A Curmudgeon’s Viewpoint (March 23, 2019)

Learning new things.

AEDCPR

Since I have turned 60 years old, I thought that I was pretty much through with learning how to do things, but this past Saturday, I realized that we as a species, should never be afraid to stop learning.  About two months ago, there was a signup sheet for AED (Automated External Defibrillation Device,) CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation,) and First Aid training at my workplace, BCI-Empire Division.  One of the first things that I did was pose the question on Facebook, “Should I do it?”

The overwhelming response was:

YES!

Here’s the thing, I don’t have a bone of altruism in my body at all, I am very much a pragmatist.   But given that I am a pragmatist, I look at it as good business.  The more people who can first respond when something medical happens, the better.  Besides, the one opinion that made me decide was my husband.  He is a retired health care technician, and has been trained in it.  Basically, he ordered me to do it, and I am glad that I did.

So I went through the course, and now I know what to do when shit happens to other people, and I am in a position to help.  And I will do it, plain and simple.  Without reservation.

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© 2019, Dean A. Basler Jr., all rights reserved.

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