November

Physically, the drive to Major Medical Center is a little easier when driving a car instead of an ambulance. There’s not nearly as much surface area for the wind to toss the vehicle around when I’m cruising down mountain roads in my car. The drive goes by a little faster when listening to loud music […]

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Growing up in EMS: Lesson #53

“You are way too young to be this bitter,” My partner said, shaking his head. We’d spent the better half of this drive to a nursing home venting about our separate love lives, or lack thereof. As he backed our truck up in the parking lot, I made that bold, broad, terminal statement that love […]

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Another Day In The Life

Nursing Assistant: Can you bring in the patient through the employee entrance? I’ll meet you on the other side. Just knock, and I’ll open the door. P2P: No problem. We’ll scoot right over. (20 seconds later…)*knockknockknock* Nursing Assistant (surprised): Who is it? P2P (also surprised): Uh…ambulance? P2P’s Partner: Housekeeping! You want mint on your pillow?

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Newbie A Newbie: What To Bring For Your First Shift

You took the class. Studied hard. Stressed for the exams. Took your national/state exams. Convinced yourself you failed all of them and wept softly into a pint (of Ben & Jerry’s?). Found out you passed. And then landed a job as an EMT. Congratulations!!! It’s been a pretty stressful past few months. I wish I […]

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The Other Night On The Ambulance…

The other night, during a “Q” shift, my partner and I were chatting to pass the time. Somehow we came onto the idea of writing a massive series of books/articles/whatever, describing everything you could possibly want to know about EMS. So far, our collection includes: The Newbie’s Guide To Surviving Long Shifts: You’re A Machine…A […]

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Awkward Report

P2P: Hey! So, this is Mr. So-and-so. He’s doing alright. Been hemodynamically stable for the whole trip. Nurse Unsure: Good, good. How were his vital signs? P2P: ….Yeah. Uh…yeah, those were good too.   So…there’s that.

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Angels

It wasn’t until we were in the truck and moving that I really noticed it. Those eyes. They looked so, so much like my grandma’s. The same cool, celery green that turned that softly blued in low light. I was torn between wanting to stare at those eyes for the duration of this trip, and […]

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Rant: Snoozing Partners

I can’t stand it when my partner* falls asleep on the long rides back home. There, I’ve said it. I feel kind of guilty about it, but I’m writing it nonetheless. It’s not uncommon for us to go on runs where the drive alone–one way–is 75 minutes. The drive can be incredibly boring. Combine that […]

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EMS Week 2013: Knowing and Not Knowing

About three years ago, I carefully stepped down this short hallway, not all too certain what to expect. The hallway opened into a small, practically empty room. A dusty mammoth of a photocopier sat in the corner beside stacks of office paper. A few framed photographs adorned the otherwise blank white walls. The new summer […]

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I Guess We’ll Find Out

I’ve officially passed in my last final. The backseat of my car still has my duffel bag full of extra scrubs. A dozen or so textbooks and study guides are still sitting on the kitchen table. A few beat up notebooks full of lecture notes are still loaded into my backpack. My laptop is still […]

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