"Ouch", only as a sign of commiseration makes sense -- there was NO pain or discomfort of any type in all this -- in fact each time it happened (3) someone had to point out the blood, before I noticed.
Thanks for the collodion reference, I was starting to look for that.
I use tegraderm's primarily for waterproofing for the pool. Also these large dressessings called "Island dressing" -- Island meaning a non-stick wound pad surrounded by a sticky border, basically a giant bandaid, but white and looks like dressings.
My other method is to make a long dressing by opening a 4 x 4 to 4 x 8, and just taping it top and bottom. It looks like i have dressed my wounds with "paper diner napkins (and that may not be far from the truth>)
These are great because they are simple, cheap, quick, effective, and allow LOTS of air to get under the bandage.
Last week, my orthopedic surgeon cleared me for most anything, saying "let pain be my guide", but I will check with him today (Friday) to see if he has any more explicit or further restrictions if I attend this event.
I will be attending AMOK!: Empty Hands Seminar with Tom Sotis SALADO November 8-9, 2014 https://www.facebook.com/events/513220322155561/
this week end. My friends, including at least one doctor, will be there to keep watch over me.
The biggest issue for me is that I continue to cycle my fluid retention to "empty my legs" and keep down the swelling.
The exercise of the event will naturally take care of the activity portion of the cycle so it will be my job to take breaks to elevate and ice. I am taking the Polar Care Cold Therapy machines with me and staying at the Holiday Inn Express so that has to make me smarter.
I will consider each event and decide on a case by case basis if it makes sense to participate or how fully to participate.
Likely I will do SOME 'full opposition', i.e., fighting, but not all of them.
Likely it will be necesary to skip some exercises to elevate or ice during each day.
I might even try taping on the Polar Care pads and using the quick disconnects to hook up during the 'lecture' portions while placing my feet in a chair and lying on the floor.
This sounds so far out there that it will dumbfound most people but if any of you have any thoughts (more explicit and beyond "Herb, don't do too much") then let me know.
I can assure you that this will still be "inside the envelope" -- it's combat training so small injuries like a bloody nose or sprained fingers occasionally occur.
If anyone kicks me in the knees they will likely just hurt their foot when contacting the titanium so I'll warn everyone not to do that.
Falling is my stock and trade though I am going to try to stay away from falls whenever practical (takes too long, and too much effort, to get up with tight knees at the moment.)