November 15, 2010

Married to the Military Monday- OC Spray

Chances are, if you or your spouse is in the military, you have heard of OC spray... If not, you need to get prepared. If you're a spouse reading this, I am going to tell you how to take care of your man after he gets sprayed. First here is little bit of much needed information for you :

OC spray is short for Oleoresin Capsicum. This military grade stuff is more potent than ordinary pepper spray.OC has become more popular over the years due to the fact that it has been proven more effective than its predecessors. It is oil based, not water based. Capsicum is not soluble in water, and even large volumes of water will not wash it off.

In the military, a dry-run training leads to the actual spraying and demonstration of skills for self-defense.When sprayed for training you are generally encouraged to blink vigorously in order to encourage tears, to help flush the irritant from the eyes.The taste and intense burning sensation in the eyes or face is unpleasant, to say the least. The guys have related the pain to being stuck in the face with needles, and some say they would be better off having peppers, or hot sauce, rubbed in their eyes. During OC training, specific learning objectives are set forth where the trainees learn how to fight through OC induced blindness by rapid blinking. They learn how to transition to performing various empty-handed skills like punches or knee strikes and/or using less-lethal technologies like a baton to protect themselves, as well as their firearm, from an attacker. After being sprayed across the face, the OC spray will begin to run into the eyes as the trainee works their way through a course of "attackers."

If you happen to witness this training first-hand, you may hear a lot of swear words, or see a grown man cry.

There are several methods that can be used to deal with the pain of being sprayed in the face. You may read, or hear, suggestions to use things such as milk, Maalox, or the ever popular suggestion to use a no-tears formula of baby shampoo. Comforting the pain will be the first thought for a person who has been sprayed. The main thing you need to focus on is getting that stuff out of the eyes, and off the skin. Don't think that using a lot of water is going to accomplish this.

The last time my husband was sprayed he did use baby shampoo. We turned on the A/C in the car full blast, and he immediately stuck his face into the air. We thought we were doing everything we could possibly do. He was in an uncomfortable amount pain, and we just wanted to ease that discomfort. The next day he was still experiencing side-effects. Well, we found something that works very well. This is what we used this time:

Meet Dawn Plus Hand Renewal with Vitamin E.This stuff was fantastic! I put some of this in a shot glass and poured a little bit of water over it. Then, I folded some paper towels into squares, (just big enough to fit over the cup and the eyes,) and held the shot glass upside down over the paper towels. I shook it back and forth to coat the paper towels. On the way home, my husband used these as eye patches. He immediately began to feel better and could open his eyes up. After we got home, he vigorously washed his face with this stuff. He recovered much more quickly this time. Unlike several people that my husband works with, he went to work the next day with no signs of being sprayed. We are both very grateful that we have found something that truly works. As a matter of fact, we went out to eat that evening.

 I was not paid by Dawn or compensated in any way for telling y'all about this. I am truly telling y'all about this for your knowledge. I know how uncomfortable my husband was when he was sprayed, before we knew about this. I want to help other people experience the same recovery time period that my husband did this time. We will definitely have this on hand for the next time my husband gets sprayed or wiped.

Just be prepared for this to happen. It is not a case of if the military will be exposed to OC spray either directly or indirectly but rather when it will happen to them on the job. Consequently, the military have to learn how to survive and win in an actual OC environment that they, or someone else, has exposed them to.

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