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Random Ramblings

Hey all out there in cyber space looking at this. Just some random thoughts floating around in my head, some rants maybe, some venting probably. Been quiet at the squad which has given me the time to think a little. Thinking of why we volunteer to do this. For me its the pleasure of a child's smile after fixing that "booboo" or the nood from a family member in the ED after delivering their loved one safely. Sometimes we are the shoulder to cry on if, even after our best efforts, the loved one passes on. Some are glory hounds or trauma junkies, cant help that, its the nature of the beast. I know I fall into this catagory occasionally, I guess its because I am still "new" to the EMS field. Mostly I just like to help people, been that way my whole life. I know I am doing this to help, bottom line. I guess sometimes I look out there and see it being done for all the wrong reasons and it get me wondering why. A good example was last night for me. Town was recognizing the local volunteer organizations with "of the year" and "life time achievment" awards. Cheesy I know but hey, its what the town council likes to do. We had the animal shelter folks, sports coaches, librarians, you name it. If they had volunteers they were at this meeting. Then you looked around for the emergency services. Well my squad was there and.... crickets Unfortunatly because they didnt have folks getting awards they decided it wasn't for them. We didn't, my squad that is, yet we were there some in full dress, the duty crew in their gear. We sat through and applauded the recipents and laughed at the jokes during their acceptance speeches. Heck we (the duty crew) even had to respond to a call during the middle of it. Sorry folks for the disruption during the animal shelter speech. Anyways... this got me thinking as to why. One of the recipients said something that sat with me the rest of the night. He said, "Most of the volunteers here tonight are here because they want to be here. To support one another and this community. They could have been home with families, or at a resturant, or even sleeping. But instead they took time out of their busy schedule for us, me. It means alot to me, us, and it shows what it really means to be a volunteer." Well said Sir. Its true every bit of it. And some of the volunteers (fire, emt) even put their lives on the line in the course of their duties. Not saying they are any better or worse then any of the volunteers, be it the librarian to the animal shelter pooper scooper person, we do it for the sense of community, for our fellow man (not gender specific). True volunteers do it because they want to and not for the spot light or for any other reason for that matter other then for the good of others. I will be back with more later on. But for now I will just leave it like this........ Higher Education Without The Career? Was thinking about something this morning on my way into my regular job. What about continuing my education in prehospital emergency care.. maybe an I or P certification but not make it my career. I want to know all I can but I do not think I would make it a career. I love being an EMT and love helping patients don't get me wrong but my current job is where I wil be till retierment. Im 4th generation at my job so I am pretty sure I will not be leaving anytime soon but want to learn more. I was also wondering (yes alot rolls around up there) if I did get the higher education what implications would that have for me in my squad? Just say I become an I- cert and stay with my current squad the local protocols are not in place for that just Bs and Ps so would i only be able to do B level care yet have the knowledge and cert for higher? Kind of confusing in my head LOL but hopefully I can figure this all out. Be back with more ramblings later.. figured I would just get this nugget down before I forget it.

uglyEMT

uglyEMT

 

I'm an Empath...

