The Martin boys were home from college, enjoying a night out on the town. Some time around midnight, the twin brothers decided they were too drunk to drive home. They did the right thing, like their parents taught them, and called their friend and neighbor ‘Joe’ for a ride. Unfortunately, Joe was also too drunkContinue reading “Sunrise and CISD”
We have a term to describe certain EMTs and Paramedics at work: White Cloud. A White Cloud is a crew member who never has anything critical happen around him. This is not to say big things don’t happen when a White Cloud is on duty, but he/she will be busy helping Mrs. Smith off theContinue reading “Emergency Medical Weather”
“Ambulance 87, take the response. Maplewood Nursing*, on the second, for shortness of breath.” Patrick* and I worked every Tuesday together and had become good friends. He was about my height, but maybe 30% bigger, and he liked to play hockey in his spare time. We lit up and responded out to the Maplewood. NormallyContinue reading “LOOOCY!”
The room is dark and quiet. The other three patients stir in their corners, startled by our raucous arrival among them. They quickly settle, realizing as we make our way to the fourth bed that it is not their time. Our patient starts awake as we approach. He is small and frail, a mere shadowContinue reading “Mommy”
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All is peaceful. The only sound is the whir of the Coke machine. A window pane rattles as the wind buffets one of the six garage doors. Suddenly, a klaxon blares out. There is a loud CLANG-CLANG-CLANG as the alarm sounds. All across town, men are awakened to the insistent BEEP BEEP of pagers. AllContinue reading “Sounds”
Beth and I attended the Lynnfield parade and muster with Forestry 2 yesterday. We met a fellow FF and his two kids for the parade. No more comment necessary, but enjoy the video.
0300 hours exactly. The call is for a possible allergic reaction. The firemen are already rolling their eyes as we arrive. I’m greeted by a woman with a history of diabetic neuropathy, with attendant foot pain. She tells me she had a cortisone shot in her knee at 1000 the previous day, and she’s afraidContinue reading “3 A.M.”
Twice the patient had called EMS, both times with a very serious complaint. When we arrived, both times, we found the patient had been drinking and wanted to go to the hospital for detox. He admitted in private that his more serious complaint was fabricated in an attempt to get a faster response. I wouldContinue reading “Captain Mike”
. . .too much. Psych patients always think I’m laughing at them. I try not to grin too much, but it’s just easier than being annoyed.