Posts Tagged ‘emt’

EMS week is the 19th to 25th. Even if it only gets done this week and not the rest of the year, thank an EMT or paramedic if you see one. Their job is tough.

I want to personally thank the crews that came to my aid over 8 years ago in Apoka, FL. It is because of your skills that I’m even alive right now. I coded on you twice on the way to Orlando Regional even, and I’m still here. I would love to work with you in the future. That accident is what sparked my interest in EMS, and I finally became an EMT myself last year.

To EMS personnel everywhere, thank you!

– Kayleigh, EMT-B, Indiana

Terry Curry:

I am writing this letter in response to the February 16th accident that ended in the death of Private Tim McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley. I cannot help feeling that the decision made by your office to not prosecute Jade Hammer is not only blatantly disrespectful to their families, but to all those working in public safety as well. It appears as though this woman is being protected, and that is beyond appalling.

There has been conflicting information in the media recently. The common thing between what I have read is that she admitted to drinking, admitted to speeding, and admitted to paying attention to a GPS device instead of traffic lights. I can almost guarantee you that in any other state, running a red light, driving with alcohol in your system on any level, not looking at the road, and causing the death of two public servants would be considered beyond reckless. If you and your office do not consider that being distracted and therefore driving recklessly, then what is?

Had it been Ms. Hammer that lost her life, these men would have lost their licenses, their jobs, and their freedom. Under the legal limit or not, that in no way means that she was not impaired. It saddens me knowing your office feels those two young men’s lives are worth nothing more than a ticket. This lack of respect or simple acknowledgement for the people who risk their lives to save others scares me.

There was a time when I wanted to work in Indianapolis. After seeing how your office treats line of duty death for its EMS personnel, I am not 100% sure now. Knowing that I could be in the same situation as Tim and Cody were in, and that my son and husband would have to jump through hoops to see justice makes me sick. They do not deserve that, nobody does.

Sincerely,

Kayleigh Owens

 

A. The amount of homework I have
B. Women
C. Prisons
D. Welfare
E. Line of duty death in EMS
F. Parenting
G. DHL and how horrible they seem to be

That’s all for now.

I’m going to start posting my english projects. Can’t do it until after they get graded, but I had a lengthy conversation with the professor yesterday about future assignments. Rapid sequence intubation paper, here I come!

After tomorrow I will (hopefully) be an official EMT in the state of Indiana. Before I go any further, I have to get something out of the way: HOLY SHIT I’M NERVOUS. OK, that’s done now :-).

EMS was in the back of my mind as a possible career choice for a really long time. I enjoyed class and all of the people I met through school, my instructors were awesome and I really feel like I’m going to do great.

Now for some things I’ve learned:

The pay sucks, but I am totally alright with it. I didn’t think EMS would make me rich. My thought was that I wanted to do something that made me feel important, because that is the thing that matters – me being happy.

It’s not all guts and glory. In fact, there’s not much glory for an EMT. This is another thing I don’t mind. I had my share of irritating patients while doing my ride time, but that is a huge part of the job. I had to buck up and get used to it if I want to keep doing this.

I’m still debating on whether or not I want to head straight to medic school. I personally feel that it would be best to have more street experience before I do that. However, the program only takes students once a year, so it would be awhile before I could apply again if I don’t do it this time around.

Back to studying. Should I ever meet anyone that reads this post, I sincerely hope that my future partner and I help you to the best of our combined abilities.

 

 

Thank you to my friend Anthony for inspiring my title. He wanted to cover all the bases, just in case the world really does end.

Here’s that opinion I said I’d give the other day: Whiskey tango foxtrot?

Sandy Hook – That’s got to be one of the most god awful things I’ve ever heard about a person doing. I had just taken my son to see his new school and get him signed up when I heard about it. I mean.. who would shoot up an elementary school of all places? I believe that Adam Lanza was deeply disturbed, and needed more help than what he had; if he even had any to begin with. I also believe that nobody will ever really know all the whats and whys of that situation, because unless you see shit for yourself, how can you? Now for the opinionated part: as horrible and tragic as this was, I don’t feel a weapons ban will solve a fucking thing. The gun did not commit the crime, the person committed the crime with a gun.

Connecticut has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and those laws didn’t prevent this man from killing innocent children. No law has ever prevented a person from committing a crime of any kind. The only thing I feel is broken in the system as far as guns are concerned is that things change depending on what state you’re in. Like here in Indiana for instance, someone with ‘crazy papers’ as a friend of mine called them, can still get a gun believe it or not, but just isn’t allowed to carry. You can also purchase at 18, but can’t carry until 21. There are loopholes out the ass, and those loopholes don’t need to be there. Then again, crazy or not, someone could just up and decide to shoot me if they want to. I don’t know because life is just like that, nobody knows what will happen 5 minutes from now, let alone the next day. If a person wants something bad enough, they’ll do whatever they feel is necessary to get it done, even if it means violating the law, or violating the rights of another person.

There are already plenty of mental health services available all over the country. Part of the issue there is staff within some of these places, and patient compliance. There are people in this world that don’t know what to ask when discussing their treatment, so they just say nothing. Not saying anything can be dangerous though, so for the love of God please educate your patients! Answer their questions if they have them, and point them to whatever resources you can think of. I honestly think that if the medical community at least tried to appear like they care more, that would solve a lot of patient compliance issues. People don’t do things for others simply because they want to anymore, they do it for a fucking paycheck. You can’t just throw pills at a person and expect the meds to solve all of their problems. They work best when used in conjunction with therapy. However, medicine is a practice and the public needs to understand that medical professionals of all types are people too. No one individual knows everything, no one individual can solve all the problems of the world, and no one individual is by any means a super hero. No treatment of any kind will work instantly, because things take time.

As a society, we’ve become extremely narcissistic, lazy, and about as impatient as people can get. We want, want, and want some more; and don’t care what happens to everyone else as long we have those things we think we need for some reason. Before we begin to fix anything, we need to take a look at ourselves. There’s not a damn thing wrong with the government, the issue is the people.

In short, we all need to start giving a fuck. Even it’s something small, do something nice for someone. That one small thing could make a big difference.

*I’ll eventually be expanding opinions more, when I have time to do some more research. I’m a person who believes in the second amendment. There’s a legal gun in my house, and it’s staying here. At some point in the future, there will be more legal guns in my house, and I intend to keep every one of them.

*update*
*I made some more Christmas stuff. Fortunately for me, I have friends that drink way more than I do so I was able to get some bottles donated. The cocoa recipe I used can be found here: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/classic-cocoa-10000001011198/, I Just altered it a bit depending on the size of the bottle I was using. Now, for some simple instructions:*

1. See my previous post.
2. I made some more stuff with liquor bottles.
3. It’s pretty awesome
4. I’m tempted to use the q word right now, but I can’t bring myself to do it. (I’m on clinicals again tonight, and it’s slower than molasses times a million.)

*Here it is*

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Done with various liquor bottles