493 Hours. The Last Shift

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

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Monday, October 27, 2008

It is officially official. I just got off my last shift for a grand total of 493 hours of Paramedic Internship. My final day was actually enjoyable - very slow with only two transports. I'm looking forward to getting home tomorrow and seeing all my friends and family. I didn't get nearly as homesick as I thought I would, but I still did! I'm sitting in IHOP for the last time, mooching off their internet and eating breakfast. I've been here so many times the staff don't have to ask me what I want, they just bring it. Hah! Awesome.

Paramedic class was a great time - I got to know an amazing group of people and learned so very much. But I can say that my internship has been the single greatest learning experience of my life - thanks to my Instructor Paul for giving me the knowledge I need and to my preceptor, Patrick, for giving me real world experiences and knowledge above and beyond the classroom. Patrick told me how much he admired all the Alaskan students for coming all the way here. He talked about when he was in Paramedic school he just had to travel the 40 miles to the college and he listened to all the other students complain about that. Then he became a preceptor and had students from Alaska who traveled over 5,000 miles at great expense - just to finish their paramedic rotations. I would recommend to any Paramedic students that can to get Patrick if you come to MCHD. He'll teach you not only street medicine, but how to integrate book medicine into your treatments and diagnosis. He's one of the best medics I've met.

Texas is a nice place (considering what I thought of it before) and I am seriously considering applying for a position at MCHD and moving back here. Houston isn't that bad - though there are some spots that are just as "Cletus the Slackjawed Yokel" as you can get, though most of them seem to be in North County - and it seems that peoplea re genuinely embarassed when it's brought up. I'll probably wait until after next summer to make my final decision since there are positions opening all the time. I want to get at least one more semester of school it at KPC. I would like to graduate with a bachelor's from KPC - which has been incredibly good to me for the last two and a half years of my life.

This time tomorrow I'll be in the air above Texas, heading for Minneapolis, then home to Alaska. I was planning on going to the Johnson space center today, but I have too much to do to spend it in Houston. I've got some packages to send, bags to pack, etc. I'll probalby drop a couple more entries before I board the plane tomorrow morning. Just in case I don't, thanks for those that read my ramblings, and I look forward to seeing everyone again.

Later, ya'all! :)
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toddnrachel on

Yeah.....our Andy is coming home!!!!

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