Someone asked me what an Empath was and to describe my ability as one... This is it in a nutshell kids... Enjoy Tammy Lin About Empathy and Empaths Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one's empath capacity. Empaths have the ability to scan another's psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were sensitive to others. Empaths Sense Deep Emotions Empathy is a feeling of another's true emotions to a point where an empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface. People commonly put on a show of expression. This is a learned trait of hiding authentic expression in an increasingly demanding society. An empath can sense the truth behind the cover and will act compassionately to help that person express him/herself, thus making them feel at ease and not so desperately alone. Empaths experience empathy towards family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects. Empathy is not held by time or space. Thus, an empath can feel the emotions of people and things at a distance. Some are empathic towards animals (ie: The Horse Whisperer), to nature, to the planetary system, to mechanical devices or to buildings etc. Others will have a combination of the above. Empaths Have Deep Sense of Knowing Empaths are highly sensitive. This is the term commonly used in describing one's abilities (sensitivity) to another's emotions and feelings. Empaths have a deep sense of knowing that accompanies empathy and are often compassionate, considerate, and understanding of others. There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be related to the individualís awareness of self, understanding of the powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life. Empathy is Inherited Empathy is genetic, inherent in our DNA, and passed from generation to generation. It is studied both by traditional science and alternative healing practitioners. Empathy has both biological/genetic and spiritual aspects. Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels. From their position in observing what another is saying, feeling and thinking, they come to understand another. They can become very proficient at reading another personís body language and/or study intently the eye movements. While this in itself is not empathy, it is a side-shoot that comes from being observant of others. In a sense, empaths have a complete communication package. How Empathy Works While there is much we don't yet understand about how empathy works, we do have some information. Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye or the five senses. Words of expression hold an energetic pattern that originates from the speaker. They have a specific meaning particular to the speaker. Behind that expression is a power or force-field, better known as energy. For example, hate often brings about an intense feeling that immediately accompanies the word. The word hate becomes strengthened with the speaker's feeling. It is that person's feelings (energy) that are picked up by empaths, whether the words are spoken, thought or just felt without verbal or bodily expression. Empaths are often poets in motion. They are the born writers, singers, and artists with a high degree of creativity and imagination. They are known for many talents as their interests are varied, broad and continual, loving, loyal and humorous. They often have interests in many cultures and view them with a broad-minded perspective. They are mother, father, child, friend, nurse, caregiver, teacher, doctor, sales people... to psychic, clairvoyant, healer, etc. (That is not to say that any of these categories are all empaths.) The list is extensive and really unimportant. It is more important to notice that empaths are everywhere--in every culture and throughout the world. Empaths Are Good Listeners Empaths are often very affectionate in personality and expression, great listeners and counselors (and not just in the professional area). They will find themselves helping others and often putting their own needs aside to do so. In the same breath, they can be much the opposite. They may be quiet, withdrawn from the outside world, loners, depressed, neurotic, life's daydreamers, or even narcissistic. They are most often passionate towards nature and respect its bountiful beauty. One will often find empaths enjoying the outdoors, beaches, walking, etc. Empaths may find themselves continually drawn to nature as a form of release. It is the opportune place to recapture their senses and gain a sense of peace in the hectic lives they may live. The time to get away from it all and unwind with nature becomes essential to the empath. Animals are often dear to the heart of empaths, not as a power object, but as a natural love. It is not uncommon for empaths to have more than one pet in their homes. Traits of an Empath Empaths are often quiet and can take a while to handle a compliment for they're more inclined to point out another's positive attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times, quite frankly in respect to themselves. They may have few problems talking about their feelings. However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They may even appear ignorant. Some are very good at blocking out others and that's not always a bad thing, at least for the learning empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as well as their own feelings. Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can cause empaths to ignore their own needs. In general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly. Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to tears. At times, they may feel physically ill or choke back the tears. Some empaths will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty, and will have grave difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another's ignorance, closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply cannot justify the suffering they feel and see. People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet! They are like beacons of light. Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding. Here are the listeners of life. Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer. They often will search until they find one--if only for peace of mind. Written by Christel Broederlow Copyright © 2002 Christel Broederlow Shortened Version from The Empath Report 101 Updated about a week ago · Comment ·LikeUnlike Write a comment...

Tammy Lin

Tammy Lin

 

The purpose of the GEMS Diamond is to:

A. help EMS personnel remember what is different about elderly patients. B. provide clues about an elderly patient's problem by observing his or her home. C. provide the EMT-B with a standard format for assessing elderly patients. D. replace the typical ABC approach to patient care when caring for the elderly.

kmztm

kmztm

 

Militant Separatists or Religious Fantics?

