“Fire Alarm to responding units, the caller reports the patient is turning blue.” It's a 'nice' neighborhood; one where we don't often see an overdose. We arrive in the kitchen of a well-kept single family home to find the firefighters manually breathing for our patient. He's not our usual heroin overdose patient. He's in his… Continue reading Memorial Day
Please welcome to the blogroll Paramedic Pulp Fiction and the Insomniac Medic. Both write with the wonderful narrative style for which I strive. KC at PPF isn't new to the blogosphere, but somehow I hadn't discovered him until today. Ben the Insomniac Medic has been a longtime read of mine; I'm not sure how I'd… Continue reading Blogroll Additions
I've noticed lately that some of my shifts seem to be developing themes. New Regular Partner and I have had Chemically Enhanced Middle Aged Female Day, in which all of our patients were women 40-55 years old and were either drunk, high, or overdosed. There was Seizure Day, filled with seizing men in their 50's.… Continue reading Themes
Cleaning out the iPhone yielded a few photos I'd missed. 4/30/11 - Requalification day at Seashore Trolley Museum. I'm now licensed to drive streetcars for another year. Wheeling, WV "curved side" #639 was recently outshopped after a long restoration. 5/8 - Nice day, good friend. 5/8 - "Medic 9" waits in the wings.
I was going to title this “Rants” but I don’t really have the energy in my arguments. Alas, I’m grumpy today, and two things bothered me in particular. Firstly in the last two weeks I’ve had some version of this conversation at least six times: “Good morning. Iced tea please, large with lemon.” “What size?”… Continue reading Peeved.
Catching up on a few recent photos. 4/5 - Spring is finally showing signs. 4/6 . . .but the campers haven't arrived at Salisbury Beach yet. 4/19 - Strasburg Railroad in the rain. Contrast with this one from Thomas last summer. 4/20 - Just down the block from our hotel in a back alley next… Continue reading Random photo-ness
Last week I received an email from one Taylor Dardan: I wanted to send you a quick message, and see if I would be able to write a guest blog on your site. I am very passionate the health concerns that can endanger first responders. I am trying to raise the awareness of the many… Continue reading Pimping the blog
Spring is finally here. The morning is sunny, not warm enough yet but it will be. One of the off-going medics stands outside the half-open garage door smoking a cigarette as I arrive. "Morning. How was the overnight?" -- my usual greeting. "Not too bad. Truck's in good shape." -- his usual reply. We chat… Continue reading Breathless but caffeinated