Saturday, January 12, 2008

I'm Qualified!

What a week that was! The train service didn't seem too bad and, to me, spending an hour or so on a train with a book (or, god forbid, with my homework!) seemed to beat the prospect over at least an hour driving each way.
But it meant getting up at 5.45am, catching the 7am train, walking a mile or so to the venue, then train home at 4.30pm-ish, getting home at about 6pm - then homework! I was excused houewifely duties for the week, ate my main meal in the works restaurant and tried to get to bed early.

So, what was I learning so keenly?

To sum it up I am now a First Aid Instructor!

A week of intensive training in first aid advanced skills, teaching processes and classroom management. It was exhausting.
It was a mixed class, some were brilliant at first aid and some were very highly qualified instructors in their own field, so it made for an interesting week.

But I got a 'very good' on my practical lesson (which was Basic Life Support, aka CPR!), 33/38 on my first aid written paper (some silly mistakes I realised too late!) and a 'pass' on my theory lesson (cardiac conditions - all four of them!) - so I passed and am now qualified to teach first aid.

cq - teacher!
A bit late, but it's what I was always supposed to be. When I was at school it was intended I should be a teacher - until I failed my exams.

Sunday Update - [sneeze!] [cough] um, I seem to have picked up a sniffle from somewhere....why does one always feel like crap with a simple cold?

cq

23 comments:

Terry said...

Oh a teacher Crazie Queen!
How proud will our beloved teacher friend, Minerva be of THAT?
Good going!!...Love Terry

Bob-kat said...

Congratulations! I knew you would do it :) Glad to hear that your hard work paid off. Now if only someone would let me off my housewifely duties, but then I have been studying for 5 years, LOL!

I bumped into you at Michele's and sent me over even though I was on my way!

gautami tripathy said...

Well! I am a teacher although I teach Mathematics!

Welcome to the club.

Michele says hi along with me!

kenju said...

Congatulations, CQ! It is good to realize your life's dream (even if you didn't know it until later)!!

Michele is proud of you, too!

Fizzy said...

Well done you
Now I know who to ask if I need

chosha said...

Congrats! That's awesome! :)

rashbre said...

Congratulations, and a very worthy life skill too!

Roland said...

Michele sent me to issue congratulations on your completion of training in your chosen field. I was supposed to be a screenwriter once, but got lost along the way.

Sara said...

Hello, Michele sent me to say Congratulations! Those things are so important. I've never been able to pass the tests as I don't seem to have enough breath to blow up the chest on the doll...or at least I didn't when I was smoking! Now that I haven't smoked in 2 years I might be able to.

Maria said...

Michele sent me. May I add my congratulations. I remember when I took the course. I just couldn't get the hang of CPR. After working on the dummy for what seemed like forever, someone announced it dead. LOL I did pass the course but my hands were sore for a long time.

Bob-kat said...

Hi Hon! Michele sent me over to conratulate you again but I wanted to say that I am very proud of you! :)

Go girl!

rashbre said...

My second visit in less than a day and this time Michele sent me. I know what it can be like when suddenly starting commuting on the train with other peoples' coughs and splutters.

Take care!

rashbre

yellojkt said...

That is a great skill set to have. You should be very proud of yourself.

michele sent me.

CyberKitten said...

See.... Told you that you could do it.

[grin].

Well done.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Well done CQ! A fine accomplishment.

Michele sent me here.

gautami tripathy said...

Hey, travelling in trains give me reason enough to get on with my reading. Of course, do not do any homework. As a teacher I wouldn't recommend it.

Keep up the good works. Michele sent me here again to give you a hug!

Carmi said...

I'm deeply impressed at your accomplishment. Years ago, I certified as a lifeguard and spent many years working at pools in my neighborhood. My instructors were some of my earliest mentors, and I learned not just the fundamentals of first aid and basic life support, but many of the interpersonal and life skills which I ultimately used in everything I did.

To say that their influence on me was transformational would understate how much they helped me grow. And now you're in the same spot: how cool is that!

I cruised in from Michele's to share my happiness with you as you celebrate this milestone. Your future students await...

Dianne said...

congrats CQ! what a wonderful accomplishment. and man that schedule sounded like a killer - you should get extra points for stamina.

Diane said...

congrats on the first aid! And I have a cold too . . .

Michele sent me

Mar said...

Congrats, cq dear, what an accomplishment!!!!

Mar said...

Oh, and get well soon :)

Uisce said...

congrats to you, and I hope you feel better soon! do you know my cure for all ailments, especially snifflishness? it's chili sauce, the vietnamese kind, about a teaspoon of it mixed into whatever kind of broth or soup you like. that and onions, lots of onions. and rest. but mostly the chili sauce. :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Congrartulations my dear...And Bravo...! That sounds like a hard but rewarding week...!
Sorry you are struggling with a cold....Feel better, quickly.