My Airport Survival Guide is a survival book that I bought just for my own peace of mind. If you have ever been stranded in a small rural area and had no where to go or no food to eat and were only carrying one gallon of drinking water this may be a book for you. I never thought about living alone before but found myself in this situation, I was quite concerned because I am a good traveler and believed I would make it out OK. But let me tell you my story and hopefully it will help someone else. You do not have to be a good traveler to survive for a few days or a few weeks when you have no where else to go. In this article I am going to write about the situation I was in and what I did to help myself survive.
It was sometime in November of 2021 and I had just returned from a two and a half week vacation in the mountains. I had packed my suitcase for a short while and decided to go out for a walk so I wouldn’t get too wet. My best friend had also brought along his tent, so I decided to take advantage of the weather and go for a walk.
The day was clear and warm, but as we walked along I kept thinking I could smell mold and mildew. My initial thought was to show my dog and hope he knew better but I soon realized I should not have been so hasty. As my heart started to beat faster, my thoughts started to become more erratic. I wanted to stop by a Wal-Mart on my way out so I could buy some snacks for myself but my mind was not focusing and I started to become dizzy. My right shoe started to ache and my foot slipped off my heel but I was able to stay on my feet. I thought I might faint so I put some Tylenol and drank water to try and cool down but I passed out.
My head was ringing and I started to have trouble walking. My right shoe was throbbing and I had to walk with my left. I was getting dizzy but I figured it was because of all the caffeine I was drinking. I looked down and could see my toes were swollen, I thought I might pass out but didn’t think that was it. Somehow I managed to stay conscious and I began to pace back and forth on my walking path until I passed out.
My guide, whom I assumed was a professional at some sort, was looking at me like I was nuts and explained to me that it was probably a case of walking into obstacles and tripping over them. He told me that there were probably several people that way walking and probably only a couple of people walking the path I was on. My attention was caught by a man in a wheelchair coming down the hill and he was calling my name. I ran to meet him and we started talking and he told me he was from Ohio and that he had been walking for over forty years.
I asked him how he could do it but he said he didn’t need any walkers because he just used his hands. I asked him if he was alone and he said no, he had two other people with him but they were not walkers. He explained how he carried their supplies and food. The other man was in good physical condition and looked a bit older but was in good shape. He was wearing a white t-shirt with faded jeans.
I asked him what happened to him during the trip and he said something happened to him but he didn’t know what it was. When we got to the end of the walkway, he fell down and broke his leg. His other leg became inflamed and he didn’t want to use it because it hurt so much. I asked him if he wanted to call an ambulance and he said he didn’t want to do that. He started to explain that he didn’t know if he would be able to walk again or if he would need weeks or months of surgery and rehabilitation. I didn’t know what to do and my heart was beating a little faster because I was worried for him.
After he went to the emergency room and got some x-rays, his condition started to improve. His doctor told him to rest and to take some pain medication. The next morning, he went to the emergency room again and was released from the hospital after spending several days in the hospital. He told me that he actually bought a my airport survival guide because he needed to know what to do in case he got lost on this trip. Even though it was a brief trip, it was really helpful to him because now he knows what to do if something happens like he did on his last trip.