Grinch

It hasn’t been a great week. We ran all the usual EMS annoyances, from truck swaps through ignorant hospital staff to late calls. I’m still adjusting to my new schedule, and my family is having a harder time than I. They’ve all managed to contract the flu. Yesterday we were reminded that sometimes Evil truly…

Bert

The door rolls up as I approach, and I hear the Powerstroke cough to life. I’m not on the clock for another ten minutes, but I’ll do the right thing and relieve the overnight crew. Regular Partner arrives as I take the reins, and we are off into the crisp fall morning. “Medic 9, be…

Today’s theme: blood sugar

It’s been a while since I’ve had a theme day at work. Today started to look like a Syncope Day, but that fizzled. Then we began to notice a pattern: all of our  patients have had blood sugar readings in the same 6-point range. Every last one. If only I played the lottery.

Tired

  “Medic 9, respond for the unresponsive male. . .”   A BLS ambulance arrives before us and begins doing their thing. He has a pulse but isn't breathing. Oxygen and a BVM will take care of that for the moment. His environment suggests heroin overdose; his pinpoint pupils and track marks scream it. The…

Intermission

Two police cruisers idle in the cul-de-sac, lights off, projecting calm authority. Nothing to see here. Move along. An apologetic looking sergeant steps from his air conditioned refuge as we arrive. “She's off her medications again,” he tells us. “I've spoken to her doctor, and the paperwork is on its way.” But of course it…

Rain delay

A mild summer afternoon has turned to a muggy evening. The June storms have arrived, bringing a paradoxical increase in the temperature. We stand in the open garage bay facing south as lightning illuminates the clouds above, each flash forming shadow images on the horizon. The minor league ball game across the street has called…

Experimental photography (P366)

With #MarchofFilm completed, I need to pay attention to Project 366 again. I’ve still been doing as much film shooting as possible. This past week saw two experiments, one successful and one not so much.   First up was an attempt at red scale photography. Redscale is a technique where film is respooled backwards so…

Pear shaped

Just another Sunday afternoon. Average. We’d seen a few patients, none too sick; I can’t remember what was for dinner. The fire tones dropped for a box alarm at a high rise. It was no big deal. The engines go there multiple times a week, usually for burnt food. The timing was right for a…

Birds

Birds. I usually don’t notice them. Spring has suddenly returned, though, and I hear them everywhere. Shore birds populate the trees and dunes behind me, the occasional gull swoops past, and a pair of cormorants bob peacefully in the channel. Small waves lap gently at the shore while the river gurgles past the jetties. I…