force you to become your own initial “nurse”.
Here are a couple of acronyms that every traveller should know:
Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast.
Stomach ache? Flu? Onset diarrhoea? These foods are gentle on your stomach and easier to digest. Since you need to stay nourished, a combination of these foods can help. Also, it is almost impossible to find a culture that does not have at least one of these items.
Ice. Compression. Elevate. Rest.
Possible sprain? Can’t move your muscle? Major pain?
ICER tells you exactly what to do and in what order.
No, I’m not a medical doctor and no, I don’t think this information should replace professional advice. But travellers need to be proactive in supporting their own health. You are your own first line of defence.
Stay healthy…stay travelling!