It is hard to believe that it has been a few weeks since I have had a minute to sit down to write! It seems that April was filled with nothing but classrooms, conferences and training sessions. I have been an attendee, performer, and instructor all in a short one-month time keeping very, very busy. My educational adventures are not quite complete, but this has truly been a month full of learning.
Early in April I had the pleasure of attending a statewide women’s Bible conference hosted annually by my church. I shared the privilege of singing a duet at one of the sessions with one of my best friends. The music went well, and the weekend was one of spiritual recharge, excellent bible teaching, good music and warm fellowship. I saw many old friends, and made a few new ones before getting ready to leave Arizona for the east coast.
Next, I flew out to Maryland for a week-long professional legal management conference, and during off hours enjoyed some fresh salmon dinners and sailboat watching on the shores of the Potomac. In my hotel room I worked on a PowerPoint presentation I would be using the following week back in Arizona.
Returning to work the following Monday, I jumped right into my role as teacher. Enlisted by the Human Resources and Safety Offices to teach a two-week series of classes, as part of my government employer’s Safety Training Week, my education-filled month continues!
Every morning this past week (and all of next) is taken up teaching classes to my fellow employees about Ergonomics and Back/Lifting Safety. I have enjoyed getting to know co-workers better, and found interaction with the class members very enjoyable. With the help of my assistant, it has proven to be a bit more fun than work, and I am grateful to share some information that can help prevent co-workers’ injury! I am looking forward to the remaining classes next week.
As part of our safety training week, I also attended a class on CPR, and learned the new “no breathing” method of cardiac chest compression. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, even with my joint and lupus arthritis challenges, I was able to do this type of CPR. I had always been afraid I would not hold up long enough to do anyone any good in an emergency. I learned that using my body weight to make the compressions, and not my not-so-strong muscles, I could potentially save someone’s life without wearing myself out before paramedics could arrive. Click here, to read more about this easy to learn CPR method.
This simple live-saving CPR would be a good thing for lupus patients, their friends and family (perhaps anyone) to learn. To find out more about lupus and the heart, check out this 2009 Lupus Foundation of America educational web chat with one of the nation’s leading lupus and cardiology researchers, Dr. Amy H. Kao, M.D., Cardiovascular Health and Lupus.
Dr. Kao explains that, “young women with lupus have as high as 50-fold increased risk of having a heart attack compared to healthy women of similar age.”
Perhaps, after considering all my educational activities, the new CPR method was the most important.
Let’s hope I never have to find out!