Finally, Slimm and I are back together. This will be our first time back on a truck together in what feels like years, but has really only been about one year.
I have to wake up 5 hours earlier than I am used to, but I think it’s worth it.
We hugged in the parking lot. It was a brief hug, but it was a hug nonetheless.
Then we got breakfast.
And our breakfast was interrupted because some guy fell out of bed. Now my gravy is going to be cold, and nobody likes cold gravy on their biscuits.
“Radio Med One.”
“MmmmGohead” I reply sleepily.
“Caller is advising agonal respirations.”
I turn to Slimm. “I hope the caller is just stupid.”
“Me too, bro. Me too.”
“Radio Med One”
“Caller advises full arrest. They are starting CPR.”
This sucks. The sun isn’t up yet, and neither am I.
Sure enough, it’s a full arrest. The fire guy recognizes me.
“What’s up, C?” he asks as he’s doing compressions. “You pick up an extra shift?”
“Naw, man, I’m back on the truck with Slimm again. Whatcha got?”
“Glad to hear you guys are back. Wife woke up and found him here about ten minutes ago. AED says ‘no shock,’ Bubba got the LMA in, and Chester is about to start the IO.”
I feel around this guy. I don’t see any obvious trauma, but his skin sure is cyanotic. And cold. I mean, remarkably cold. Most people I have felt this cold before have either had lividity or rigor, but he has neither. He is in asystole, and his pupils are dilated and fixed.
Basically, he’s dead. But not dead enough to stop working.
“C, you want us to stop, or keep going?”
“Nah, keep going, let’s move him out into the kitchen, and we’ll work him there. We have more room there.”
Somebody gets the IO, and I see Slimm putting together the bicarb and epi. He looks over at me. “We going to do the two rounds then call it?” he asks.
“Nah, buddy. We’re gonna get him back.”
I wink. Just joking, of course.
But we did.
Five minutes later he had a pulse, was breathing on his own about ten times a minute, and had a blood pressure of 130/90.
“We have to stop doing this.”
“What? Getting people back?”
“Not that. But doing it so easily.”
“They should make a movie about us.”