Minor Victories

September 12, 2006

I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, mostly because I’ve had a rather good couple of days.

One fun bit was that I took a CPR/AED certification class last night so now I’m certified… or certifiable, depending on who you talk to. 

The class was interesting and the content has changed a great deal since I was a non-attentive fifteen year old boy scout.  What was startling was some of the changes for dealing with choking victims (they added back blows to the process) as well as the number of compressions per minute, which I remember being quite a bit slower.  Taking yoga for the last five months helped out the compressions though; I could have gone on quite a bit longer, which is a good thing.

One of the real startling aspects of the class was that there was very little explanation about why you do something – it was all about how to do it.  I know that the how is important; you need to be able to do this stuff without having to take the time to analyze and figure it out in an emergency.  Still, knowing why you do something gives you the ability to adapt to a non-standard situation; if you know why then you can work out how.

Still, it is a good thing to have some training – I’m tempted to continue on with some of the classes.  Problem is that the classes are downtown so there are rather inconvenient and only on Monday nights, which is just as inconvenient.  Food for thought.  


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