Day 3: Anatomy, Physiology & Death by Vampire Bite

Last night was the first night that our second instructor taught class. He is a jovial guy, which is a good thing, because last night was the night we learned the anatomy of the human body and some limited physiology. Now, don't get me wrong. I think anatomy is interesting. But learning it in one, four-hour class is a tall order for anyone who's just starting out. I mean, aren't there whole classes devoted to just this subject?

It's like when I took a college course on the book Don Quixote. It was a course. I wasn't expected to read and comprehend the entire 1,000-page book in a night. And the people who went over it in one night certainly weren't responsible for the level of detail we were in my DQ class.

But I'm learning that EMT school is a bit different. You're supposed to learn lots of information in a short period of time, and then successfully use that information to help someone. Or else.

It makes sense that you don't want some barely passing EMT working on your mom, and it's exciting. But it's still daunting to have to learn this, um, tomorrow.

One thing I DID learn last night (well, I think I determined this from our brief overview of the cardiac process, and if I'm wrong, please explain how so I could pass a similar scenario-based question on my next quiz) is how you really die from a vampire bite. See, I learned in high school biology about the Kreb's Cycle and such. But now I understand better how oxygen and carbon dioxide are carried back and forth from the heart and lungs by arteries and veins to the rest of the body.

So back to vampires. I have noticed that not all vampire bites are fatal. From my limited understanding, it seems that fatality happens when a vampire sucks enough blood out that you no longer are able to properly fill the chambers of the heart, which means you can not pump the oxygen-rich blood out of your heart into your brainstem, which means your brainstem can't signal to your vital organs to do their involuntary thang. And then the blood stops getting back to your heart. If the vampire sucks enough of your blood, you'll likely go into cardiac arrest and then die. I guess that's why most people seem to shudder right before the vampire drops them to the forest floor.

So I guess I have to wonder, would it behoove vampires to become adept at CPR so they can resuscitate their victims and, therefore, avoid getting caught by the local townsfolk? And do they take A&P classes? If so, how long do they have to study for their A&P quizzes? I hope it's longer than me!

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