Many, many years ago I took my first first aid and CPR etc, etc course. It was a requirement of being a day home provider. But I never even once used the training. Never had any need.
I took it again a few years later as a school bus driver babysitter for safety meetings. Again, never used it. Not even for my own kids. Nope, no stitches or broken bones. No major injuries really… Except Katie cutting her thumb on the glass inside a picture frame – she took it apart I stead of sleeping; or Kieran using nail polish to do Katie’s eye makeup; or Karyssa falling down the basement stairs and landing on Kieran’s hockey card binder at the bottom (all of these were when they were under 3). But all of these incidents didn’t use my first aid training they just used my common sense.
I took first aid training 2 more times. Once for Deaning summer camps and once for church. And again, I’ve never used it in those places.
In fact, the only time I’ve had to assess for broken bones and internal bleeding and back injuries is with our youngest son. And it seems like I use my knowledge every so my weeks.
So, I’m really glad I’ve kept up my first aid certification. It’s a good to thing to have. After all you never know when you will need it… Like today when our son went from going at a brake neck speed on his bike to stop – instantly, when he used the front brake first and only. Then he went crashing head first with his bike landing on top of him. Nope, no internal bleeding or broken bones.