I wanted to update everyone on our trip. It was great! Blood sugars ran a touch high for both of my guys, but I'll take it! Several people wanted to know what the event was all about, so I'll do my best to describe it. Our lives do not revolve around diabetes, but they pretty much revolve around lifeguarding during the summer.
We were able to eat some good seafood and go to the beach before the games started. We also drilled the team with first aid flash cards pretty late the night before.
We overslept the morning of the competition. The hotel room alarm clock was set on radio, not alarm. Not on a radio station. And at lowest volume. So, the start of our day was a bit frantic. The team got there on time; they were in their own vehicle. We got there a little bit late, but before the opening ceremonies.
First event was CPR. It was pretty straightforward. The team just had to demonstrate their knowledge of CPR skills.
The 2nd event was first aid. Each team member had a different "victim" and each victim had 2 things that needed attention.
Next, there were 2 in-water scenarios. No instructions were given. The lifeguards had to assess the situations and respond appropriately. The first scenario had a spinal injury, 2 shadows in the pool to find, and an asthma attack. Possibly something else I didn't catch. It goes quick!
The last scenario had multiple victims as well. Choking, passing out in the water, active drowning were all in this scenario. Again, there was probably something I missed.
It was a fantastic experience, and I hope to be able to go again next year!