I don't know which aspect of this news stroy scares me more; the militant separatist mentality, or the religious aspect that they seem intent on ramming down our throat. I realize and recognize the right to free speech. I respect the right to assemble for religious or political reasons. I accept the fact that there are views other than my own. It's groups like this that really worry me though. It seems that the only thing these people had on their minds is to eliminate as many 'evil law enforcement officers' as they possibly can. Law enforcement officers shouldn't be viewed as 'the enemy', but rather as icons of a dangerous job enforcing the laws of a civil society, so that we might live in peace. How many times hae we seen this type of behavior in other religions comdemned as terrorism, both at home and abroad? And yet there are some that would try to defend this type of behavior as nothing more than exercising a 'constitutionally protected right'. Yes, the first amendment to the constitution guarantees the right to right to peaceably assemble. Plotting terroristic activities is NOT 'peaceable' nor is it protected. If you don't like what the government is doing, then use the freedom to peaceably assemble and your power of the ballot to change things; become an activist for change, not to see how many innocent men and women who have stood up to become law enforcement officers you can take out. I don't need to remind you, dear readers, that law enforcement is a dangerous profession; and the men and women that have answered the call to protect you (to the best of their ability) are not the 'enemy' here. There's been a h uge jump of 'cop haters' lately; and for some, they don't even have a good reason to dislike law enforcement. Others are 'cop haters' because they got caught breaking the law and sent to jail. For you, I say "You should have kept your nose clean and played by the rules!". I have no sympathy for those that willingly broke the law, knowing that they were probably going to get caught. They knew the consequences of their actions, but decided to take the risk anyway. That doesn't make law enforcement officers 'the enemy', but it means they ARE doing what we count on them to do. Militia members wanted to attack cops, feds say Eight arrested, one on the run; they allegedly plotted to attack funeral ADRIAN, Mich. - Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia in the Midwest were charged Monday with conspiring to kill a police officer, then attack the funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement people, federal prosecutors said. Members of the group called Hutaree are charged in the case, including its leader, David Brian Stone. The suspects included six people from Michigan, two from Ohio and one from Indiana, officials said. Once other officers gathered for the slain officer's funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs with projectiles, killing more, the newly unsealed court papers revealed. The charges follow FBI raids over the weekend on locations in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. The raids were prompted by Hutaree plans to stage "a covert reconnaissance operation for April which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk," said Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. According to investigators, the Hutaree view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a "brotherhood" and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government. "It is believed by the Hutaree that this engagement would then serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising against the government," court documents said. Eight suspects have been arrested by the FBI, and one more is being sought. Seven suspects appeared briefly in court in Detroit on Monday and were ordered held without bond until a hearing on Wednesday. Prosecutors said Stone, the militia leader, downloaded information about how to build explosive devices from the Internet and e-mailed diagrams of them to someone he believed was capable of making them, NBC reported. He then directed his son and others to begin gathering the needed materials. Stone was charged, along with his wife and two sons. One son, Joshua Stone, remained a fugitive. The Detroit News quoted Donna Stone, the ex-wife of Stone, as saying his growing radicalism was a factor in their divorce three years ago. "You pray as a family, you stay together as a family," the News report Stone as saying. "When he got carried away, when he went from handguns to big guns, it's like, now I'm done." The group's Web site says Hutaree means "Christian warrior." 'Extremist fringe' Andrew Arena, head of the FBI's field office in Detroit, said the case "is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society. The FBI takes such extremist groups seriously, especially those who would target innocent citizens and the law enforcement officers who protect the citizens of the United States." FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said agents arrested two people Saturday after raids in two towns in Ohio. A third arrest was made in northeast Illinois on Sunday, a day after a raid took place just over the border in northwest Indiana. Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, said one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, who said their property in southwest Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide," Lackomar said. "My team leader said, 'no thanks.'" The team leader was cooperating with the FBI, Lackomar said. He said SMVM wasn't affiliated with Hutaree, which states on its Web site to be "prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't." "We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. All Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded," the group's Web site said. "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment." Lackomar said none of the raids focused on his group, which is affiliated with the Michigan Militia, a larger militia umbrella group. Lackomar said about eight to 10 members of Hutaree trained with SMVM twice in the past three years. SMVM holds monthly training sessions focusing on survival training and shooting practice, Lackomar said.

Lone Star

Lone Star

 

I will be back to terrizing the neighborhood!

Well as a few of you know I have been MIA for a bit, But I am coming back the same old me with a new attitude... this one some might even like its amazing what a break can do!!! The reason I been MIA is cause of personal problem i had to deal with and some things just cant be fixed overnight!!!!! *and a .... you can fill in the blank as you go!!!*

itku2er

itku2er

 

