Sunday, December 17, 2006

Birthday Morning

This is how our morning began, with more Combat Lifesaver training. Here Cliff and I discuss the finer points of IV driplines.

And here's where you earn your paycheck.
That's Cliff inserting his first IV, (with CPT Olsen's Guidance) into his first living body (Mine). The sweat you see on my (ample) forehead - ain't from the heaters. CPT Olsen is an EXPERIENCED Trauma nurse back home in Wisconsin. He ultimately had to guide this in, after my notoriously-difficult-to-stick veins eluded Cliff. "O-town" was there for tutelage, and to step in if blood was spurting anywhere, and to berate us for being big babies. He was a joy to have around.
This IV thing is all-important, and an engaging yet simple process that needs fuller explication. I hope to do that when I get the other pics in. This kind of thing very easily can save a life out here.


Kentucky Brat said...

Happy belated Birthday!

skinnylittleblonde said...

I know it's a very important task to learn out there. I can see the apprehension on your face & trust that it got better from here.
Personally, I hate needles but discovered that I must know how to properly use them when I lived with my fragile diabetic brother. I never saved his life directly, but learning to load & administer injections properly saved EMS from drastic measures many times.
PS~Hope it's OK that I trapse through your blog world!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I hope you had a Happy Birthday and that your next one finds you safely home.