29 October 2012


Bethel Fire Department

In September, I started taking the EMT-1 (Emergency Medical Technician, basic) course through the Fire Department here in Bethel. 6 credits. Classes Monday / Wednesday from 6:00 to 9 or 10:00 as well as Saturdays 9:00-4:00. Plus, there's additional homework & reading to do. It's challenging. I'm actually remembering a slew, & I love it.

Wednesday, we had our first dramatic "call." We practice scenarios all the time. The topic was trauma: head, neck, and spine. Our instructor, & captain of the F. Dept., said, "We have a patient in the building who might need an occlusive dressing. Go find him!" Our class of eight, found one of the EMTs in the hall with a nice fake raised bloody neck laceration. We worked as a team to go through the skills when assessing a trauma patient from BSI to treatment & transport. It was fun! Hospital photos, videos, & these practice scenarios are a far cry from real ambulance calls, but it's helping to toughen up my stomach & get me mentally ready.

Early December I take the state exam (150 multiple choice questions) & practical exam, like the drill on Wednesday but with 10 stations, a proctor, & a stopwatch. Wish me luck!

I sense a pattern here. --->

... diva. He may be trying to out "show" that fire hydrant.

It makes him happy, okay.

28 October 2012

Straightening Out

It's been y-e-a-r-s, Quinhagak probably, since I've straightened my hair.

This is about as "straight" as it gets.

Little sister, how did you do this every day? ;-)

27 October 2012

The "lake" is strong enough to walk on. Let's remember, it's really a glorified puddle at 2 feet deep.

The neighborhood kids have been ice skating all week!

21 October 2012

Rhubarb pie

I put some of the rhubarb that Jenni let me harvest from her house in Anchorage to use & made rhubarb pie. mmmm...

06 October 2012

My Little Prince

Golly, I love this dog!

And... two swans are back.