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”
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.
Steve* and I were out of our district, covering another city. I’d known Steve since he was a wheelchair van driver and I was a new EMT. Now here we were, with over $100,00 worth of equipment, the last line of defense for thousands of people. We had just been discussing the absurdity of thatContinue reading “We’re All on the Same Team, Right?”
Blasting through the nightTunnel vision in right seatWhen will morning come?
Tuesday in between work and more work; errands; sleep time off worth lost days
Cute kid little sickSweet cat / my faith is restoredBalance now Meow! —(sent from my iPhone)
Baby born upstairsMy patient dies in ERCircle of life sucks Not the greatest of days.—(sent from my iPhone)