Mar 28, 2007, 10:18 AM
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Re: [Bubba] Help I'm overwhelmed.......
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"We all have our own appetites for risk."
Think this an appropriate comment to this discussion.
Also think that appetite for risk, gets 'tested' when a person experiences serious harm to their person or someone they care about. Or accumulates experience over time to critical emergencies.
Basing the above observation on both personal and professional experience.
As an RN/industrial first aid attendent, my work in emergency first aid was in a construction camp, chain-saw factory, hydro-electric dam and pulp and paper mill etc. Legally, I was only allowed to administer oxygen in the work-place. This was not para-medical treatment. Several of these work situations were more than '45 minutes road surface time' from the hospital.
And even if we succeeded in transporting the patient in the ambulance to the closest hospital, it was then often, another helicopter or plane ride to a major medical center for critical care.
After those years, went into the much 'softer' environment of teaching:
training of ambulance, nursing students and the general public through the private sector, the college system and the RED CROSS. During travels in Mexico, accumulated another range of experiences, some of a serious nature.
Often one reads someone's account of their first-time safe journey through one of Mexico's more riskier regions. Say, like the coast-line of Guerrero.
The person often then becomes an instant travel advisor to others to ignore common cautionary reports and advise. In their opinion, the region is 'perfectly' safe. And the cautionary tales either overblown or alarmist etc.
The person can be quite unaware of what happened the day before or perhaps the day after on that same road/town/beach etc. to a local or extrajerno. We always talk with travellers/or locals who have just come from the road direction, we are travelling towards. We ask about road conditions and perceived safety conditions. Try to ask more than one person or set of persons.
Travel to me, has long involved risk assessment. However been wilderness exploring, camping/ rural living/farming/working since my parents put me to bed in the boot of their Austin in 1956 on a mountainous fishing/camping trip.
Heck! Life itself, seems about risk assessment:)
Ignorance, however, is often bliss.
Although one can always hope...not of the eternal kind.