Thursday, Dana and I set out for Nawhfuhk VA for the 2005 Virginia EMS Symposium
. We had a great time -- I got to meet many of his instructors/friends from his paramedic class, see people I've met since starting this thing back in January, do a little networking in anticipation of some stuff we'd like to undertake at the squad, and take a few classes in the balance.
Oh, and eat a lot. :) Thursday, we had a lovely dinner, just the two of us, at Shula's...first time in a long while we've been able to relax and eat and eat and eat and enjoy each other's company. Burgers Friday lunch, Johnny Rocket's Friday dinner, Nacho Mama's Saturday lunch, banquet (with Willard Scott speaking) Saturday night, and then Cracker Barrel for breakfast on the way home.
I took classes in HIPAA, Geriatric Trauma, Trauma From the Field to the ED, Domestic Violence, and a cadaver lab. (I blew off Crush Injuries and How To Tell One Psych Patient From Another.) I got little bits of useful information from most classes, but overall they were pretty boring (lots of micronapping).
The cadaver lab was pretty rough -- I pictured an operating arena with a corpse that they'd be autopsying and talking us through. Instead, there were a ROOM full of them in body bags, about 5 of them exposed in varying stages of, um, exposure, and then individual body part stations around the room where they showed us different organs and pathologies. We were invited to touch anything we wanted at any of the stations, and while it was an opportunity I'll likely not get again, I decided to pass. (I have restless hands, and I didn't feel like being EXTRA VIGILANT about NOT TOUCHING my face/shirt/pants/hair/FACE. As it was, I was extra vigilant *anyway*.) But I have a much better sense of What Is Where, especially in the abdomen.
Did you know that livers are REALLY REALLY large? Like, the size of your head?
At Saturday's banquet, I met a woman named Carolyn who is a classically-trained singer, lives in Richmond, and has promised to give me the hookup to the music scene in the city. I may soon have a place to sing!
So...that's where I've been and what's been going on. Anyone want to fling the icon-making link for these little anime-looking ones many of you are sporting?
Oh -- and Hagen was supposed to be home today (after 3 weeks of obedience training/boarding during symposium), but the breeder had to run out of town on an emergency, so that's been put off until Wednesday. I WANT MY PUPPY BACK!!