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iamhistory
July 31, 2004, 03:26 AM
Well All.......I've been thinking about situational awareness even moreso than I always do, because of the fact that I'm recuperating from surgery this past week. Not only am I recuperating, but my wife is as well, as two weeks ago we had our first son (future 2nd Amendment supporter and gun enthusiast).

It's bad timing I know.....I was scheduled to have a surprise hernia repaired weeks ago and that way, when the baby came, I'd be well on the mend and could be sure my wife & daughter were still taken care of. Well, it didn't work out that way and I had to cancel my surgery b/c of pregancy complications and mom ending up in the hospital. So now, we are both gimping around with inciscions in our bellies and feeling under the weather......quite a pathetic sight to say the least.

This whole dilema got me thinking. In your various experiences and opinions how would you prepare for yourself and family's protection if you were only days out of surgery, very uncomfortable with a VERY limited ability to react, move, etc........and add in your responsibility for a wife who is recuperating from a c-section surgery, your newborn son only two weeks old, and his older sister.

I feel very vulnerable to say the least. I've limited my time out and about and we've been relaxing at home to get back to 100%. When I do go out, as you probably do.......I always have at least some protection on me. A tactical folder behind the belt at minimum. The CCW is still in the vehicle with me, but there is no way I could put on a holster and full size 1911, or even my Glock, and be able to get around without busting some stitches. I have a bug in a Beretta Tomcat, but it's not a 1911 in a physical/tactical/or emotional sense.

Here's another angle.......normally, I am very aware and tactful. But, now that we have the newborn I've found myself consciously avoiding potentially confrontational situations and being extra aware & cautious where during other times I may tell someone what they could do with themselves. I ALWAYS am careful with my family with me, but the newborn has boosted that a bit.

Just curious how you all would deal with this one. Physically impaired and living in a dangerous world. Interesting dilema.

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YammyMonkey
July 31, 2004, 11:46 AM
Just about all you can do is be extra-aware and try to avoid the pain meds to help keep the head clear. I'd also try and limit your time out of the house until you've recouped since you'll probably have that weak/damaged/victim look while hobbling around. If you can, try to go out with friends who are properly equipped.

Biff
July 31, 2004, 05:43 PM
After my abdominal surgery I bought a Miami Classic from WildAlaska. Also switched from a belt to suspenders for a while.

Preacherman
July 31, 2004, 08:33 PM
I'm in the same boat - back surgery on 7/20, stitches came out yesterday, and I'm stuck with a large draining wound, so I can't wear anything with a belt. :fire:

I agree with YM on the basics. I also carry in more readily accessible ways (fanny pack next to me when I drive, pocket holster for lightweight gun when walking), and when I'm at home, I make sure that I have a firearm readily accessible in every room (although concealed, of course - don't want a BG break-and-enter artist to find them easily!).

Until one can move with one's usual speed and steadiness, there's not many easy options, are there?

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