Fear

As I have mentioned on another blog, my biggest fear about doing first aid as much as I do is that one of these days I’ll come across a real patient who is unresponsive and not breathing. I can do it on a dummy, that’s easy. A Little-Anne, the mannikin we use to train CPR on, doesn’t look very real. How ever much I pretend, it never was alive. It doesn’t have a family, or a life of its own. It will just lie there, no matter how much effort I put in to chest compressions, or how many additional pieces of equipment I throw at it.

A thought occurred to me: I want to get further involved in the Organisation. I am considering (more strongly all the time) retraining as a paramedic. The first increases the chances of me dealing with a resus, or some other life-threatening condition.  The second makes the this almost a certainty.

And I’m scared. I’m scared I’m going to enter a situation and freeze, not knowing what to do.

And yet I still want to do this… I must be insane…

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About The WalkingPlasterDispenser

So who is the Walking Plaster Dispenser? Well, I'm a volunteer First Aider, working with a well-known First Aid charity to help out random people I've never met before (or, more usually, when) they hurt themselves. This typically involves walking briskly (never run...) around after people who are silly enough to do sports or some other suitably daft activity in their free time. In my spare time, I am a graduate engineer, working my way through a graduate scheme with a big engineering company.

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