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I love it when a plan comes together

even when it wasn’t my plan to begin with.

In this case I went to Galveston this morning for a course that I needed to take for my practice. It is ACLS, or Advanced Cardiac Life Support. It is normally a 2 day course for new certifications and 1 day for re-certifications, but as I had let it expire over a year ago and certification is good for 2 years, I was told to sign up for a 2 day course even though I have been certified and recertified several times.

I initially inquired about the course a couple of months ago while I was in New Zealand. After a few emails with the director, I had my mom send a check to them to reserve me a space in the course and to obtain the materials. The timing seemed perfect, and I even booked my trip home and my next job with the course in mind. It also coincided well with my mom’s birthday (June 30th- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mama!). I had such a good plan happening.

At least that’s what I thought.

I left home this morning at 6:40 thinking that I had plenty of time to get to UTMB, but there was traffic coming over the causeway, and then I had to find parking, and ultimately I arrived in the education office at 8:05. Not a problem, I thought, because the schedule said that registration would be 8:00 to 8:15. Imagine my surprise when the guy I saw at the table told me and a couple of others that we would have to come back because, as he told us all yesterday, they were going to be starting promptly at 8:00 this morning. “Told [us] yesterday”? How in the world did he…?

“Are you saying that I’m a day late?”
“Um, yeah.”
“But I thought the class was on the 28th and 29th.”
“It has always been listed as the 27th and 28th.”
“Really? Because I’m sure that it was the 28th and 29th,” I replied while checking my email on the powerbook which verified that the course was indeed scheduled for the 27th and 28th. Doh!
“I even planned my trip home from New Zealand so that I could take this course. I have to take this course.”
“Well, we could check the schedule…”

So this guy, Brad is his name, talked with the director, who remembered my emails. They both gave me the “Oh bless your heart” look, and figured out a way to solve the problem.
It was simple: since I was really just needing a recertification, they let me sit in on the rest of the morning lectures, Brad went over some things one on one with me, and let me take the test and do the practical. And I was all finished by 3 o’clock! I even cancelled the hotel reservation and drove back into town! So all in all this turned out better than it would have if I had gone down yesterday. I got to go climbing yesterday, I met some new people yesterday, and I didn’t have to stay a night in Galveston (not that it is a bad place to stay, but I just didn’t have any desire to be there).

So like I said, not my plan, but it was a better plan. And we all should know whose plan that was…

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are of the LORD;
How then can a man understand his own way?


Comment from Michellemichelle
Time: 29 June, 2006, 2:31 pm

I like this post.

I heard on the news that June was the rainiest month since 2004. It’s been gorgeous here lately and yesterday afternoon I was wearing a tank top and my sunnies in the city. This is the Sydney I love…sorry you guys missed it!

Comment from Mom
Time: 29 June, 2006, 3:20 pm

I would have been so stressed at having missed the first day that my Annie would have expired right then and there, and I would have flunked and had to go back
the next time and pay double and see a psychiatrist and pray a lot more than usual. :-(

I’m glad you took it all in stride, encountered understanding, gracious people who overlooked your
oversight, and were able to complete it quickly with their generous tutelage. You are so blessed!

Comment from r’s gurfren
Time: 30 June, 2006, 6:03 am

MDM…unfortunately…i would have responed like you…fortunately…i’m not the only crazy person in the world :) it’s nice to be crazy with somebody!

Comment from dennis
Time: 30 June, 2006, 9:47 am

Funny how we always ask “Annie, are you okay?” knowing that she’s pretty much just plastic, and if not, she must certainly be dead…

Comment from Mom
Time: 30 June, 2006, 10:40 am

Well, it seems strange that you should see it that way. I was always able to get her in perfect sinus rhythm with even respirations. I just know I did.

Comment from the foxie moxie
Time: 6 July, 2006, 12:54 pm

i’m an idiot…i think you know what i’m talkin’ about…if you don’t…just check your comments…i’ll tell you what i did later…peace…we miss you!

Comment from der Reisende
Time: 6 July, 2006, 7:14 pm

uh, okay. i think I don’t know what you’re talking about but I look forward to hearing about it…

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