A Second Chance

As a paramedic, we have the opportunity to impact an individual and their family’s life everyday.  However, it’s not often we get a real save.  What do I mean by that?  I mean, finding someone dead or in medical terms, in cardiac arrest, then reviving them and giving them an opportunity to walk out of … Continue reading

Happiness is a Choice

A lot of things has happened to me in the last month.  It has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, it got me thinking a little bit more about life, death, happiness, sadness, and people we interact with every day.  It got me asking, what is happiness and what makes others happy … Continue reading

The Absurdities of Life

The Absurdities of Life The nurses were dripping sweat. The doctors had an urgent pained look.   The patient severely short of breath.   The husband passed by weeping, crying. A suffocating atmosphere inhabited by scrubs, sweat, tension.   Inside the trauma bay the patient heaves heavily on a non-rebreather mask. Lines ran down her … Continue reading

Haul’er Up!

SAR:  “Where’s the medic?!?!” Me:  “I’m right here!” SAR:  “Okay I need you on this side, and two carabiners through the two loops there.” Me:  “Okay.” I grabbed two carabiners from the blue mat and clipped them onto my harness as I wrestled into a backpack loaded with medical equipment along with an O2 tank. … Continue reading

Exam Week #1

Our first exam we had was on the first week–Clinical Sciences 200 (mostly anatomy, physiology, some pathophysiology and medical terminology).  Starting tomorrow, we have a written 282 exam which covers Fundamentals 210, CS220, 221, 222, and OSH1 and 2, then two practical exams over the span of three days. I’m not too worried about the … Continue reading

  • Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. -Tom Krause