27 Aug – ATLS 1

ATLS stands for Advanced Trauma Life Support.

I have been an instructor since 1988. It is a good deal. I get a chance to stay current by teaching in the course at least once a year and get to work with some really great people. I have gotten in a rut. After being on the local faculty again since 2004, there are 3-4 of the 20 some lectures that I can do in my sleep since, like everyone else, I always request to do one of these. Signing up to teach prior to leave, I didn’t even bother to look at the syllabus. like I said, I get assigned labs on the first day (and Triage if I am really unlucky) and lectures on the second day.

Coming in the door about 15 minutes before 0900 figuring I had an hour to review the lab material prior the usual 1000 start, I look at the posted schedule. In 10 minutes, the wall says I am lecturing on Shock. Even worse, I have the “poke-em with things” lab.

I haven’t done either of these in years, much less since the text changed. The lecturer after me was kind enough to swap, giving me 30 minutes to learn the 20 slides (multiple click sides – what a pain ) and look over the lab.

We all survived. Students, NCOs, auditors and me.

What a Monday. Lufthansa, according to my husband, can not find anything of my lost knitting. This is their final answer. I  really had hoped it would show up. The MP3 player I could see might grow legs and leave, but socks?

Even so nice and wonderful (cough) socks that I knit.

I am not knitting. I am sitting here, reading.


Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon is the latest in the Vatta’s War series. One of the few authors producing excellent military science fiction, this is another well plotted, fast paced book. As the fourth in the series, I think it would be difficult to pick it up as the background from the previous books is essential to understand the growth and development of several key characters. I would rather have it this way, since we are spared extensive rehashes of old materials.

The other book that I ordered – is the newest by Emma BullTerritory. The dust jacket says Territory, but there is another book inside. Now to just figure which of the big three it came from so I can discuss a return/replacement without paying postage.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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