Needing Heads Examined.


Little J had her head examined to the extent of looking like something from outer space. An EEG examination is recommended for trying to find the reasons for seizures. Now we wait with bated breath to see if anything emerges.

Then, her mother and I proved we needed our heads examined by being examined for a swimming qualification today. We had received course material to study, and then we spent the morning sitting at school-type desks for a couple of hours being lectured at. After that came the written examination. I found that one doesn’t lose the capacity for panic that exams gave in school or university. Well, I haven’t, anyway.
I can only hope that I kept my wits sufficiently gathered to earn the 80% mark needed for a pass.

That mark should be challenged as being out of tune with regional norms. I mean, come on now! In South Africa you can pass the school leavers Grade 12 with 40% in three subjects, 30% in another three, and a big fat zero in the seventh subject. How I wish that had been the case when I did school/university.

Should we pass this exam, we will become qualified Level 1 Timekeepers under the international swimming federation rules. How, you may ask with tears in your eyes, can there be notes and lectures and exams to cover the process of pushing a button when a swimmer starts, and pushing it again when that swimmer finishes? You’d be surprised. I was!

Still, it seems amazing that one has to pay for a course to be entitled to volunteer free services, and still have to pay registration and membership fees, and in addition be required to buy navy pants, white shirts, and white shoes, if such items are not already in one’s wardrobe. All of which garments are going to get violently splashed at if the job is done properly.

© August 2018 Colonialist

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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29 Responses to Needing Heads Examined.

  1. Tokeloshe says:

    I am so sorry to hear of little J’s seizures, but she looks very brave.

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  2. Barb says:

    Hope everything turns out okay. Brave girl!!

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  3. Inira says:

    ECG’s are scary, she’s very brave! Good luck with your exam 🙂

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  4. Widdershins says:

    40%, 30%, and zero? … that is mindboggingly insane! … How is that even possib … never mind.

    Good luck with your results. 🙂

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  5. Ooo, jy gaan so deftig lyk met daardie wit skoene!

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  6. The Asian says:

    I hate the way the glue sticks on your head after an EEG! I hope that some answers come from this test and all is well with Little J

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  7. GP Cox says:

    There are so many strange rules these days, nothing surprises me any more. I hope you passed though!
    Hope Little J will fare well with her tests. I can relate somewhat. My better-half used to have seizures that began at 35 years of age and only stopped after using Keppra. None of the neurologists figured it out and none of the other medicines worked for very long. Keppra has worked now for about 10 years.

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  8. Just goes to show which exams are the most important

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  9. de Wets Wild says:

    Really hoping that all the probing gives answers for what’s ailing Little J!

    I often wonder what a struggle it must be for teachers to motivate children to excel in school, when mediocrity will get you there just fine…

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  10. disperser says:

    I’m not understanding what she was being tested for . . . but it sounds like (and looks) more than just a routine test.

    40% eh? That doesn’t sound particularly encouraging if one were to look at the future of the country.

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  11. Robbie Yates says:

    Hope things go well for your little one.

    If you fail the exam, I reckon you should be entitled to splash at the invigilators 😂

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  12. prior.. says:

    Wow
    – modern tech st work and the sign of our techy times – and hope all is okay!
    And it is Crazy to have to pay for the course and all that to
    Volunteer – but another sign of our times – companies and non profits are tighttttttt

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