A thought came to me (pretty much out of the blue) the other day.
Without reason, I found myself thinking about IV sticks and remembering my time in the stab-labs and wondering (if I were to have the ability to take that course again) would I be able to do as well as I did back then with those IV sticks. I have to note real quick (for any of you new readers) that the last time I did an IV was a good 20+ years ago when I was dong those above mention “stab-labs”. While I think I probably “COULD” relearn how to IVs again (if given the opportunity, I’m not sure I could do it with the same bravado and assuredness that I did back then. For me the IV sticks were the easiest part of the course (it was the classwork that killed me). I forget the numbers, but I think I did pretty darn good on those IV sticks in class I’m not so sure my partners were to happy about getting me however as I have the hated “now you see me, now you don’t”veins. Those of you familiar with starting IVs know what I’m talking about (nice big & beautiful veins that give you a feeling of confidence and all, until you put the needle against it and it starts playing rolly polly, roll-away)… But I am digressing and getting of track big-time. The thought came to me that things like this are right up there with the reason (and please lets not get into any arguments on whether it is right, wrong, or indifferent) that we send 18 – 20 something year olds out to war…. Old enough to follow orders and use their thinking caps enough to get the mission done yet young enough to not stop and really think enough to be afraid of what they are doing.
At 20 something learning to do those IV sticks was nothing…. At 40 something would it still be so easy? would I be able to just jump in there and “go for it” without hesitation or reservation? I don’t know…..
And what about the more dangerous stuff – Like running into burning buildings (hopefully prepared) or crawling into a car teetering on the edge of a cliff…. Assuming that you were just starting out in the field at forty something instead of twenty something (and yes, I know it’s been done), would you be able to do these things with the same gung-ho & bravado attitude (without hesitation or reservation) as you might have been able to in your twenties?