Thursday, June 25, 2009

Take Home Tests

I just don't get the whole concept of take home tests. I'm older than the other students so I was raised in the era of you do the work or you fail. Period. But the last two tests we had were take home. I wish I would have known earlier so I could have saved myself the hours of studying until 1 or 2 a.m., but at least I know the material and not just the answers. The thing that pisses me off the most about these two test are the fact that they will, in my opinion, artificially inflate my opponents, I mean classmates, grade point averages. I have the highest grade point because I work for it. It's my way of keeping score. And now they get to close the gap with take home tests. It's like were all running the marathon and they get to take a damn taxi for a couple of miles. It means nothing in the long run, I'll know more for the National test, but it still pisses me off.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Things To Remember

When learning about the lung sounds that might indicate troubled breathing, never forget that:
1. Stridor is not a ranger.
2. Crackles are not made by to many rice crispies in the lungs.
3. Wheezes do not move on up to the east side after use of an inhaler.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Things Cracker is not allowed to do.

I am not allowed to refer to the medic giving a elderly patient the Heimlich maneuver as the geezer squeezer.

Cyanotic patients are not to be referred to as looking kind of smurfy. All smurfy references are smurfing forbidden.

Just because "Another One Bites the Dust" is a perfect 100bpm, it is not acceptable to hum it while performing CPR.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Learning Points

Thing's I learned in EMT school: It is not acceptable to tell the worried wife, who asks if her husband is gonna make it, that she might wanna update her facebook status.

Easy Peasy

So far EMT school is pretty easy. Mostly because I have completed all of the pre-reqs for nursing school. I put in my Paramedic school app today, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I still lead my class in grades. Now if I can only memorize all the alphabet mnemonics they are teaching us I should do well on the practicums.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What To Do?

So I found out last night that if I take two PE classes I'll have enough credits to get my Associates degree in Para medicine. I wonder if I should take walking or advanced walking. I think they teach you how to chew bubble gum in advanced walking. The other cool thing I found out is that if I graduate the Para program on time, then right after that Instructorguy is gonna give a Wilderness EMT certification class. I was told classes will be given in the wilderness.

Another test down and my grades climb higher. 98.5 grade point so far.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Top of the World

That's right. I am the lead dog. So far I have the highest grade and am doing well in my EMT class. It would be nice if EMS was not the red headed step child of the allied health dept here at Podunk U. I think that I am really going to enjoy this training and may even stop at being a paramedic. It's outside and hand's on helping. Though, if I didn't have to, I damn sure wouldn't do a summer class again. Tests every class. 2 Classes a week for 5 hours. It takes it out of ya.