Monday, March 16, 2009


You can be relieved to know that I won't be talking about privates in this post. WHEW! These, um, dummies, um, end at the waist, really.
The plastic you see hanging out of their mouths is part of their inflatable lungs...they are the new practice equipment for CPR.
Funny, I just don't feel as compelled to help this droid as I did Annie. Remember resusci-Annie????? I mean for Pete's sake....Android, Android, are you ok? Just doesn't have the same ring...or elicit any concern on my part for this plastic ghoul. I did pass the first aid and CPR for Health Care providers course, with flying colors...but it would have been more poignant with.....
You just can't pick your patients these days.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My friend, Shim.

By all accounts, this dummy looks like a man. A mouth breather, but nice teeth. He hangs out in a hospital bed in the back of our classroom.
So one day, my classmate Jessica and I were practicing vital signs...and of course, we giggle about the pH of pee pee and rectal temperature parameters and other potty medical stuff. So, our curiousity got the best of us...sure, we do NOT practice rectals...but what if we had to do that on the dummy? Does he have....well...ok, a butt hole?
We had to find out.

Quietly we lifted his hospital sheet and then his gown. EEEEEEEEEKKKKK! OMG. He has a VAGINA. Holy toledo. We quickly inform our teacher about our horrifying discovery, and she calmly tells us that yes....he's a SHIM...a she and a him...removable parts. He's just, um, she's just sporting the female thing today.
My friend Jessica has the biggest, bluest eyes and they almost popped out of her head. Well, we both had the best laugh of the week. I mean, WHO KNEW?

Now, poor Shim has his legs removed and his man parts on and is thrown on top of a cupboard, thankfully still in the back of the room. And I continue on, finishing my pre-reqs and waiting for my acceptance letter. What a trip.