22 April 2006

The Cursed 50

22 April 2006

"The Cursed 50"

Okay, here we go.

This is one of those surveys that everyone gets and doesn't want to do...yet does them anyways.

This one was sent to me on my myspace account so I thought I would share it with you.

This comes courtesy of Brian (Becoming a Firefighter) and Kasey (The return of Kaseypalooza) Both, BTW are great reads so check them out.

So, without further a due....


WTG Bro..got me hooked

If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 50 things about your friends, and let them learn 50 things about you!

1. How tall are you barefoot?

2. Have you ever smoked before?

3. Do you own a gun?
Not one that shoots bullets

4.What's your favorite sport to watch?
Baseball..as mundane as it is.

5. How many letters are in your crush's name?
Wow...to remember way back when would be a plus.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
Isn't hot dogs a food group along with Ramen noodles?

7. What's your favorite Christmas song?
Blue Christmas - Porky Pig

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Slam me a Full Throttle

9. Are You In Love?
Sure I am, I got the finger jewelry to prove it.

10. Have you ever done ecstacy?
Is that a little Debbie snack cake?  OOOoohh..No, not that stuff

11. Do you like spam?
Spamburgers to the rescue (I don't make a habit of them)

12. Do you like painkillers?
Percocet and I are on first name basis.

13. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
Once you throw them in the trunk of the car, they will do just about anything.

14. Do you own a knife?
Well, yeah, how else am I gonna cut the hot dogs.

15. Do you have A.D.D.?
I think so, but I don't know. I wasn't really paying attention.

16. Full initials?

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
1. I feel Mother Nature calling.
2. IOt is really wrong to kill the stupid football sized dogs next door?
3. Damn it is hot in here.

18. Name the last 3 things you have bought today.
1. Train pass
2. A hot dog...LOL
3. That is all...I don't have a lot of money

19. Name five drinks you regularly drink.
1. Fruit2O
2. Cherry Coke
3. Bud Light
4. Lake Erie Highball (water for you all not in the midwest)
5. Full Throttle

20. What time did you wake up today?
I think 10:30..all I know is the sun was out.

21. Are you married?
Oh yes

22. Describe your partner your wed to(if your not..use a friend)?
My sexy second half

23. Current hate?
Gas prices..I can't get into what I really hate.

24. Favorite place to be?
Chicago, Illinois

25. Least favorite place to be?
The Grocery Store

26. Where would you like to go?

28. Where do you think you'll be in 10 years?
Here, filling out another survey like this.

29. Do you burn or tan?
Tan..I am rican baby

30. Favorite color/s?
Black..it goes with everything.

31. Would you be a pirate?
Sure, can I play shortstop.

32. Last time you had an alcoholic drink?
MMM...huh..sorry,  I spilled my beer

33. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I act instead of sing..more captive audience.

34. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
King Kong...I know..how wierd is that.

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
My dog jumping on the bed the instant the thunder cracked.

37. Best bed sheets you had as a child?
NHL hockey sheets.

38. Worst injury you've ever had?
Fractured my Right ankle while running hurdles.

40. How many TVs do you have in your house?

41. Who is your loudest friend?
Mabe, by far..but he is a funny loud.

42. Who is your most silent friend?
Presently? I would have to say Andrea..someone needs to turn up the volume.

43. Does someone have a crush on you?
I don't know...do you?

44. Do you wish on stars?
No, alst time I tried to wish on a star, they hit me witha restraining order.

45. What is your favorite book?
Anything Tom Clancy

46. What is your favorite candy?
Dots...woo hoo

47. What song did you last hear?
California Dreaming - Momma and the Papas

48. What song(s) do you want played at your funeral?
I am not sure yet...are you planning on killing me?

49. What were you doing 12AM last night?
Watching Sportscenter...da da da....da da da

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?
Where am I?


Boy, I am tired now. I am off to Downtown Cleveland where they are filming Spiderman 3..If I get pics, I will let you know.

Roundind Third and Heading Home,


The Back Seat Medic

22 April 2006

"The Back Seat Medic"

Isn't Television a great thing?!?!?

I mean, look at all the informative, high quality shows that are on TV now entertaining our brains, educating us as to the modern marvels of the universe, and most of all, transporting us to some sort of alter ego in which YOU are the one that saves the world, wins the race, or gets the girl in the end (Gets the guy if you are one of my faithful female followers.)

Ah yes, the TV. Let's stand and applaude.


