Lions and spiders and scares… oh my! by Maria Jacovides
We were totally out of our normal routine this week, with the first three and half days taken up by the obligatory first aid course needed to qualify for FGASA.
Yet this was also interrupted on Wednesday morning when a lion kill was radioed in by one of the neighbours. Class was cancelled and we drove about 2km up the road to the scene of the kill. Some other residents and lodge guests had been lucky enough to see a lioness drag a kudu across the road, but by the time we arrived, we could just see the panting predator’s head between the dried up winter trees. What once was a kudu lay ripped up a few metres from her.
So an exciting start to Wednesday morning; but by Thursday morning, I had become the prey… With a blood-dripping wound and a broken femur sticking out, I had become the victim of an elephant stampede. Ok, the wound was plastic and it was our first aid scenario test, but it was still quite dramatic as I put in an Oscar winning performance of a panicking patient. I thought it was quite good anyway…
I also made a friend this week – Flattie the spider (pictured). Well I say a friend – he came to visit me on Monday, and by Tuesday night was spotted cavorting with one of the other students in their bed area, no less. No loyalty you see. A rather cute and alarming spider at the same time – not dangerous though!
We are all officially knackered now. After both a theory and practical first aid test on Thursday, we had our first Antares exam on Friday afternoon, and that just rounded off a pretty exhausting week with that last bit of an adrenalin rush.
I feel a deck-chair coming on…