- Dec 17, 2007
Do old girlfriends count?
I got bitten by a squirrel once. My daughter was hunting with me so I didn’t want her to panic. I very calmly and quietly dispatched him with my free hand.
I have a pretty good scar on my hand from a dog and a possum I was trying to separate for a clear shot. My wife loved that dog, it was a terrible idea and it got infected.
Questions--were you squirrel hunting and the squirrel wasnt actually dead when you picked him up?
And was it the dog or opossum that gave you the scar?
7 years later mostly gone lol View attachment 94647
The squirrel had been shot during season. It was stunned I believe. It just clamped down on knuckle when I was scooping it...
My dad used diesel on cuts. I pour sea salt in wounds. Pain is temporary. It’s like a Saline rinse solution without the co-pay or a trip to town.
Kerosene and castor oil — home cures were once universal health care
May 11, 2009
...Home cures were the "universal health care" until post World War II affluence made professional medical care the norm.
The most popular "cure" (back in those days) was kerosene. If you stepped on a nail, you soaked your foot in kerosene. If you strained a muscle, you rubbed kerosene into the skin around the muscle. If you had a cold, you put a drop of kerosene in a spoonful of sugar and swallowed. Cuts and abrasions were rubbed with kerosene. Folks often did their own suturing on deeper cuts. Vaseline (or other jellied petroleum products) were put on burns.
If a person had a cold, poultices and hot packs were the treatment of choice. Hot towels with mustard, menthol, Bengay or eucalyptus oil were placed on the chest of the ill person. Sometimes lard, camphor, ether or even spirits of ammonia also were placed in the hot pack. Some of the more unusual poultices included fried onions and skunk fat. "Hot toddies" were part of the treatment plan, too. Hot toddies could be whiskey with lemon, whiskey with sugar, whiskey with salt, whiskey with honey and whiskey with cayenne pepper. Teetotalers used a mixture of cider vinegar and honey.
Castor oil was given every month to children, whether it was need or not. If a child was sick or feeling "mean" a spoonful of castor oil was on its way. Stomachaches got the same treatment. Castor oil was also used to induce labor. Liniments and salves were popular, too. All sorts of herbs were mixed with Crisco, animal fat, or other greasy substances and rubbed on aches and abrasions, even hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids also were treated with an Ivory soap enema. Abrasions were sometimes covered with wadded up spider webs.
Tea with Epsom salts cured constipation. Lard was heated with black pepper and then rubbed into the ear for an earache. Cotton soaked in olive oil worked on earaches, too. For toothaches, cloves were chewed, unless you lived near a "toothache tree," a shrub that grows east of the Llano Estacado caprock. One of the more extreme treatments for toothache was Clorox dripped directly into the cavity. Placing sliced potatoes bound around the head by a handkerchief cured headaches. If the family had a willow tree planted next to the windmill and stock tank, willow tea could cure a headache, too. A potato slice placed on the eye cured pink eye. Iodine (known as monkey blood) cured athlete's foot. If someone had a sore throat, the iodine was painted on the tonsils.
Cough medicines were varied. Lots of folks knew about horehound tea and could recognize the plant growing wild. Other folks used peppermint tea or an elixir made of boiled garlic, oregano and sugar. Because of the dry West Texas air, almost everyone invented some sort of humidifier as a treatment for coughs. Adding citrus rinds, mint, cinnamon, lemon or even creosote bush leaves to boiling water made the steam "seem medicinal." Sore throats were treated with sugared tomato puree. Many tonics could be bought in drugstores. "666" contained quinine. Black Draught contained senna (great for constipation), and "SSS" was alcohol and herbs.
Nowadays "medicine" comes in the form of a pill. Folks go sit in a doctor's office for an hour or two, see the doctor for less than five minutes, then drive to a pharmacy, leave the prescription, and then come back in four to six hours to pick it up. The ill person does not get any relief for almost a full day. Home cures were immediate. The ill person felt like something was being done and did not have to "wallow in agony" for hours. Unfortunately some of the home cures were dangerous. The efficacy of home cures also relied on the belief something was being done.
Kerosene, or "coal oil" as it was known when I was growing up was used on cuts, and especially puncture wounds for man and beast. It doesn't hurt at all to pour it on a cut, it actually has a numbing effect, or it does for me, anyway.Exact same thing occurred to the colonel, when just a boy, always hunting around here prior to the development of the WMAs. I've heard that story from him more than I can recall and previously mentioned it. He was eyeing another squirrel in order to take it next. Ended up pouring kerosene upon the wound, which was all the older man having taken them out hunting had within his truck. Can only imagine which hurt worse lol...
Kerosene, or "coal oil" as it was known when I was growing up was used on cuts, and especially puncture wounds for man and beast. It doesn't hurt at all to pour it on a cut, it actually has a numbing effect, or it does for me, anyway.
Try you some of that castor oil. It will make you feel betterWhen I stepped upon the wickedly painful black sea urchin, my friend whom was with me utilized a local plant close at hand. I was fine with that, simply because I knew better than to go to a Jamaican hospital... never bothered to go to one within the U.S., when a huge wave shattered both heels, simply because I knew they wouldn't do anything, being that I had previously shattered one doing the same and wasted my time going (preferred to hang out with all and watch the rest of us try to survive...).
Can't say I ever previously considered the thought that the squirrel bite/kerosene experience may have had some bearing upon his decision to become a doctor of pharmacology, but such is most certainly plausible. This is an interesting clip from an old article relevant to the old ways of doing things for pain (I shall have to relocate it and post the rest, some wild stuff within it lol...)
Try you some of that castor oil. It will make you feel better
My mom used to make me drink Castor oil when I was being mean to my younger sisters.Lol... you probably wouldn't believe what our medicine "cabinet" looked like in my youth (full blown closet).
My mom used to make me drink Castor oil when I was being mean to my younger sisters.