Weekends are made for…..Myocardial Infarction? Mid-shaft femoral fracture?

October 18, 2011

OVERHEARD IN THE HOLDEN LOUNGE: “Know what I don’t like about structured debate?  It’s so STRUCTURED.”

The downside of doing the Glog on Tuesdays is that usually the Monday person posts all about the weekend, leaving Monday’s special events for me.  I know, right?  What special Monday events?  When was the last time you heard someone say “Hey guys, good news!  It’s MONDAY!!”

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job.  But a part of me would really love to be paid to sleep a little late (like, ’till seven thirty or so), play with my kids, eat waffles, and watch football after a hike.  If that were my job description I would work every Sunday for the rest of my life.  Then Monday could be my weekend.

Well this week, I’m going to write about something that Molly will definitely not write about, even though it happened on the weekend.  This weekend I saved the life of a 72-year old woman experiencing a heart attack.  I also transported to safety a man who had ruptured a coronary artery, provided oxygen to two patients, put a young woman on a backboard, and assisted in the delivery of a healthy baby (although the mother never thanked me for it).

Okay, the fact is the elderly woman’s name was Tony, there was nothing at all wrong with the woman on the backboard, and the guy with the coronary artery teaches History at Gould and he helped deliver a baby too.  This weekend marked the official opening of the 2011-12 Ski Patrol season at Sunday River, and we were practicing things that we hope never to have to do for real.

On Monday morning we learned just how close to home any medical emergency can come, and though I would never wish any kind of trauma or illness on our community (or anyone else’s, for that matter), I know that there are people here on campus that are prepared to appropriately respond to whatever comes at them.  And I know that some of those responders could be students or students here.

Are you one of them?  Would you like to be one?  Mr. Manning, Mr. Hedden, Ms Frailey, Aaron Mason, and I are already, and some other Seniors will soon be.  Come talk to one of us if this Glog is talking to you.

Sometimes we even practice on Sundays.

Before football, of course.

Photos by W. Reynolds, Sunday River Ski Patrol

An uninjured "injured" person

Yours truly, helping out a "little old lady."

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