Southern Thunder

Trip Start Sep 14, 2008
Trip End Nov 01, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Southern Thunder. Sounds like the name of a really good beer... or a special blend of Mary and Juan's tokin powder.

I saw my first southern thunder storm this morning! The lightning was simply unreal. We had the chain lightning and such in Eastern Washington, but this is like nothing i'd ever seen before. The thunder was really loud as it passed overhead. I just kept thinking about the Garth Brooks song Thunder Rolls... surrounded by firefighters. It was a little awkward, I'm not gonna lie.

So last night I ran all the calls instead of picking and choosing. I was told "Today I'm not here, and Jolene (my preceptor's regular partner, who's a paramedic) just graduated as an EMT Basic - but she barely passed." This meant that ALL procedures had to be performed by me. IV's, assessments, lung sounds, EKG's, etc. Just as if I was alone in the back of the ambulance with my partner driving. My preceptor sat back and let it ride.

Of course the first patient we get is a bitchy, whiny old lady who's apparently pissed that she's lived so long so she's taking it out on the rest of the world. I got kudos for keeping composure and not letting her fluster me. Getting an assessment and history was complicated by the fact that she did not stop bitching the entire way in. That, and the fact that her story and complaint would change. Ah well, c'est la vie. I think I did okay, it was a slow day thankfully. We did have a chest pain with a gentlman with a blood pressure of 202/108. He got a few squirts of nitro and was fine. He seemed to think faking a few fainting episodes would get him into the ER quicker, but they soon stopped when I told him that if he didn't stay awake I would stick a tube down his throat so he could keep breathing. It isn't a threat, it's just a simple fact: you fall asleep or faint around a Paramedic and, well, we don't get a chance to intubate often.... you do the math }:o)

An altogether uneventful night after all. Our last call was around 3:30 in the morning, but it was unremarkable. I did, however, get a call yesterday giving the official approval of the job at the hospital as an ER Tech. I won't get to do a lot of the cool stuff like IV's and intubations, but I'm looking at it as a chance to be exposed to a lot more. Any kind of clinical exposure (and access to doctors) is definitely a very good thing.

I'm still not sure what I'm gonna do on my day off... I may catch a movie today if there's something playing, but in all likelyhood I'll stay in and do some laundry, watch a movie, etc.

What is it with sweet tea here, anyway?

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