I recently returned from Shreveport after a brief visit. The original intention was for me to be a student in a Medic First Aid class so my husband could audit the instructor. If actual students showed I’d be off the hook, but being that they didn’t, it was all on me. Yes, I used to be a medic, so I figured I could daydream my way through the four hour class. That didn’t happen! The instructor was engaging and many times during the course I found myself actually performing tasks. Great tactic! If you want students to stay awake, make them do things.
Because it can potentially save a life, let me boil down those four hours for you. First and foremost, GET HELP! CPR is very labor intensive and tiring. You want backup as soon as possible, plus having the trained guys on the scene allows the victim to get the care he/she needs that much quicker.
Number Two: Make sure the scene is safe. It won’t help anyone if you become a victim, too.
Number Three: Compressions are key for effective CPR. Even if you never perform one rescue breath, compress like the wind! Okay, more like compress to the beat of “Staying Alive” or for those with gallow’s humor, “Another One Bites the Dust”– mid-chest, and you should push down hard enough for the chest to sink in about two inches. You will hear and feel strange things. These are typical and should not stop you from performing CPR. If you’re coordinated enough to give rescue breaths, give 2 breaths after 30 compressions. Make sure the chest rises and falls with each breath. P.S. Wear gloves and use a rescue shield if available. This equipment is considered PPE, Personal Protective Equipment–it helps to keeps the cooties a victim might have from getting on you.
I’m not going to make this entire post about the first aid class. Shreveport/Bossier has become one of my favorite places to visit and it plays a part in a couple of my books, so let me show you around a little bit.
Crawfish are a Louisiana staple, so much so that ponds/empty rice fields are used to harvest enough to meet the demand. These ponds are generally quite shallow, so this boat has been modified to push them through the mud so they can empty their traps.
A not so great pic of the Shreveport Convention Center shows where Holden and Bert attended a law enforcement convention. This place is monstrous and located in the historic downtown, not too far from the Red River.
The appropriately named Red River. Down in south Louisiana, our waterways are often a caramel brown. My personal joke is that if a gumbo is the color of Bayou Teche water, it’s good. Our water is filled with sediment so the water takes on the color of the dirt particles floating in it. In the delta region of Louisiana our dirt is dark brown/black. As you move north, the dirt becomes orangey-red. Thus, Shreveport’s Red River.
The Louisiana Boardwalk has one of my favorite shops, Bath and Body Works, so after a nice lunch at Saltgrass Steakhouse my first stop was to restock my favorite fragrances. After perusing a few more shops we made our way to my husband’s favorite place, Bass Pro. He shopped and I played in the arcade.
Another place that was mentioned in my books was Cross Lake. Jacob’s parents, Fred and Julia, owned a house on the spacious body of water. Here is a not so wonderful shot from the bridge as we crossed it.
And finally, a picture of my favorite place to be while writing in Shreveport. Quite a bit of “Deja Vu” and some of “Unforeseen” was written in this very spot. (That might be a trivia question one day, lol)
Thanks for reading!! Be sure to keep an eye out for “Connie’s Wild Night”, the next short story to be released in The Green Bayou Novels. It’s coming in June!! 😀