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Re: 1st Aid at Sea & Important Like Items to Carry

Suturing myself in a mirror was kind of like that Ginger Rogers quote - backwards in heels. Upside down and backwards. I'm not brave, though; I had local anesthetic on board.
What I like best about knowing medicine is that it feeds into a strong drive I have for self-sufficiency. I think most sailors have this same goal- we like to be able to handle situations on our own, without outside help. Knowing medicine allows me to spend my time learning the stuff I don't know as well. It's also, of course, a desired skill that I can offer among a crew that are better sailors, or navigators, etc- it gives me a niche.
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