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|Wow, it's been nearly a month since my last post. Didn't realize it'd been that long. Thankfully things have calmed down since that last post. |
I write this from Memphis Fire Department, Station 21 -- which is home to MFD [EMS] Unit 7.
The majority of my Paramedic II field clinicals will be on Unit 7,
which is one of the newer-style red ambulances
(pic courtesy of memphisfire.net).
This is my second day with Unit 7; everything I've seen thus far has been pretty routine.
18yo male, syncope. Awake upon arrival although somewhat lethargic. Vitals, oxygen, INT, EKG, transport.
16yo female, panic attack @ dance competition. c/o numbness & tingling in face & hands (most likely due to hyperventilation). Vitals, EKG; mom wasn't on scene UOA but we spoke with her via telephone & she asked that we wait for her to arrive. No transport.
94yo female, nausea & vomiting X few days, change in level of responsiveness. Minimally responsive UOA, vitals all WNL. O2 sat was 92%; nasal cannula. NS via IV, approx 400 mL; EKG (although there was no complaint of chest pain, we're taught to do it for geriatric patients regardless of chief complaint. and I needed an EKG for skills check-off).
(to be continued)
|Douglas Coupland is an amazing writer. He's the guy that coined the term "Generation X" way back in the day. His newest novel The Gum Thief was released recently. It's "a story of love and looming apocalypse set in the aisles of an office supply superstore." |
I've read to Page 80 so far, and it kicks ass.
(It = the novel, not just Page 80).
|Tomorrow I start my new job working for Rural/Metro, the ambulance company that provides ambulance service for Shelby County. |
I've got three days of "Third Party" rides, which means I'll be riding along with other crews to observe. Friday is my first day actually working by myself; well, there'll be a driver & me.
If anything interesting happens I'll be sure to post. Of course, due to HIPAA, there won't be any personally identifiable information.
that's all for now.
|I saw the Transformers movie last night. |
It was AWESOME.
When I grow up, I want to be