How many of you out there are those types that like those medical based shows such as Emergency (Google it if you are too young to remember Johnny and Roy), Third Watch, ER, Gray's Anatomy, and House?

Wow, that is a lot of you.

And how many of you think that you are better educated watching these shows?

Again, a decent show of hands.

Now, how many of you think that you are actually medically competent now that you have seen these shows?

You..third row, white shirt..put your hand down, I know that you have a medical degree.

I am talking the average lay person that has not been to school for any sort of medical training.  And no, that first aid class that you took in high school doesn't count.

I see the hands have gone significantly down.

Well, for the sake of this journal, I will inform you , that they are out there.  Some closer than I would hope.

Below is a list of the top 10 pet peeves that I have after arriving on scene and the actual encounters that I have met.

10. Get a backboard. Okay. Why? Is this something that you saw on "Third Watch" within the last hour and thought, "Hey, My mom is on the ground, let's get an ambulance and put her on a hard, plastic board."  So your mom is on the ground. I am kosher with that. But ask yourself this. WHY is she on the ground? Did she actually fall, or did she place herself there because she was feeling weak?  One of the biggest attributes in being a good paramedic is the ability to think outside the box, not using equipment because of its pretty flouresent color.  I think another episode is starting, go grab a coke and take some more notes.

9. "You are hurting her" How do you figure?  Usually when they are unconscious and unresponsive, they tend not to talk. At least not any that I have ever had.  This usually comes when you are trying to transfer a patient from a confined space onto a piece of equipment that will allow you to extricate that patient.  And yes, we break bones when we are compressing on their chest because their heart stopped. But, I have yet had a patient who has come up to me after we have brought them back saying "Man, you should have let me die, not my ribs are broken and it hurts to breathe..thanks a lot."

8. "She said..." Wow. How did you do that?  How did you actually hear what she had to say seeing she hasn't moved her lips at all and the fact that she has drool coming from her mouth tends to put me in the mind frame that she can't say much of anything. But hey, that is me. I mean with all the modern innovations, I guess telepathy is something that I haven't mastered yet.  Glad you are here to tell me that, because now I can treat the fact that she is barely breathing WAY different now that I know where you told me it hurts on her.

7. "I heard you on the scanner..."  You did? Good. Great. Glad to hear it.  Now go back home and continue to listen. The last thing I need is a hovering fan from the cheap seats who comes down with the sole purpose of getting in my way...I mean looking to see what is going on.  I know you mean well, just mean well from like a half mile back. I got this.  I think "ER" is on TNT..better go check.

6. "He's just drunk" Whew.  Boy, isn't that a relief. It is so nice to know that the person who makes this comment has taken the time to do a complete blood work up and furnish me with the results just as I am getting there.  I guess that will just rule out the fact that his sugar level is almost below sea level and with a little glucose he will return back to normal.  But I guess you would have ruled that out when you spun his blood in your lab that you have behind the cook jar in the kitchen.  

5. "You might want to try..." Just because you heard this really long word on TV for some pill that is supposed to improve your chlorestrol and you thought it would be fun to say just one more time doesn't mean that this is what the patient needs.  I mean didn't you hear the disclaimer "May cause heart palpatations and dry mouth. Consult your doctor and do not try to pawn off on paramedics."  I know it..I have heard it.

4. "They are fine" You think? I guess that big gash that is bigger than the Grand Canyon that they have actively bleeding on the top of their head right now and the fact that they can't remember their name really translates into "They're fine".    Good thing that you saw St. Elsewhere (again Google it) and brought me that diagnosis. I guess I can go back to lunch now.

3. "Take them to....." This is an emergency service, not a shuttle.  I cannot begin to tell you how many people spit out in their first words as we arrive on scene.  Who cares that their pulse is very faint and the closest hospital is two miles away.   I should go to the one that is 20 miles further because YOU say so.  Do me a favor, don't follow the squad.  You might not like the route I take to the hospital.

2. "She doesn't want to wake up"  Well, that is because she is dead. I mean, when was the last time you checked on her?  Two weeks ago on Thursday.  Let me guess, the last shift before yours checked on her and she was fine despite the signs that the lividity in her body has pooled so much that rigor mortis has set in and the usually takes around 12 hours or so. Good call on her not getting up, you nailed that one.

