Friday, March 20, 2009

What a week...

The week started gently and rapidly gathered speed....

Monday was mostly paperwork and website building.

On Tuesday I was called to a casualty. Being centrally based and the first aid site instructor, I am often the first person the security office call for an injury/incident. Tuesday's chap was a confusing mix of symptoms; vomiting, dizziness, pins and needles, disorientation, cold clammy skin and thready fast pulse. With no improvement after ceasing vomiting and with rest and reassurance I called for an ambulance. The chap was kept in hospital overnight with a suspected inner ear infection - which explains the mix of symptoms.

Wednesday I was teaching classes in CPR and use of automated defibrillators. My classes were a nice mix of civil servants, Air Force, Army and Navy. The first one was packed out, the second class was very 'intimate' with only half a dozen. No class too big or too small :-)

Thursday; more teaching - this time 1:2 practicals where the staff get to play with the resuscitation manikin and the training defibrillator. A long day with 16 students at two at a time.
Funniest quote this week from these magnificent volunteers;
'it's ok; I'm a defib opulator!'
I think I'll keep the word 'opulator' - it's a great word!

In addition Thursday was our nominated day for the site Cancer Awareness Day with a display with lots of leaflets and information - all organised by me around my teaching. That was in recognition that here in the UK March is National Prostate Cancer and Ovarian Cancer month.

After two and a half long days on my feet I woke up this morning to find my bad knee was very swollen and my back ached - so I arranged to take today off and spent all day with my feet up. MB was worried about the hours I put in this week, so he was pleased I took the day off and rested.

We're looking forward to a lovely sunny spring weekend this weekend - the weather is looking good and we've had a tremendous week of sunshine.....not that I saw a lot of it!

Funniest thing I heard this week. As I bemoaned my lack of chocolate (I rashly gave it up for Lent!!) one of my students quipped 'Being atheist has its benefits!' :-)



carmilevy said...

I love that word: opulator. English is incredible in the way it can be twisted and stretched. Who may yet enter our vernacular someday if we use it enough!

I thought of you this week: there's been a huge push to get automated defribillators installed in all sorts of public buildings. This week, it paid off: a man having a major cardiac incident was stabilized with one - docs say he would have been gone without it.


Tanya things so, too. She wanted me to thank you for laying the foundation for other people to lead better, healthier lives.

Melli said...

Sounds like it really has been a bit of a hectic week! I'm glad you were able to take the day off to rest up that knee! Surgery can't get here soon enough! I'm SO glad that my own knee problems have cleared all up and gone away on their own... just stressed I reckon.

Oh CQ! If chocolate is a benefit to atheism - I'll pass on chocolate FOREVER!!! LOL! I do feel "with" you though -- I'm off ALL sweets for Lent! (not just chocolate...)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Many give up Lent for Lent.

NetChick sent me here.

carmilevy said...

I am back from Tanya's to thank you for reminding me of the season. I made note of it yesterday, but I don't think it really sank in that spring was finally here. I guess it's hard to convince myself of that fact when it continues to snow and I continue to need my winter coat and gloves.

But it's not about the forecast, is it? It's about the spirit. And as soon as I saw your comment, I knew I needed to change my attitude a bit. Thanks for the incentive to do just that!