So I've been away from this blog awhile.
Back in July, I decided I needed to improve my emergency medical skills. And so I enrolled in an online emergency medical technician (EMT) course.
This has been challenging for me from a number of perspectives, including:
It's been a lot of work.
Today, I've finished the most challenging tasks. I have some homework assignments to complete, a few open book quizzes, and rotations with EMS and ambulance services, but that's relatively easy compared to what's behind me.
I wanted to take a few minutes and explain why I did this. In no particular order:
Should everyone take the EMT course? No way. It's a tremendous time suck that will take away from other worthwhile obligations. For most people, regular and recurrent first aid/CPR training will suffice. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, seek out additional training that addresses common issues faced in the wild. Anyone in the shooting sports should seek out first aid training specific to the possible injuries one might face on the gun range (heat related illnesses being chief among them).
In the next few days, I will share the story of how I got to use my training before I'd even taken the final exam.
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