I’ve been having a pretty nice weekend.
Yesterday, class let out early; around 3:30. I stayed late, the only student to do so, and played with a cardiac monitor and a really cool cardiac simulator for another hour and a half.
The simulator is pretty neat; you take the leads from the cardiac monitor and, instead of snapping the leads onto gel pads on a patient’s chest, snap them onto snaps on the back of the simulator. The simulator then feeds the monitor different rhythms and aberrations. The simulator comes with a remote control that allows the instructor to select the output; there’s also a mode where the student presses a button and the simulator sets up the output. The student then figures out the rhythm and any other modifiers; the unit tells the student if they guessed correctly and lets the student guess again if the previous guess was wrong.
The instructor was puttering about doing administrative stuff but was happy to come over and answer my questions. So, faced with a bunch of squiggly lines, I could ask for help and the instructor would help me work through it. We had spent the morning going over cardiac arhythmias; by the end of the day I felt like I had half a clue towards identifying arhythmias from the monitor.
This morning, I slept until I could sleep no longer, then went and climbed partway up Mount Washington. I was hoping to go all the way but got started late; I just couldn’t bring myself to get out of bed with nothing but entertainment pressing. So, I finally got on the mountain just before noon. I stomped up the Tuck’s trail from Pinkham and on up Lion’s Head. I had set myself a loose 3 pm turnaround time and a firm 4 pm turnaround time but decided to turn back when drifting snow started to obliterate traces of the trail as I was reaching tree line. The wind was quite strong and cloud was moving in. I decided it wasn’t wise to continue on by myself so I turned back. I did get to use axe and crampon, the only time this year due to work constraints.
On the way back, I stopped at a scary townie place and had dinner while watching NASCAR.
Then I came home, or rather, back to the hotel. I’ll be spending the rest of the evening doing Firefighter I homework and drinking beer.