I got my outfit tonight, including fireman helmet *lol*
It's not the association I was planning on working for when I went to medic school (I was hoping a paycheck would be involved), but I'm learning that the Red Cross offers the same medic training for free or reduced pricing.
I was heartbroken to have failed my EMT2 training, but I'm still an EMT1 and that's not nothing. Like in the OR, someone's gotta hand the surgeon the knives and pour iodine all over the patient *lol*
Now I'm getting a second (third, actually) chance to do this, for free, because I've been volunteering at blood drives since February.
In fact, I'm utterly grateful because I was able to get my 2 Corona vaccines (the 2nd today!) simply cuz I'm with DRK. It's totally unfair, my husband teaches school in person to a classroom of kids (last week they had some positives, he tests the kids in class), but he's not in the right line to get immunized. I got immunized .......for volunteering?
Tomorrow is day 1 of my required Red Cross training. Check out the name of this class:
I think I know what that means, after our 2 hour meeting tonight. It was our very first in-person meeting since Corona! I brought my famous chocolate chip cookies, which I'm delighted to introduce Germans to. I'm always afraid Germans are gonna say "How much sugar and butter are in these, are you trying to kill us?" but I was happily surprised when our leader took the cookie tin home tonight to share with his family.
I'll try to get a photo of myself in my entire reflective outfit soon. I had no idea the Red Cross issues special gloves! Check out my new enormous jacket:
I honestly have no idea why we have to wear our work clothes for a training class. It's gonna be 85 degrees every day and there's no AC. One interesting difference about the Red Cross is I'm allowed to have these clothes in my house, and am expected to care for them myself, even after duty. At the firestation, etc, those clothes do not leave the building unless you're on a call, because they are considered dangerously contaminated. In one of them we were not allowed to wear our boots back into the building, so there was a row of Crocs, etc, by the ambulances for changing into on return.
The work becomes tedious over time, but I hope with the Red Cross I'll remain as unjaded as possible.