Today I turned 39 years young. To celebrate I am getting Wilderness First Aid Certified! It’s a 16 hour long class broken into 2 days. The Nols instructors are talented make-up artists and cover us with bruises and cuts and fake blood. Then we do lots of simulated backcountry accident scenarios in which we practice newly learned wilderness medicine tools by assessing various circumstances, checking vital signs and determining injuries and arranging emergency evacuations.
It’s a weird thing to do on my birthday that was just when the timing worked. I wanted to do it close to home and this session takes place at the Boston Audubon Nature Preserve in Mattapan. It’s a beautiful place and we do lots of the training outside lying in the grass pretending to be disoriented and dehydrated. It’s pretty funny but also kinda stressful. It’s a lot to remember but I have to say I do feel empowered having the knowledge.
After my long first day of wilderness medicine training I came home to a festive birthday dinner with my dear ones and some really sweet gifts.
8 more hours of backcountry life saving skills tomorrow and then I’ll be certified!