Wednesday, 18 May 2011

It's Wednesday, but it should be Friday.

So this week has been nuts already, and it's only Wednesday. It does not give me hope for the rest of the week.

Monday and Tuesday, I was taking my first aid training at J & T Consulting in Regina in the warehouse district. It was an awesome course, my instructor was a firefighter here in Regina, and he was a great teacher, especially since he actually uses the things that he teaches us everyday. I feel ready for anything! Of course, because the last few days have been kind of crazy in a karmic sort of way, my car got totally pwned yesterday by a small girl driving her boyfriend's huge jacked-up truck. The driver's side door was crunched, as well as the window on the door and the mirror.

Don't worry, luckily I was not in the car at the time. We seem to have everything figured out at this point, but still, car accidents are stressful, even when they aren't your fault!

And today, hardly a couple hours ago, I missed my first opportunity to use my new first aid knowledge! My younger sister got a job working for EYES camp this summer at the U of R. It's an engineering and science camp for school age kids. They blow stuff up every once in a while and today my sister burnt her hand doing an experiment. She was in Caronport, so the doctors treated her there. I am actually just waiting for her to get home now, she is on some strong meds so I'll have to keep an eye on her once she gets home.

My Dad says that he thinks since our car got crunched, and my sister burnt her hand, that this means that he will get a hole in one golfing today. Let's hope things get better and not worse!

Now back to my first aid, I was wondering to myself yesterday whether teachers working for the public or separate school system need to have up-to-date first aid training. I don't think that they do, but they should because of how much can happen in a classroom, no matter what age the students are. What could happen because a student has a seizure, or a diabetic emergency, or even just a cut?

On a more ECMP 355 based note, I started using Google Reader today, and so far it has worked well for me. I didn't realize how many people were in the class until I had to copy the URL's into it! I told my boyfriend about how I was going to be using it, and he was all "the thing with the RSS feed?" and he looked super impressed. I even almost convinced him to join Twitter! The guy can barely keep his facebook up to date, but I think he'd benefit from the simplicity that is Twitter. That's what I have found anyways. I still find it super flattering that people actually want to follow me, I'm like, "really? Cool! Guess I'll have to be more interesting!" But I have had some darn good tweets with the crazy week I've had.

Oh, and if anyone was wondering, I know Petey B was, the recording went very well. I have never sang or played guitar for that long without stopping in my life! But we made it through, and I can't wait to hear what the mastered/finished songs sound like! And I will be posting them on here too, as I think they reflect my professional interests, and my musical capabilities, which have grown so much since I started university. It's so technological, to record music, which is also why I want to post them here. I'd also love some feedback! Positive only though, I cry easily... Ha.

I am also really hoping to be able to sign in live for class tomorrow, I wanna get in on the discussion! Not to mention I feel like a student deadbeat right now, I have so many ideas for blogging and I haven't done any of them yet!

Well, if you'll excuse me, I need to tend to my heavily drowsy and injured sister. Oy. That girl I tell you...


  1. Hi Riley,
    In response to the part of the blog about teachers and first aid training I would like to say that I completely agree with you! I just took my first aid/CPR course again about 2 months ago. I missed out on re-certifying so I had to take the whole thing over, but thats another story. Anyways, I came home after training and had a whole discussion with my dad about how teachers don't need to take first aid training. My dad is an electrical foreman and for obvious reasons if very pro-safety. I told him that I was so glad I was keeping up with it because I would never want to be in a situation where a student in my class got hurt or had a seizure and I didn't know what to do. I just can't believe all teachers would not want this knowledge. It begs me to ask the question... why is first aid training not mandatory? Craziness.

  2. Hey Marissa,

    Yes I think it is a concern that they do not need to take mandatory training. As a teacher, I feel that I should be prepared for anything happening in the classroom, and as a parent, wouldn't you want your child's teacher to know basic first aid, CPR and AED training? Not every school has a nurse present everyday at the school, so who becomes responsible if something happens?

    Thanks for clearing up my question! I wasn't sure if they did or not. Should be something to take up with the STF. Why not have an inservice for it? They have them for everything else...