1. "I'm a nurse"  Good for you...how is this going to help me? This is usually at the motor vehicle accidents that I come on and am approached by some sort of medical professional who identifies themself, and then proceeds to do nothing. I mean, c'mon. Put a band aid on, do some compressions, get me some information on the patient.  You telling me you are a nurse and then not doing anything because you don't want to be liable in case something goes wrong is like me going into a restaurant saying "hey, I am a paramedic, can I cook my food." Totally pointless.


Well, in case you haven't noticed, I made AOL's pick of the week again so a great big shout out goes to those who frequent here and a huge thanks to all of you who put up with my endless rants and complaining.  I hope this won't deter you and you will continue to come back.


Rounding Third and Heading Home,



05 April 2006

A View From the Cheap Seats

04 April 2006

"A View From the Cheap Seats"

Folks, I want you sit down (if you aren't already) because what I want to say has no bearing on paramedicine, any calls that pertained to it, or any wacky and outstanding encounters that I have had.

Consider this a gut check.  A look into one's view, one's mind, one's soul.  

Surrounded by us everyday is this little, overlooked genre called human emotion.  It intrigues us, it compels us, it frightens us.

Whether you want to admit it or not, we all feel. We all have affect to the cause. And whether we want to admit it or not, we all hurt from it at times.

Before I go on, I want you to read something.   This is another blog entry from Sam. Sam is a paramedic like myself who resides in a different part of the state who has the same conflicts as I, has the same obstacles as I, and has the same human emotions as I do too. 

I am writing to you today, not as a paramedic or any trained professional who is graced with the knowledge and understanding of the surroundings...I am writing this as Sam's friend. Someone who cannot, in myself, begin to feel what is posted, but who wants to understand.

To the Left is a list of other journals, in no particular order. Sam's is listed as "Sam's Journal." Click it and it will go right to the entry.

I beg for you to read what she as wrote and then come back so I can tenure my thoughts.

Are you done?





No Cheating now.............




Okay, it is time to get serious about this issue here.

Human emotion is a lot like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece represents a different feeling. Some pieces together fit nicely and correspond with joy and happiness. Others, seem to have no correlation, showing frustration and confusion.  The borders of the puzzle represent strength and support giving a baseline as to the maticulous order of life protecting us from the elements of life trying to disrupt what is inside that bond.  As the picture of the puzzle becomes more focused, so do the grasp of what we feel which helps us maintain a normal stability mentally and physically.   Once the puzzle is finished, an elation is placed . A feeling of satisfaction and self worth. A sense of perserverence and achievement.  This makes us feel good.

But what if the pieces don't always fit? Or what if the pieces get lost or misplaced?  Then what.

It is human nature to try to adjust to our problems and correct whatever it is that has made a mockery of our work.

The cliche "Picking up the pieces" poses a strong, yet urgent thought that I bring to you.

Could you do it?

Could you pick up the pieces all by yourself and place them back in order? What if you can't?

Would you ask for help or do you have a strong sense of "pride" which forces you to either sink or swim all by yourself?

Yes, I am getting to the point.

My point is this. Human emotion has a wierd way of intertwinning with every aspect of life as we know it.  More so, we are succeptible to not only face the challenges that we bring to ourselves, but to others around us.

Have you ever expirienced the empty feeling of helplessness knowing that you are aware that there is a problem yet, there is little to nothing that you can do about it.  Looking into someone's eyes, knowing that they are hurt and suffering, yet just be out of their reach when you extend your hand. 

As a paramedic, we are trained to focus on the problem and solve them to the best of our abilities rendering the best possible outcome that we can manage. As humans, we are compelled to share in their pain.

It is easy for all of us to sit up here in the cheap seats and look down on other peoples lives that cross in front of us and say "wow, I feel sorry for them." Sitting in judgement to our peers pasting an emotional equality trying to fool ourselves that we "know how they feel" when in essence, we haven't the slightest clue. 

I know, you all are thinking that I have gone off the deep end now and this philishophical mumble jumble makes absolutely no sense what so ever.  Well, you may be right. Maybe I have gone bye-bye. But I want to know something. When does the time come when we stand up from our perched view and go down and offer a hand?

To some, problems seem mundane and temporarily sympathetic. But for those who expirience it, it is real and gut wrenching.

So, before I leave here, I want you to ask yourself this.  Could I help someone if they needed it? Could I be that one they fall back on? Can I be the one who makes a difference?

You'd be suprised at the answer.....All you have to do is get up and try.

Rounding Third and Heading Home,