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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Ear's to You

Today in first aid training we moved on to WOUNDS. I had to play victim in a couple of scenarios, and in the first, I was asked to play an auto mechanic who had somehow managed to cut off the top half of one of his ears.

So I improvised, moaning and groaning, one hand clapped to my ear. The "rescuer" - a fellow student who doesn't know the nature of the scenario - rushed in and followed the steps she'd learned.

"Hi, I'm Theresa, I'm a Medic First Aid and I can help you. Are you all right? What happened?"

I struggled to think of a plausible answer to her question. After all, a person delivering first aid should know what happened in order to react properly.

"I CUT OFF MY EAR! This is what happens when you run with scissors."

Best I could do on the spur of the moment. Anyway, she applied dressings, saved the top half of my ear, and called 911. SAVED!

Sadly, I found out that hands-on defibrillator training will have to wait until next year. But at least I know enough to operate one of the idiot-proof models if I have to. ZAP!


susan_rn92 said...

Great post, Earl. I was laughing my guts out, and I suppose you know how to put a dressing on that so I don't die.

Anonymous said...

No Superman review?
I took my 2.5-year-old. Very moving.

Earl J. Woods said...

Superman review is coming.

Anonymous said...

it was okay. I was a little unimpressed, but like the geek told me on the bus ride home, "they could have done a lot worse".

who am I to argue?

In reality, it would have been better had a father of a 5 year old girl and 7 year old boy had remained at home (with his kids) or if he had jammed something in his kids' mouths to stifle the incessant talking during the movie....