We took a girl to the hospital today because she had a bad dream. She’s 16. Mom and dad followed in their car. After having grandma come sit with their 14-year old. Patient went to triage. Where she went back to sleep. Life saved.
Smokey and I saw a sign outside a house today. “Holistic Chiropractic Care” Is that like a double quack? A quack quack? It turns out oils and adjustments won’t stop epilepsy. Whodathunkit?
Some guy had a seizure. Or syncope. Or something like that. A lot was “lost in translation,” as they say. The house smells of strange cooking and there is fancy looking artwork and sculptures all around. This guy was visiting some family, and just got to the States a couple of days ago. He’s from… Read More
An old lady fell in the bathroom at her nursing home. She hit her head and suffered a minor laceration. It wasn’t even bleeding when we got to her. There wasn’t any bleeding from her head, and no blood to be found on the floor of the bathroom. A band-aid probably would have been too… Read More
So a local assisted-living facility called our service directly today. Usually not a big deal, it’s something that happens quite routinely, as matter-of-fact. But it was the notes in the call that were strange: M subj fell/No inj/No comp/Facilty req code-4 chk/No RLS/Prvt req/ So, deciphering the jargon, some guy fell, isn’t injured, doesn’t have… Read More
“I’m going to sit behind you and call the hospital to let them know we’re coming, okay?” “Okay” <Ring, ring> “Emergency Room, Brandy.” “Hey Brandy, it’s C on Med 2. I’ve got a report for you.” “Alright, whatchagot?” “We’re about ten minutes away. We have a twenty-year-old male who- “Umm, excuse me?” “Hang on a sec,… Read More
…they pull me back in. And like that, I’m back in an ambulance. The escape plan worked, but was short-term. It was fun to take a break, and do something else for a little while. I learned a lot, and met a lot of neat people. But now it’s back to the ambulance. I guess… Read More
Her name was Elizabeth. In a previous life, while younger, and less mature, she was known as Betty. She had worked first as a stripper, then as an escort, in order to support her drug habit. But then she cleaned herself up. She went to rehab, got sober, and stayed that way. She quit stripping,… Read More
Exactly what the title says. I want to know about your service’s Field Training Officer Program. Does your service have one? I think all services should. And I believe a quality FTO Program can make a good service great. So, tell me about yours, and tell me a little bit about your service, too. How many ambulances does… Read More
I’ve run my last EMS call. For a while, at least. A good, long while. I can’t say when, if ever, I will put on a uniform shirt again. I’m not sure that I will ever call in service again, or ever step into an ambulance again. I just can’t take it any more. I’m… Read More