We practiced putting each other in a KED, a device that wraps around the upper part of the body and keeps the spine in alignment. And we practiced immobilizing one another on the spine board.
On a break, I practiced sizing the cervical collar and putting the head blocks on the spine board, minus the patient. Okay, these two activities are to most really quite simple and done by most easily – this does not require much forethought. But the hands-on nature of this course has been a bit more difficult for me. So maybe it was not at all surprising that I felt elated once I figured out how to do these things. Now there exists the possibility that I might do well on the practical exam.
This has been a course in which I have had to focus on the present, and not think so far ahead. Today I learned that there will be a mid-term practical and a fill in the blanks final – and that’s it for the course. Then there is the NREMT practical.
Right up until the end, it will be one step at a time.
I have to give myself credit – last semester I sat in on the EMT class – and then I thought that actually taking this course would be way too difficult. I have now nearly done it. This is an accomplishment.
After class, I studied for a while on the bridge and waited for Pete to pick me up. I’d left Deathtrap at the recycling center a few days ago. The snow was falling way heavier when he picked me up. We then went to a BCHA meeting. There was some talk about the 2020 summer trail ride season. It seems so far away, but actually, it is right around the corner. I like it, 2020, the year of the visionary.
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