Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Well, I did it! I passed the dreaded National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) test! I am a fully certified EMT now! The test was no joke. There were things on that test that i had no idea about. The best I could do was to read the question....read it again....and again....read the answers...read the question and the answers....sit back and breathe deep and make the most educated guess that I possibly could. I called my brother, he teaches the Paramedic course in my hometown back in Kansas and is an RN to boot, and he told me "Welcome to being an EMT, where educated guesses are a way of life." I took longer on each question on this test than I have on any other test I thnk I have ever taken. Seriously, I must have spent a solid minute or two on each one! the test scares you also....it just cuts off when it feels you have answered enough to prove your knowledge. No notice, just cuts off. The worse part is you have no idea if you passed or not. You leave the testing site filled with impending doom that you have completely rocked the test. Usually, if you take the test during the work week you find out within a couple of hours. Me? Oh no! I took it on a Saturday so I could stress out about it all weekend until I finally found out yesterday (Monday) at about 0930. Talk about a HUGE weight off...that was it. So, be careful out there in Virginia Beach....I may be coming to scoop up what is left after one of those "Hey...Watch this shit" moments!!!
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Well, tomorrow is the day for the final testing (psychomotor) for my EMT class. 10 minutes that will make you sweat, forget your name....just intense pressure. the state of Virginia requires an EMT to test in three subjects: Trauma, Medical, and a random skill. The random skill could be anything from splinting a bone, traction splint of a broken thigh, suction and airway, or backboarding. Been studying hard and running through the steps in my head. I know i have this but..... This is not the hardest thing i have ever had to do, far from it. However, it is the latest stress test in my life!!
Friday, October 11, 2019
Okay, my blood is boiling and I am pissed off. So the Houston Rockets owner tweets out support for the protesters in Hong Kong and the NBA FREAKS out. Banning players and everyone from talking about Hong Kong or anything that might displease the Communist Chinese. And the graphic of China on ESPN that shows Taiwan and the "9 dash line) in the South China Sea as their territory? So, they are alright with outright disrespect to this country on our own soil but god help them if they call out the Chinese on the bullshit they are doing. Ever heard of the over 1 million ethnic Uighur people being held in "re-education" camps under armed guard? Or that the Chinese government "forces" family members to come home and then interns them? Or the "Confucius Institutes" on major college campuses to keep track of their students and to ensure the colleges do not espouse anti-china rhetoric? When the hell is this country going to wake up and realize that China, not Russia, is a MAJOR issue and will soon be a peer which will challenge us in ways that they can then choose.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Well.....I decided I wanted to start a blog....and forgot i already had one! Been a few years since I last published anything. Still do not know if anyone reads this (and pretty much do not care)...this is for me. I left the shipyard life finally. Good money but there is more to life than stressing out and regretting hearing a phone ring. I am working in a cubicle now, a far cry from the vast shipyard I left. I am writing technical specs for the US Navy for ship repairs. Not exciting by any stretch but it pays the bills. I did start the EMT course here in Virginia Beach. I have been wanting to do that for a very long time and could never find the time. Well, I have discovered that if you wait for the time to become available, it never will so I made the time. I have been in class since June and will graduate in December. But, then it is massive study time to take the National Registry test. Damn difficult but nothing in life worthwhile comes easy as I have found. Been on two student runs thus far, my third is this Saturday, and it has been good. Was tepid on the first couple of calls but soon worked out of that....these people need help or they would not have called and I am that help. Saddle up cowboy, lives need saving! I have spent the last few years really trying to find myself after my retirement from the US Marine Corps. They took me in when no one else wanted to give me a chance and gave me a blank slate to do well or screw up as I saw fit. I "belonged" there. Now, I must find me again. EMT is really the first step in that. For my next thing I am thinking some sort of martial arts. Was always a fan of Tai Chi, even took a class in it back before I joined the Corps and loved it. But, that will take place after I pass my National Registry test!! Well, I hope to actually keep this thing rolling this time. Forgive me if I digress and do not post often. This was a couple of years ago but here is proud Dad with son at his family day prior to graduation from Fort Benning. Coffee, by the way, still kicks ass!!