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Today was the regular SJA training session, which was quite… - John C. Kirk

Jan. 11th, 2006

01:33 am

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Today was the regular SJA training session, which was quite interesting (bag-and-mask stuff). I'm now booked on training days for medical gases (5th Feb) and driving theory (11th March), so I'm looking forward to them. I've also got some photos for the website, which I'll sort out later.

In case anyone's interested, here's a picture of me in my uniform:
John in SJA uniform

(Technically I shouldn't have my hands in my pockets, but this is the least incriminating photo I could find...)

In other news, I quite liked this tip from Motley Fool: "Ah, January, the month of good intentions. Put a fiver on each friend going smoke-free, no-alcohol or low-carb. They'll try valiantly to prove you wrong, but come February, the clever Fool will be collecting winnings!" A bit cynical, and slightly cruel to exploit your friends that way, but amusing nonetheless.

And speaking of mixed feelings, I really shouldn't be tempted by He-Man & She-Ra - A Christmas Special.

Coming back to SJA, there's a quiz night in a few weeks, between different divisions. Apparently the plan is to redeem the honour of 359 (Addiscombe and East Croydon) by beating Croydon. I'm happy to take part, although I do wonder whether the others are overestimating my general knowledge skills. The last time I played Trivial Pursuit, there was a question about "Who is Princess Aurora also known as?", to which I proudly proclaimed "She-Ra!" It turns out that I'd got Aurora and Adora mixed up. Well, it could happen to anyone...

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From:susannahf
Date:January 11th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
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The photo looks like a pretty standard pose at Selhurst - lounging outside the tea-room trying not to freeze to death :)

IIRC, part of the reason we lost was that our team was sorely depleted of non-new members as most of us were helping to run the quiz. Also, Croydon has one member who can literally quote the 8th edition from cover to cover. I've never been on duty with them, so I don't know how that sort of encyclopaedic knowledge translates to treatment, but I do worry that it might pass you exams but be a bit of a burden if you have to use your initiative to treat someone. "You have a broken arm, therefore you need a wide-arm sling. NO! move you arm so that it fits the sling!" (Cue screaming from patient). I really hope that wouldn't happen, but some people take the written word as gospel a bit too often.
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 11th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
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Ah, I didn't realise there were first aid questions too. I have at least read the 8th edition all the way through, but I'm a long way from memorising it. We were also talking about the pre-read for Ambulance Aid 1 last night, and apparently the ambulance manual is about 2 inches thick... I certainly agree with you about being able to adapt, though.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:January 11th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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My thought processes went

"8th edition? Of the Encyclopedia Britannica!? Bloody hell. But why would he learn the 8th edition of the Britannica when he could learn the 11th? Must be something else... The Bible? have there been 8 editions of AD&D rules? Ah, it must be a first aid thing..."
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 11th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
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I think reading the entire Brittanica is an impressive achievement, let alone memorising it...

In this case, it's the 8th edition of the First Aid Manual.
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