Happiness – Is there a Secret?

Today I want to touch on two topics that goes hand in hand:  Happiness & stress. When I tell people I work as a paramedic, they automatically relate to the job as being stressful.  That is true.  They often relate to stress as a paramedic from the calls we get, the things we see.  That … Continue reading

Ignorance is Bliss?

We arrived on scene, Fire was already there with the patient.  I was informed this patient was having shortness of breath, felt dizzy and had blurred vision. Patient:  “I have Wolf Parkinson’s White Syndrome”. I’ve only ever had one patient with this syndrome before, it affects the wiring in your heart and can cause irregular … Continue reading

My First Delivery

I am about to doze off when my pager yelps its insistent static voice at me. Ughh… this always happens, dispatch always have impeccable timing on night shifts. Dispatch: “99 Fox, pre-alert.” I scramble out of bed and pull on my boots. Me: “What do you want to do tonight?” Partner: “I’d prefer driving if … Continue reading

A Brush with PTSD

Below is a story that is very personal, and I didn’t have the courage to post it until now.  By posting this, I am hoping it can shed some light to the families who are trying to understand what their loved ones may be going through during such a difficult time in their lives, and … Continue reading

An Odd Place

This post is for you, the readers.  Thank you for your support and your encouragement for me to continue writing.  It has been difficult for me to find the time and the right mood for writing these days.  However, I will do my best to put in a post here and there.  I want to … Continue reading

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

That’s Not What I Meant – Part 2

My partner and I got called for a transfer to take a patient who’s a paraplegic to the hospital for an assessment by a doctor.  We got dispatched early and ended up in the waiting room just outside the doctor’s office.  So to pass the time, we started chatting and somehow the topic of massage … Continue reading

Dope

Responded to the jail cells the other day for an overdose/intoxication: Pt: “I got dope on me. Here let me show you” Reaches with his hand underneath his pants to his crotch. Me: “Oh no, no, that’s okay, we don’t need to see your dope.” (Thank goodness it went no further than that)

To Give or Not to Give

**Before I start this post, I would like to thank all the support from my readers.  I have stopped posting for a while due to personal issues that I had to deal with.  I have to say that your support has been very encouraging.  Thank you. I got jolted out of my sleep as my … Continue reading

Surreal

The other day, a friend of mine messaged me on facebook chat and told me he just had the coolest yet worse call he’s been to so far.  When I further inquired on his call, he tells me how he responded to a fatal MVI (Motor Vehicle Incident), upon arrival the two people in the … Continue reading

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