Saturday, August 16, 2008

Life goes on...

I've been spending a lot of time in the 14 century lately, with the last three weekends away from home and under canvas.
My 14 century life has changed dramatically since I discovered I couldn't hammer coins any more due to an elbow injury. I can still do the spiel and have found a very good apprentice who is expert at hammering coins.
So, while looking around for something to fill my day I volunteered to take part in the court scene as the 'adulterous' wife. I've always been a bit of a drama queen and this has allowed me to revisit that part of my life.
But life has been going on in the 21 century too - and my life has been changing there too. With various reorganisations within our area of the Ministry of Defence, some of our responsibilities have changed or been removed altogether.
So I have been looking to change my skills slightly to benefit both me and my work. And I have moved into the training/education area of health and safety - whilst maintaining my responsibilities in site health and safety management.
For the last few months I have been training dozens of staff in the use of defibrillators and basic life support (CPR etc), practising my teaching skills.

This week I held my first full training day in first aid for a selection of the 150 first aiders under my management.
With a lecture in cardiac conditions, a forum for them to air their opinions and experiences and a whole afternoon of practising assessment and treatment of a variety of conditions, bandaging and resuscitation this was a full day that the first aiders have been craving for years.
I was nervous all day, although I knew most of the students quite well. When the day drew to a close I gathered the feedback sheets (that told me what the students thought!) and hid them - too scared to read them.
My boss got to them first and read them before I saw them.
I was pleased to see the feedback was mostly positive, only little niggles that need to be addressed before the next training day in November.
As they say - life goes on....whether it is the 14 century or the 21 century....


Melli said...

So which century do you PREFER to live in CQ? (i knew the feedback would be good!) :)

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Yes, as Melli asked, which life do you prefer? :D

Mind you, as an adulterous wife on tria, I can't imagine the punishment would be good!

Anonymous said...

Hiya, your site looks different - have you changed the layout?

and melli's Q is a good one - but surely nothing can beat a hot shower after a day in the 14th C?!


OldLady Of The Hills said...

How very gratifying that you are teaching and training so very many people in CPR and First Aid! Though you said you were nervous all day...I am betting that you are a SUPER SUPER Teacher....!
So, coupled with the Aduktress Wide Duties---your life is very varied, my dear CQ...Congrats and Bravo to you!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

ADULTRESS! My little old fingers are hitting more and more wrong keys....OY!

Anonymous said...

me again - your site looks just the same in IE6 - must have been me visiting using Safari that meant the side bar and heading didn't show up!!


Jean-Luc Picard said...

At least you were not burnt at the stake or stoned.

Bobkat said...

I said your training day would go well. Sounds like it was received very positively. Well done :)