Be Patient

I know that there has been a certain sameness about the topics of this week’s posts, but I am hoping that you will be patient with me, especially if I promise not to make any pun whatsoever about the word “patient”.

The fact is that I haven’t sat an exam of any sort for about thirty years and so the First-Aid exam tomorrow is perhaps preying on my mind more than it would if I were normal more used to them.

Until this course began I knew little about human anatomy. Thanks to David Beckham and the 2002 World Cup I knew what a metatarsal was, I knew enough about abs and pecs to know that I don’t seem to have either and I was aware that de hip-bone connected to de thigh-bone.

I do still have a long way to go (while answering sample questions today I was asked to name the three types of bleeding (arterial, venous, capillary) and wrote down “artillery”) but I have learned a lot and am hoping for the best tomorrow.

After which I promise never to mention the course again.

12 thoughts on “Be Patient

  1. Patti

    I suppose artillery bleeding is quite appropriate in certain situations – but probably not what they’re looking for.

  2. A Frend

    Presumably with a first aid exam, it’s pretty easy to tell if you’ve passed. Did the patient survive? You’ve made the grade!

  3. Janie Jones

    I’m a little late to the party here, but hope your exam went well! I had to take the First Responder exam last spring after a 15 week course for University. I passed, but it was stressful! For some reason I always got auscultation and percussion mixed up. Perhaps not as funny as capillary and artillery, but still get’s the question wrong every time.

  4. Tinman Post author

    Thanks everyone, for your encouragement during the week. Anyway, I passed, so if any of you don’t feel well at any stage write a post about it and I’ll write my suggested treatment in reply.

    To be serious for a second, it’s quite strange to spend three weeks learning stuff that you hope you will never have to use at any stage in your life.

  5. Pseu

    can you remember the right way round to put the triangle for a high arm sling? It always takes me far too long to work it out!

  6. Tinman Post author

    I have to say putting on slings was not my best skill, Pseu. In fact last week when the instructor was finishing up she said “make sure you all practice bandaging and slings before the exam”, then looked over at me and actually started to giggle.

    Thankfully in my practical part I got diabetes (if you know what I mean).


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