Trip Start Oct 20, 2011
Trip End Nov 04, 2011

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday October 27th 2011

Just watch it… J

Simulations and groceries:

On Thursday my leg muscles screamed at me every step I took. But was a memorable kind of pain that reminded me of a good day, and a big adventure. I ate breakfast and prepared for my new day of adventures.

My group spent the morning in the nursing simulation lab. At the lab I found out about Singapore's different forms of airway management. I got to see a ventilator, an ETT, a LMA, a venturi mask, suctioning from an ETT tube and also a C-pap. OPA’s were also used. I reviewed a lot of specifications for managing airways.

The nursing students we were with for simulations are quite young. In Singapore to become a paramedic you must first become a nurse. Nursing is a two year progam. The students were reviewing respirations, types of altered breathing sounds as well as devices to handle breathing obstructions.

In the simulation rooms there is the glass walls I spoke of, I wish SAIT utilized a structure like this because I personally can learn a lot from watching mannerisms of behavior and by reflecting and drawing from such a memory.

I spent time with the nursing students for lunch with Adam. We discussed norms for teenagers in Calgary in comparison to Singapore. We talked about the system for paramedics in Calgary versus in Singapore. We talked about Halloween and I enjoyed learning about their realities in relationship to mine. Singapore is very flashy, efficient and full of technology. Which has been dazzling, but alas my world isn’t quite that way. The girls I was talking to were more home bodies too though. Which was easy to relate to.

In the afternoon my group got to watch the paramedics do their simulations. I got to be a patient, which was a lot of fun. Attica my new friend was the lead paramedic. She was calm but spoke very quickly. I got to experience from a patient perspective how frightening it is when a medic is panicked or shows fear. Adam did a scene as lead and I did assisting. It was neat as Adam is so calm and patient and tells you exactly what to do when. Which makes my job easy. I learned from Adam that strong leadership equates to strong following.

In the evening for the first time all week we just did nothing. We went to get groceries and relaxed. I went to bed and read. And let the world become quiet. I wake up energized and excited and fall into bed absolutely exhausted.

The lessons I’m learning are fantastic. The challenges I’m facing are so powerful and in the experience I am growing.

I’m counting my blessings tonight. Lots of love.
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