Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Christmas Update:

Christmas 2011:

first semester of my paramedic diploma finished and wrapped up.....made the Dean's list with a 89% average.

Particularly happy with my Patient Care Theory final exam grade of 95.3%..... Lets see what next semester brings in two short weeks time. Start my clinical placements Jan 9th in Newmarket...going to be awesome!

Finally wrapped up my 12 week advanced First aid course for the Canadian Ski patrol, and started patrolling on the slopes a couple of weeks back. Finished my on snow training last night so am now a fully qualified member of the CSPS... picking up some paid shifts over the holidays and generally trawling the slopes looking for business. Breaks, sprains, strains, major and minor concussions and blunt force traumas a speciality.

Been flying under a white cloud so far......lets see what the new year brings.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Teddy Trauma 101: Spinal Immobilization

So my first semester of paramedicine draws to a close....I'm getting pretty much straight A's across the board.

but with the final week of exams coming up only time will tell if I can keep my average up.

However i got my one big hurdle out the way Friday when I nailed my scenarios helped in part by my friends at school and Jonathon at home: When times are rough you gotta do what you have to to get through.

next up: Medical legal..... then Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

heads down!!!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Post Mid-Term.

well its been a while since my last update.

I'm now over the mid way section of my first semester of a two year Paramedic diploma and I'm loving it.

Getting steady Mid 80's% in all my courses and 90's% in my Gen-Eds.

There's plenty of Inter cranial pressure but I wish I had done this years ago it seems I have found my vocation in life. I've even had the opportunity to put some of my learning into practice with the odd MVC (motor vehicle collision) I've happened across

Clinical placements start next term and then ride outs the following semester. Lets hope i can keep it all together.
On other notes I'm drawing to the end of my advanced first Aid course with the Canadian Ski Patrol and expect to be out picking and shipping the bodies within the next few weeks...as soon as the snow gets here.

I'll keep you posted, for now its back to study: [is] Spinal immobilization and penetrating trauma [the new black?]

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Update: Fall season...a major change in direction.

new team issue kit

There a major change in direction coming my way in about 48hrs as I start the first week of a 2yr Paramedic Diploma. So I guess my cycle training is going to take somewhat of a back seat as i throw my self head first into the world or Para-medicine.

I have to say I'm pretty excited about it, yet somewhat nervous at the same time.

I've moved North of the Metropolis Of Toronto Into the cottage country gateway that is Barrie, Ontario.

its got my name on it so its gotta be true right?

Funny enough though the riding round here is considerably better, with rolling open "Flanders" style agricultural land within easy spitting distance of my new condo Apartment and a decent sized park just a hop skip and a jump way where I can hit some technical single track and get more than enough CX training in so we'll see what happens when it comes to racing...thoughI know for sure that its going to be a lot less than last season.

Powder days !?!

Its also just short drive to Ontario's biggest ski resorts so I also went and volunteered for the Canadian Ski Patrol so if all goes to plan I'll be trawling the mountains and parks for broken and concussed shredders, so I can practice my new skills and pad out my Resume.

watch this space...it all starts Tuesday.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


4wks till school starts...

New apartment is found.

trying to find some time to get some rides in before things get serious....time to work the summer tash till I have to shave every day again....

Tomorrow will be 200+km ride to prove to myself i still have it in me (its been a strange year for training). As for tonight.....

sauna, hot tub, BBQ and a 3D movie to get me limbered up for the early start.

its a hard life

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Hay fever....

The ridiculous associated costs of a 30min race....

Peoples obsession with money above and beyond anything else....

3 things that are making me wilt at the moment..
My sisters upcoming visit...

My Girlfriends continued support...

The above image of a rather nicely framed vitesse saddle.....

3 things that make me feel a little better about it all.....

its all about maintaining the balance non?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

on a roll....

Took fifth place in the mid week worlds tonight.

Broke away from the pack with approx 15 laps to go, bridged to the break away of about 15 guys up the road then held in to take 5th in the sprint at the end.

week is shaping up quite nicely....

big thanks to Paul Green, team captain of my old team for getting the guys to block the pack as i rode off the front...couldn't of done it without you ;0)