Hydrogen Peroxide. If you don't keep your wounds clean you're doomed - no amount of neosporin can save you so long as your scars are crawling with bacteria. In fact, the neosporin will reverse any sort of healing progress as it locks in the bacteria, creating a dome of rotten perplexities. Your feet are most important. Everything starts with your feet. Keep them clean, cut your nails, take care of scrapes, cuts, and scratches; only applying neosporin after they've been thoroughly rinsed with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Now, think back to a time - any time, really - where you saw a man with mangled, horrifying looking feet. His nails were jagged, suffocating from all the dirt and grime built up from years of neglect. Was this man sitting on the ground...were his teeth in much the same shape as his feet? The answers to these questions are most likely YES. Now, think further, ponder a bit more: would you consider this person HEALTHY?
THE ANSWER, EPIPHANY & CONCLUSION: TAKE CARE OF YOUR DAMN FEET.
I've been surfing over tropical reefs for the past three months and my feet are cut and torn. My hands, as well. Only recently have I adopted Hydrogen Peroxide as my own - loving it and cherishing it as a MOTHER (tomorrow is their day) loves a child.
Just today, I rode a leftward moving breaker, a turtle diving, narrowly dodging the piercing cuts of my scags. The reef a blurred beauty below my feet, I turned and maneuvered into the wave's pocket - its honey hole, its sweet spot, its lap. A quick slash to stall my growing speed, a subtle tuck and a gentle grab, and I found myself under the lip of the curler. Fully engulfed by the ocean, I rode until, like a bullet from a gun, I shot. The circle shooting its misty load as I surfed on. I had just gotten barreled, and, as usual, no one saw. My dismount was spotty and, honestly, flamboyant to a fault...i hit the reef and cut my toe; not horribly, not even badly enough to notice it at the time. The in-n-out was all that was on my mind...it's all that's been on my mind since.
That, and foot care and peroxide and the nicely shaped bass that I reeled in the day prior ( I almost hooked two at once, but one of 'em slipped away).
Stay tuned for the next installments:
1. Vitamin C
2. Grapefruit Seed Extract
3. Attempt Two at Ginger Tea
4. Causing Mutinies in the Workplace