Tips, Tricks, and Pearls

Miller Lite Yellow: How to Tell When You’re Hydrated

Miller Lite™ Yellow: How to Tell When You’re Dehydrated

How do we know when we’re well hydrated? Common ways to become dehydrated include sweating, vomiting, diarrhea and blood loss. When we’re losing fluids or caring for someone who is, it’s crucial that we stop the loss and replace the fluids. But how do we know if we’re staying ahead of the game?

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Pure aloe vera

Pure Aloe Vera – Nature’s Little First Aid Friend

Aloe vera is an amazing plant that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The jelly like goo found inside its spiky leaves has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, moisturizing and pain-reducing magic. Science tells us that it aids in healing minor burns such as sunburn, abrasions and skin irritations.

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peppermint oil stay awake

Stay Awake with Peppermint Oil!

Have you ever struggled to stay awake on watch or gotten the head bobs while driving? Things like fog, wind and waves, or blowing snow can be mesmerizing. There’s all the usual suspects to stay awake: chugging caffeinated energy drinks; chewing gum; slapping yourself in the face; making safety rounds; singing and dancing. Here’s a…

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black tea

Keep Calm and Grab a Tea Bag

Tea bags can be used in a pinch to stop bleeding from mucous membranes such as those in the mouth.

Have you heard that old wives tale of using a tea bag to stop the bleeding from the site of a tooth extraction? I seem to always be busting the old wives, but this one holds water!

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benzoin

Make the Sticky Stickier: Benzoin!

For Coastal Cruising and full on Offshore medical kits I recommend a product called tincture of benzoin. Getting adhesive bandages to stay stuck to the skin in the marine environment is tricky. Benzoin is an organic compound that can be used to enhance the stickiness of skin closure strips and adhesive bandages. It is a liquid adhesive used next to wounds where the sticky part of the bandage will go. It will help the bandage stick much better.

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Pro Tip: Jewelry Bag!

Pro Tip: Jewelry Bag!

Here’s a great tip I learned from an attendee at my seminar at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. I’m a big fan of a “nitty gritty” first aid kit for the supplies used the most: regular, knuckle and fingertip bandages; a little gauze and a roll of Coban™; diphenhydramine (Benadryl) oral tablets and topical cream; antibiotic ointment; seasickness medications like meclizine and Motion Eaze; acetaminophen (Tylenol); and Ibuprofen (Advil)…

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Pro Tip: Coban!

Pro Tip: Coban™!

Coban™ is the brand name of a self adhering (it sticks to itself, not the skin), water resistant, lightweight, breathable elastic wrap. It also goes under the name Vet Wrap if purchased at the ol’ Fleet Farm.

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Gait Belts Onboard

Gait Belts Onboard = Boating Freedom for Unsteady Feet

Gait Belts are a physical therapist’s secret weapon, and an easy tool to make and use to bring safety and security to boaters with less-than-steady feet.

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Bug Bite Relief! A Short & Sweet Solution

Bug Bite Relief!

Here’s an old camping trick from a fantastic ER doc I worked with years ago. Dab a little original green Palmolive™️ dishwashing liquid on bug bites. It takes the itch right out of the bite! It works wonderfully. You’ll make Madge the manicurist proud…

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Donate Blood!

Donate Blood

Save a life. Donate blood. It’s super easy! I donated yesterday and learned that the American Red Cross has an app that saves time. Text BLOODAPP to 90999 or search Red Cross Blood at the App Store or the Google Play store to get the free Blood Donor App. We can all save lives in less time with RapidPass. Start the donation process before you even leave home by filling out the paperwork on the day of your donation. We can find blood drives nearby and schedule an appointment all through the app! Plus they’ll give you cookies. Learn more at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Thank you!!

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