Started another spring semester for school. One step closer to starting my Nursing program, fingers crossed. This semester I am taking Medical Terminology. This not only helps me in the future but it will help me grow in my EMS career now.
” If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein
Something new I learned at work today…
Did you know, that a cast saw uses vibrations to cut instead of spinning like a regular saw? I sure didn’t. When I saw the casting technician turn on the saw and run it across her hand I was a little surprised. I know casting saws don’t cut through skin, but I wasn’t sure how they actually prevented that. When the tech told me it was the vibrations that caused the saw to cut through the fiberglass, I became more curious. So I read some articles on it, and watched her do another cast removal. If you’re still curious on how it works or want to watch a video, click the button below. Thanks for reading about my random bit of knowledge!
“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
– Frank Herbert
My Morning in the Heat
Summer is really starting to feel like it’s here. Taking Rex on his walk, he tuckered out faster than I thought he would. That was okay with me though, I forgot to put sunscreen on and I felt my shoulders burning. After I got him some cool water and some air I decided to do another HIIT workout from Monday. I wanted to do it before the heat became unbearable.
Grabbed my water, and my Ipad and headed to the backyard. Its the only space where I have enough room and don’t feel like I’ll bring the house down with all the exercises. By now it’s a little after eleven o’clock and the heat is making itself known. I’m doing my thing, sweating, keeping up and then it was time for burpees. I have a love hate relationship with them. I did them to the best of my ability but then, I felt it. After a while you start to really know your body and when you push your limits I was doing just that. I heard the slight ringing in my ears, followed by everything becoming muffled. I felt myself getting a little dizzy and tunnel visioned. You guessed it, the heat was getting to me.
Thankfully, I’m able to recognize when my body has had enough. I stopped, let my heart rate slow down, drank my water and got inside to the cool air. After a few minutes, my body began to cool down and get back to where it needed to be. Did I finish the workout? No. That’s okay though. I was a little bummed out, but I would rather be safe than not.
Things to Watch for:
- Heat Cramps. Heat cramps will feel like more intensified cramps.
- Heat Exhaustion. The skin will be pale, clammy with excessive sweating. Stop the activity and cool down immediately.
- Heat Stroke. Skin will be hot and dry, seek immediate medical help. This is very dangerous.
Be careful and stay safe working out in extreme temperatures. Make sure to have a source of hydration accessible. Wear comfortable clothing for you and your environment. Most of all, have fun! I hope my little excursion of the day helps with becoming aware of your body and in a hot environment 🙂 Have fun working out lovelies! 💚
“A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”
– Marcel Proust
A Little History Of Fire Prevention Week
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8,1871, and did most of its damage October 9. If you would like to read more about this and see where I found all this history just click HERE!
“Fire takes no holiday”
– Author Unknown
Being Patient, But Positive
You can only be patient for so long when you need something. This past weekend was my drill weekend with the Navy reserves and oh boy was it packed! I ended up waiting for almost 3 hours for a dental exam and even more time waiting for paperwork and uniforms! I had two choices. I could either sit there for 3 hours and be unproductive waiting for dental. OR I could be productive and work on other items I knew I had to get finished. It’s very easy to just pick option 1 because its just easy honestly. Sit back, day dream and wait to be called, not a lot of effort at all. Option 2 though will yield you more results and you’ll feel more productive and accomplished when you start crossing things off your list of “to-dos.” I managed to finish my blog post of the day, I got all my paperwork in order and organized, I received all my uniforms and finally finished my dental exam! I felt less stressed, I didn’t feel pressed for time and I felt accomplished most of all. What are some ways to stay positive and productive to increase your patience? Down below are some ways to help:
- Listen to some music. Any music that you enjoy while waiting is a plus. Some sites that are free are Pandora , I Heart Radio and Spotify. Of course there are more but these are some of the most popular one.
- If you are behind on something start doing it. Whether it is making a list for the grocery store or buying something online that you’ve been wanting for a while. This helps you keep your patience and prolongs your peace.
- Read. Reading lets your mind wander in its imagination and helps your brain and body calm down. Either a paperback book, a magazine or something on your phone can help with passing the time waiting for something.
I just gave a small list of some ways to help alleviate the stress of waiting in lines trying to get stuff taken care of. These are some of the ways that I keep myself occupied and it actually helps the time go by a lot faster. Especially in the military because we have lines…for lines. Stay positive, stay productive.