August 7, 2011

The Book of Awesome

Or, How I Diagnosed Myself with Chickenpox.

Growing up we had a first aid book aimed at outdoorsy people.  It included directions and illustrations for how to set and dress a compound fracture, impaled eyeballs, all kinds of cool things!  I have always loved all things medical so spent many happy hours perusing this book.

When I was 14yo I got chickenpox.  The one thing you didn't do was wake my mom without sufficient reason.  Only recently did I remember that between waking sick with a nasty, itchy rash and telling my mom that I had chickenpox, I checked The Book and diagnosed myself.  Hahaha.  She felt a little guilty, actually, when I told her that.  But I thought it was pretty cool that I could figure it out by myself (yep, I was that kid).

It was later donated and I thought I'd never be able to find a copy: I couldn't even remember the title.  But after a few searches on Amazon I found it!  Best of all, the edition from my childhood is 1¢ :)  Guess whose Christmas came early? lol


  1. What a fun memory! And if I ever have kids I'm going to have to train them like your mom. I didn't know that was possible. But I needs my sleep.

  2. Great find! And thats so funny what you did. All kids should be that self sufficient and I'd consider adopting one.

  3. @inkedintellect
    I think it's my personality to be self sufficient. I got so sick with chickenpox, though, and my mom nursed me for days.

  4. @The Slapdash Sewist
    Lol, she's a bit like a bear woken from hibernation ;) That trained me well, plus I'd rather take care of myself when possible.


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