Wednesday, November 1, 2017

CPR, cat hat, Halloween.

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Just this week, I started to apply for part-time nursing gigs and realized that I needed to renew my healthcare professional CPR certification.  I went on Halloween morning and this was a particularly good class. It was taught by an enthusiastic firefighter with straightforwardness, brevity and good humor.  CPR training used to emphasize the mouth-to-mouth breathing.  Now, there is no mouth to mouth breathing at all if you are a lay bystander and for health care professionals, you only provide breaths if you have a barrier method.  I think people were balking at doing CPR at all since you were suppose to do mouth-to-mouth.  So as a lay person, just do the compressions! Don't even worry about the pulse, if they are unresponsive, just start the compressions.  Forget the breathing.  It's better than nothing to keep the blood circulating around. And go get someone to run and find the AED <- that's the key.  I also almost cried during the training thinking about people who might need CPR.  Gah.  Things can be tough.

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My mom bought be this hat and left it on my office chair while I was gone.  When I came back, I thought I had a cat sitting in my chair.  I was kind of excited at that possibility.

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Vince looks good in a cat.

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I was going to bail on Halloween.  The kids are too old & the party at a friend's house that was suppose to happen got cancelled.  We are at the end of the street that doesn't get very many kids; I proposed keeping the lights off.  Everyone looked at me like I had grown two heads.   After CPR, I went out and bought candy.  I remembered that Ruth had given us Halloween decorations.  I had to ask Adriana (the tallest person in the house at the time) to put up our ghouly ghosts.  I know it really it was that everyone wanted candy in the house - something I never do.

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Boo.

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