Friday, September 21, 2012

A little bit of blogroll housecleaning, and two posts for today below. I guess the writing bug has got me again. If you would like your blog linked, leave a comment with below with the address and  I'll check it out, as long as it's hosptial/EMS/FF/PD related, I'll probably link it.

As always, your bikini/cheesecake/nude photos can be sent to me directly :)

-MM

- Guns in EMS

This has been getting a lot of discussion lately about EMTs carrying on the job. Personally, I think if you have gone through the process of getting a concealed carry permit, you  should be allowed to carry everywhere, including at work. I do not have a CCP but am considering applying. To be honest, I don't know if I would carry at work, but I think the freedom to do so should be there for others.

I had a call once for a infant cardiac arrest. It was tragic, the family was extremely upset, and as I was doing compressions. I wasn't even MedicMarch yet: I was just joe-blow March, doing a ridetime. As I looked up from where I was compressing, I saw an AK47 style rifle in the closet. This, combined with the uncle's threats that we needed to save the child, "or else", led me to point this out in a whisper to my preceptor. He calmly asked for Sheriff's department to come out (they were already on the way) and the officers arrived and politely escorted the distraught gentleman outside. Nothing bad happened.

But if the man would have gone for the rifle, I personally would have preferred to have gone down shooting than with a scared look on my face.

-MM

- Back in Back(water)

I missed this area. I missed the cane fields, the bayous, the people at walmart.

The farms and farm animals.

The poor part of town.

The rich part of town.

The food.

And the calls.

"How long has your toe been hurting, ma'am?"

People don't believe me when I tell them about the broken toes and itchy butts.

But we also get good calls.  A young flips his truck into the bayou and we have to jump into a flat bottomed boat to get him extricated.

A lonely older lady who tries to overdose.

Heat exhaustion, shootings, strokes, heart attacks, GI bleeds.  A diverse profile of calls and patients, keeping my skills sharp.

I believe in this job. I know now that  I can't do it forever. I don't think I'll make even another 2 or 3 years. But I'm back here now, moved completely away from home into Backwater, and joined the fire department in addition to working for XXXX Ambulance.

And it's good to be back.