robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

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Book Reports -- and a scary thing at the gym...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!

Whoa, I've gotten a little behind with these -- oops :)

The Second Time Around, by Mary Higgins Clark ** (Can I just say that it's sad how her first few books were so very good, and how these later ones just don't measure up? But then, her first few were *awfully* good.)

Girl at Sea, by Maureen Johnson **** (I love MJ's books, I really do. This was enjoyable, though my favorite remains The Bermudez Triangle.)

Blood Brothers, by S.A. Harazin ****, otherwise known as medwriter (This was an engaging book -- I read it all in one sitting -- I wouldn't say I LOVED it, mostly because my heart ached for Clay, which is a good thing...but I definitely LIKED it.)

Lessons from a Dead Girl, by Jo Knowles ****, otherwise known as jbknowles (Another haunting book that I read in one sitting -- again, I wouldn't call this a favorite, and I don't know if I'll reread it, but wow, the characters really stuck with me!)

The Ice Limit, by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston **** (Very fun read -- I'm a fan ;).

The Golden Unicorn, by Phyllis Whitney **** R (Clearly I'm going through my PW phase. I reread all my books of hers every five or six years, I'd say. My only complaint about her writing is that all of her heroines are super-broody, angsty types. None of them ever seem happy.)

I had just gotten there and sat down to work on something with my legs (yeah, I'm really bad at knowing which muscles I'm actually strengthening -- it was a leg machine, that's all I know) when I noticed a woman struggling with a free weight. She was limping, and her hands weren't relaxed, so I think she must have MS or maybe she'd had a stroke sometime in the past. Anyway, she caught my attention, and I wondered if I should offer some help -- when she tripped!

It was awful! She fell on top of the weight, trapping her hand under the weight. I ran over, along with another woman, and we both tried to help. The injured lady was cradling her hand, but she didn't say anything. I put the weight away, while the other woman managed to get the injured lady sitting upright. Anyway, between the two of us, we led her over to the staff area...and the men working there just gathered around and stared. Not one of them seemed to have the first idea of what to do.

The other woman told the guy at the front desk to call 911. And I finally said, "Don't you have a first aid kit? You know, something with an ice pack?" Apparently they didn't (what's up with that, anyway?) -- so I suggested one of the cold drinks they had in the refridgerated coolers. The guy who fetched it was like, "This is my first day. They didn't tell me about this stuff."

I kept thinking, "You need to be told?" Doesn't everyone know that you put ice on something that's swelling -- as her poor hand clearly was (it was pretty gross-looking). Finally one of the personal trainers ran over -- I've seen him with her before, so I think he's her trainer. He worked on her hand for a bit...and then he let her go! What's up with that? He claimed that she was just bruised, but 1)it was snowing out, and she was wearing a tank top and shorts, so surely she had warm clothes somewhere, and 2)she was still in shock. Not to mention, I don't think she could drive anyway, but he just let her walk out into the snow, her poor hand hanging there.

So how many personal trainers know anything about bones? And did he have x-ray vision? I don't know...the whole thing was pretty disturbing. I'm definitely going to e-mail the corporate office and talk to them about their lack of emergency prep for their employees...and I'm hoping that if I ever injure myself while at the gym that I'm still conscious -- because I'll be the only one who will know what to do, apparently.
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