Day Fifty: RIP Truffle

Pimp mobile from 2007-2011

Yesterday, on my way to meet my way to meet up for a class trip my car just stopped running. Thankfully, it was before I hit the Interstate. Since this car is as old as me, I figured that perhaps the gas gauge was wrong and it was merely out of gas.

Walked to the gas station, bought a can and some gas and walked back. Still no luck after that. I called a tow truck and arranged for my professor to pick me up on the way to our camping area.

In addition to my professor picking me up along the way, he used his AAA card to save me about $50 from the towing cost. It still cost me around $40, but that is much better than paying a hundred bucks. I’m going to have to buy him lunch sometime to pay him back. As sweet as his gesture was, I feel awful that I needed that help.

My mechanic announced my car DOA. No compression of pistons means the engine won’t move. This ’89 is not worth the money to get it fixed.
If my car had lasted another week and a half then my new-to-me car would be in my driveway.

Instead, I had to bum a ride home from a classmate and borrow my parents car for the week. If anybody needs help, please let me know. I gotta throw a balance back into my karma.

First Day of WFR Training

I feel that I should post what I’m feeling now so that in a week I can laugh and say, “Why was I so nervous????”

Today was an overwhelming load of acronyms and patient care information. I donno if I can cram it all in my head.

The reasonable part of me keeps saying “no one learns it all in one day, take your time, it will stick, chill out.”

However, the stronger impulses telll me I’m in way over my head.

Today I learned:

  • Primary and Secondary Survey of patients (this involves a metric ass ton of information)
  • Endless acronyms that will soon become a pile of flashcards
  • Taking BP with a cuff (and without). I don’t see how this can possibly be accurate, I suck so badly.
  • My classmate/tablemate hates talking about blood and almost puked/passed out on me today.
  • I want to make the perfect SOAP Note evar…
  • I never want to do triage work.
  • Crap sleep=crappy long day at school.
  • Don’t volunteer to add traction to a femur fracture first.
  • As uncomfortable as I am doing the Head to Toe assessment, I can take heart in the fact the guys were waaaaay more uncomfortable.
  • I’m not the only one with bad ciruclation and freezing fingers while I palpate a patient.
  • Hypothermia can begin setting in at 97 degrees…holy crap, please don’t die.
  • Doc’s jokes make our instructor, Cal, groan too.

Enough playing. I’ve got to gather my gear, wash some laundry, make flashcards and glance at the CPR material for tomorrow.

One day down, seven to go.

Ed: Originally posted January 6th, 2011. Am currently a Wilderness First Responder through SOLO. Great experience and learning environment. Although I have the skills I hope I don’t find a person who I must use them upon.