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About MariB

  • Birthday May 01

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  • Occupation NREMT

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Iowa
  • Interests Black belt in Taekwondo.Spending time outdoors.

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  1. MariB added a post in a topic A big day   

    Lol, actually, it is not something they can keep. There is no crap banks. It isn't like blood. Sorry.
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  2. MariB added a post in a topic A big day   

    Well no, but he will be losing 2 days of work.
    I am footing the bill for hotel room and food. He has his choice of everything he wants to do which is looking at skid loaders and tool stores. I am more familiar with the town than he is.
    No money. Just being good hearted
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  3. MariB added a post in a topic A big day   

    Thanks you!
    Getting so excited! For what? Poop!
    I have to laugh, the guy donating is an electrician. When the office called they went through a whole speech about how honorable of a thing he was doing and how he could be saving her life. He kept responding "Im crapping in a bucket, I do it everyday, sometimes twice, if she needs it great " he couldn't imagine others not stepping forward. Trade workers, best ones to consider for donation. Ever.

    Little crude, but yay!
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  4. MariB added a post in a topic A big day   

    I'm sure it did. C diff is something I had never heard of before this. Of course when she got it the first time, she was sick. Really sick. Her wbc was 38000 with 5 bands. She was transferred emergent by ambulance 67 miles to another hospital. Her vitals were crappy, and they were thinking it was her lungs at first. The diarrhea hadn't even set in quite yet.
    She has been hospitalized 4 times from the c diff itself. Many other times from the histo. Hopefully we can concentrate on just the histo after this.
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  5. MariB added a post in a topic A big day   

    At first she was like "no way!" But after repeated episodes she was so ready to try. Finding someone who hadn't been on antibiotics was the hard part. I take one every day for chronic uti.
    My spouse tested positive twice for rotavirus so he was excluded for some time.
    Finally a friend of mine stepped forward and he tested great on everything. They pushed to get her scheduled right away as she is pretty sick girl with both illnesses.
    Who would have thought we would be all so excited?

    Her doctors are calling this a life saving procedure.
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  6. MariB added a topic in Non-EMS Discussion   

    A big day
    After battling C-diff for 10 months, and 4 confirmed cases. We have a healthy donor for my daughter. She is having a fecal transplant Friday morning.
    She is resistant to vaynco now and has had a few unconfirmed cases where she called in and increased her medications without being tested. It is believed she has had c-diff 6 times.
    She takes vancomycin every day and has now for almost this whole time. Tapering doses has not worked. Stopping has been a nightmare.
    It was first told to us she couldn't do this with the meds she was on by infectious disease. I begged to try it anyway. Her gastrointestinal doctor said her medication should not cause any problems with the healthy stool.

    As for her lungs. Still not seeing much progress. Long term antifungal. Waiting for these things to calcify.
    Oh and through all of this, she had originally had to quit EMT class due to being ill on the last few chapters. I am proud to say she just finished her hybrid and is now a NREMT. And has returned to school to finish her LPN year. If she can get the c-diff under control and the antifungals keep the histoplasmosis at bay, they have held a spot for her in the ADN this spring.
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  7. MariB added a post in a topic Interested in becoming an EMT student directly after high school.   

    It depends on the services in your area. Are they welcome to your age?
    My 19 year old daughter got her certification last Tuesday.
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  8. MariB added a post in a topic EMT-B calling himself a 'Medic' in Indiana   

    We have NPs in our emergency rooms now and I Love it! It freed up the clinic for more appointments, the NPs are not rushing and the few we have are amazing. There are times, with my daughter especially they go ahead and call in the physician, but in general, bringing the m into our hospital has been great. We are rural and really can't find doctors to staff an ER 24 hours a day.
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  9. MariB added a post in a topic EMT or EMT-Basic?   

    I am an EMT, not an EMT basic. By the end of this year all Iowa EMTs will be don't with the B in their title
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  10. MariB added a post in a topic Burnout advice?   

    I remember you discussing this certain call and having a very difficult time. Get help, before it destroys even non ems parts of your life.
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  11. MariB added a post in a topic EMT Gets Suspended and Resigns After Breaking Rules   

    I don't think he is a saint. I think he is an idiot.

    And I know of a great Volly squad, one that could go toe to toe with any paid service.
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  12. MariB added a post in a topic BLS WITH OUT PULSE OX AND OR AED. SHOULDNT THEY HAVE ONE ?   

    We actually have these. We do fire rehab. We are also a volunteer service, but my director felt it was an important piece of equipment. Believe it or not, I have used it quite a bit.
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  13. MariB added a post in a topic BLS WITH OUT PULSE OX AND OR AED. SHOULDNT THEY HAVE ONE ?   

    Actually, give me an AED over a rapid ALS response any day. Early defib!
    Getting the defib on a shock able rhythm key.

    Good quality CPR and rapid defib can hold it over for als
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  14. MariB added a post in a topic Online daily check lists   

    Ours, for my part isn't just daily, but after every run, whether once or 8 times a day. Its several things but consists of checking some things like :
    O2 psi in the tanks on board, on the cot and in the respir bag
    Running a user check on the defib
    Checking the lock and writing the number for the medic drug bag making sure it is intact
    Checking any equipment used and replacing supplies used on the run
    Sanitizing bp cuff, hand rails, pulse ox , clip board and all hard surfaces
    Remaking the cot etc etc.

    The driver does the truck stuff
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  15. MariB added a post in a topic A Sick Child   

    Well I've tried to get more info, just got more questions. This scenero is no fun
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