Certified (but not insane)

Written on September 20, 2009 at 9:34 pm
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So today was the conclusion of my first aid course. I slept in this morning! My mom walks into my room a minute or two after 8am and goes “What time did you have to go to your first aid course again?” and I looked at the time and I instantly went into panic-mode in the whole “Oh no!!!!” kind of way. Luckily, my parents were planning on going out this morning so they gave me a ride and dropped me off for my lesson. Which went well, by the way! Today we learned about bleeding, how to deal with various medical conditions (diabetes, convulsions, asthma, allergies), bone and joint injuries (splints and slings!), head, spinal and pelvic injuries, how to care for wounds, rescue carries, how to deal with burns, poisons, bites and stings and, lastly, what to do when someone is too hot or too cold.

The lesson that my instructor drilled into our head was: Always have padding underneath your knots (for slings and splints). Why? Because the patient will get a blister and it will get infected and they will die.

It was a good day. I passed the course (yay) and got my certificate for “Standard First Aid – Health Care Provider” with my certificate for passing the CPR portion of the course as well (CPR for Health Care Providers – whoot!). I’m quite pleased, it’s already in a page protector…

Also today, I’ve read for one of my classes this week, watched part of the Emmy’s (not sure why anymore – half the shows that get mentioned are only available through special channels, i.e. HBO, and I don’t get that channel and have never heard of some of the shows that get nominated) (it was a very small part of it). I also read a novel that wasn’t required for any of my classes (shocker). It’s been a while since I’ve done that… I’ve missed reading for fun (I’m a huge reader, but lately the things I’ve been reading include the newspaper and my textbooks so…).

2 Responses to “Certified (but not insane)”

  1. Caity says:

    Phew, I’m glad your parents were able to give you a ride to your course! Good thing that all worked out! I know you really like it and it would have been horrible if you missed the last day! Yay for passing it! 😀

  2. Heather says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this, but I have so much respect for you and your ambition to be a pediatric or nurse… Or really working in the medical field at all. I think that’s one of the most beautiful careers. Really, you have the ability to help so many people. Truly incredible. :)

    Anyway, I’m glad the conclusion to your first aid course went so well!

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