It has now been three weeks since I managed to fall into a freezing cold lake. Whilst I try to keep the majority of my blog posts light hearted and not too serious I have come to realise that things could have turned out a lot worse.
So here are a few of my top tips just in case you are prone to the odd accident or two on the bank like I am.
- Don’t keep valuables in your pockets such as your phone, car keys etc. Now I was lucky I did have my phone in my pocket but the Samsung S7 is waterproof to a degree so survived its little dip.
- Keep some spare clothes in your car. It doesn’t matter if you take a dip or end up standing out in the rain playing a fish it is no good spending your time on the bank in wet clothes. I am so glad that this is something that I always do.
- Invest in a first aid kit and keep this in your car as well as you never know when it will come in handy.
- Make sure you have a rough idea of what the weather conditions are going to be so that you can take the right clothing with you. Also invest in some decent gear that is up to the job in hand.
- Keep your swim neat and tidy so that there is no way you are going to trip over anything as you rush out your bivvy when your rod goes screaming off.
- Let people know where you are and when you should be back, having someone know this vital information can make all the difference
The last thing I want to say about keeping safe is not really a tip but really is something we as anglers should know and that is the symptoms of Weil’s disease or Leptospirosis. Here is a brief list of symptoms which I got from the NHS Choices website
The symptoms of leptospirosis usually develop suddenly around 7 to 14 days after exposure to the leptospira bacteria.
However, it is possible for symptoms to develop from between 2 and 30 days after exposure.
About 90% of leptospirosis infections only cause mild symptoms, including:
•a high temperature (fever) that is usually between 38C and 40C (100.4-104-F)
•nausea and vomiting
•loss of appetite
•muscle pain, particularly affecting the muscles in the calves and lower back
•conjunctivitis (irritation and redness of the eyes)
•a short-lived rash
These symptoms usually resolve within five to seven days. However, in about 10% of cases people go on to experience more serious symptoms.
Severe leptospirosis infections are sometimes called Weil’s disease. The symptoms of a severe infection usually develop one to three days after the more mild symptoms have passed.
If the condition progresses to a severe infection, it may affect organs, including the brain, liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. This can lead to further symptoms, including:
•jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
•swollen ankles, feet or hands
•shortness of breath
•coughing up blood
So stay safe and have fun, oh and don’t have nightmares