Peace of Mind = $3.99

post-surgeryMy 2 year old son had an accident yesterday. He fell off his bike and split the bridge of his nose clean open. 8 stitches later, he is just fine, but as I’m sure you know, head wounds bleed pretty badly – so when my husband and our live-in nanny Raquel came in from the playground with Griffin covered in blood, there was a moment where time stood still.

I knew I had to keep everyone (including my four-year-old daughter) calm, and knew Griffin would need to go to A & E, but even so, I found myself dazed and forgetful. I went to the kitchen to get some ice, but once I got there, I forgot what it was I needed and had to retrace my steps. I couldn’t remember where I put the phone I was using only minutes earlier.

I guess I was in a bit of shock, which is probably understandable. My husband and Raquel had both done first aid training in the last 6 months, but they were equally dazed by the event. Luckily for us, we were able to get to a hospital quickly, and everything turned out fine, but it made me wonder – what if it were something more serious?

First aid & CPRThen, thanks to a tip off by @teachernz, I read this article, about a man trapped in the rubble of Haiti’s earthquake, who used information in an app called Pocket First Aid & CPR to help save his life. It seems to me, that $3.99 is a small price to pay for peace of mind, so I have downloaded the app (though if you want a free version, iFirst Aid Lite is another alternative).

Now I know that while my husband and I are at work, Raquel has access to our iPod Touch, which will have up-to-date information that will help ensure that even if she isn’t sure what to do in the event of an accident, she has a mobile device to get specific information and videos from, straight away. Pocket First Aid & CPR even has a space for medical profiles that you can fill in for each member of the family, with information such as blood type, allergies, birth date, insurance details and weight. How great is that?

Even in my dazed state, my iPhone was one item I did remember to bring with me to the emergency room, and it proved extremely handy. Griffin watched his favourite movie, Cars, which helped calm him down. When he was being stitched up, I was able to text message and/or email friends and family, to let them know what was going on.

So take my advice: keep your phones charged, and think about downloading a first aid app yourself!

Peace of Mind = $3.99

post-surgeryMy 2 year old son had an accident yesterday. He fell off his bike and split the bridge of his nose clean open. 8 stitches later, he is just fine, but as I’m sure you know, head wounds bleed pretty badly – so when my husband and our live-in nanny Raquel came in from the playground with Griffin covered in blood, there was a moment where time stood still.

I knew I had to keep everyone (including my four-year-old daughter) calm, and knew Griffin would need to go to A & E, but even so, I found myself dazed and forgetful. I went to the kitchen to get some ice, but once I got there, I forgot what it was I needed and had to retrace my steps. I couldn’t remember where I put the phone I was using only minutes earlier.

I guess I was in a bit of shock, which is probably understandable. My husband and Raquel had both done first aid training in the last 6 months, but they were equally dazed by the event. Luckily for us, we were able to get to a hospital quickly, and everything turned out fine, but it made me wonder – what if it were something more serious?

First aid & CPRThen, thanks to a tip off by @teachernz, I read this article, about a man trapped in the rubble of Haiti’s earthquake, who used information in an app called Pocket First Aid & CPR to help save his life. It seems to me, that $3.99 is a small price to pay for peace of mind, so I have downloaded the app (though if you want a free version, iFirst Aid Lite is another alternative).

Now I know that while my husband and I are at work, Raquel has access to our iPod Touch, which will have up-to-date information that will help ensure that even if she isn’t sure what to do in the event of an accident, she has a mobile device to get specific information and videos from, straight away. Pocket First Aid & CPR even has a space for medical profiles that you can fill in for each member of the family, with information such as blood type, allergies, birth date, insurance details and weight. How great is that?

Even in my dazed state, my iPhone was one item I did remember to bring with me to the emergency room, and it proved extremely handy. Griffin watched his favourite movie, Cars, which helped calm him down. When he was being stitched up, I was able to text message and/or email friends and family, to let them know what was going on.

So take my advice: keep your phones charged, and think about downloading a first aid app yourself!

Ghost of technology past

For some reason, thoughts of old computers have been running around in my head the last few days, so I thought it best to just jot my memories down so I could get some sleep! That’s the plan, anyway…

From as far back as I can remember, we’ve always been a technology-filled household. This is partly due to my parents both being teachers and having access to new technology at their schools which they brought home, but I would also attribute it to Dad’s love of gadgets. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on the situation), I have home videos of our family from the time I was about 5. Few people my age have the opportunity of seeing themselves at that age (photos aside). As it turns out, I was am rather bossy (oldest child syndrome), or at least I seem to be in the selection of videos my youngest sister keeps playing…

Fast forward a few years, and I can remember our first home computer: an Apple 2e, green and black screen, complete with floppy disks for saving. Do you remember those? I was 9 or 10 years old.

Photo Credit: Luigi Rosa

Photo Credit: Harshad Sharma

My sisters and I thought this was the best thing ever. Until we upgraded to the Atari Computer (not those things you plugged into the TV). The Atari was (get this) FULL COLOUR! It had a black and red joystick just like the one in this magnificent picture below:

Photo Credit: Blakespot

On the Atari, my younger sister became the master of games. This was fine by me, as we often teamed up to play: she would take the controls; I would be tactician. My favourite games of those times were Black Lamp and the Summer Olympics. Ahh, good times. The Atari worked the the all new disks, which were not floppy at all, but hard and much, much smaller.

Photo Credit: psd

From then on, it was a succession of different PCs which all just merge into one really. They didn’t make as strong an impression as those first two, as the improvements made were minor in comparison with going from green screen to full colour, from floppy disks to the harder variety.

As a teacher of ICT, I now find it amusing that the kids I teach today have never used, much less seen the floppy disks that provide the icon to ‘save’. Even though the technology has moved on through the use of CDs, to thumb drives and now even online storage, Microsoft still clings to the historical image of the floppy disk. I love it.

The latest addition to our technology-loving household is an Asus Eee PC for our live-in helper, Raquel. So far it’s working out beautifully for her, and I hope it continues to do so. I confess to being a tiny bit jealous of it, and certainly would like one for myself. Still, our Macbook Pro is still going strong, so I shall have to be content with that for a while.

I feel pretty confident with computer technology, but am being left behind on mobile phone tech. I’d love an iPhone, but the only service provider currently in Singapore is for Starhub, and we can’t get reception with Starhub in our apartment! No doubt that will change soon enough (or we may indeed move apartment!), so it’s next on my list of things to buy. I’ll mention it to Santa – after all, I’ve been a pretty good girl this year…