Stupidity Reigns Supreme 5/6

Since my first 'installment' on this topic, I've seen complaints that it was 'too long' to read, so I decided to break it down into smaller bites. Here's what Mr. Cathcart has to say: We can jaw about the Administration's new, tax-laden Brahma-bull health- care snort ‘til the cows come home, appropriate since, if the feds force themselves further into our private medical system, it'll be called "Cattle-Care," since that's the corral we're headed for, as fewer remaining doctors face a greatly-increased herd. 2/3rds of the public wants these power-grab efforts dumped, and the insurance and cost-reduction plans started anew. The fact that government-by-the-people has been dumped instead, tells you all you need to know about the true intensions of D.C.'s monarchy. As for grid-lock, Representative Barney Frank recently bemoaned Congressional partisanship, by which Barney means failure to enact the lib's anti-America plans. As for who's causing his blockage, time for Mr. Barney and fellow lefties to look in the mirror. Also unhappy, but taking action, instead of whining, moderate Democrat, Senator Evan Bayh, feels if, in retirement, he could help create even one new private-sector job, (quote) that "would be one more than Congress has created in the last six-months." So much, then, for the gotta-have 800-hundred-billion-plus job "stimulus" scam, that no-one voting, read before passage, because, like the current effort, it was quickly rammed-through, eliminating scrutiny and what's best for our nation. Worse, we now know that, deceitfully-inserted within those hundreds of un-read pages, was funding to pre-launch the fed's take-over of our medical system, well ahead of legislation. Fraudulently "selling" a massive, treasury-busting outlay as a private-sector jobs-stimulus bill, used instead to "stimulate" only government jobs, reward supporters, and knowingly hide plans and dollars to jump-start the left's intended health-care coup. No doubt stimulated, as well, were the egos and leg-shivers of those who gleefully-rule in the land they dislike, amidst the citizens they view as dumb. Last Friday, the Senate's top loon, Prince Harry, actually said the following: "It's a great day for America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good." First of all, that's February's total job loss, not one day, and, secondly, for the "only" 36,000 who lost their jobs last month, there's nothing "really good" about it. What elitist stupidity. Unemployment remains at 9.7%, but almost 17% including those who've stopped looking. So is America's Supreme Soviet making major consumer and employer tax-cuts to spur job growth? Heck no! The top Comrade and his dancing-eunuchs are too busy trying to jam an unwanted, unneeded, unaffordable, socialist take-over of our medical system down our throats, when it should, instead, be crammed up their anatomical cul-de-sac. Meanwhile, over at the nation's so-called Justice Department, Iowa Senator Grassley has pierced the stone-walling, forcing the revelation that "at least" 9 appointees, there, had previously defended terrorist detainees. Pro-America justice remains in question. Meanwhile, the nation's oldest death-row inmate has died at age 94. This degenerate shot a police officer in 1947, and later went on to kill twice. 57-years in prison, the last 27 on death-row. With endless appeals, he died of natural causes, not from the fritter-cookin' chair-ride he deserved. Another bleeding-heart great example of pampering murderers, while ignoring the permanent pain of victims and families. Now, for those who hadn't heard, the inventor of the Frisbee also passed away last month. How sadly ironic that, out of all this unrelenting stupidity, surging over us like a brown-water tsunami, it's the Frisbee that makes the most sense.

Lone Star

Lone Star

 

A moment of true awsomeness

Is awsomeness a word? I'm not sure. If it isn't it should be! Yesterday I had a moment of pure awsomeness. I gave a woman hope, excitement, and a feeling of beauty that she said she had lacked for a few years. ( How sad it that?) Yesterday the garb I wearing for work exposed my tattoo on my back. Now my dancer has been with me for so long I forget about her. She's just there dancing away covering a scar from a mole removal that went bad. Part of the tattoo is a veil that the dancer is letting go and it looks like it's fluttering to the floor. Well the "flutting" is really the scar tissue. The unevenness of the skin works perfectly for the effect. Short of me telling you or feeling it you would never know that wasn't just really good shading. Well the woman noticed my tattoo and commented about how she loves them but because of excessive ammounts of scars she didn't think she could have them. To which I smiled and told her to touch the veil. She did to which started squeels of joy. She recognized the feel of scar tissue and realized my tattoo was a cover up. She has now gone from a young woman that would cover herself in order to hide her scars because she is depressed and embaressed by them; to a woman that is planning a tattoo that will incorperate them into something beautiful to show off. Like I said: I had a moment of pure awsomeness!

Gypsy

Gypsy

 

A few thoughts on life...

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have a mental illness? We often look at people with them and just brush them off as crazy and nuts, but never take the time to truly understand what they are all about. I have been doing alot of thinking about this since the begining of the year. I wonder what triggers the illness to esculate to the point of violence. Can a simple hello do that? The mind is a strange and fragile thing. The person with a mental illness does not accept the reality of the real word, but the reality they have is real to them. Strange how that works reality is simply a preception isnt it? We "normal" people have different preception of the world than does one with a mental illness. But I wonder what happens to trigger a violent outburst, does this person precieve everyone as an enemy? Is that the reality they know living as if everyone is going to hurt them or cause them pain? Medication is a wonderful thing some time it can balance the brain hormones and them normal again. But when those hormones get out of whack it causes alot of problems. So do we just put them in a institution to spend the rest of their lives sedated or do we take the chance on them and give them the best shot at a normal real life we can? Doesnt everyone deserve to feel secure, safe and comfortable? Just because they have a mental illness does that mean they are less of a human than the people that do not? I have been watching alot of movies with various mental illness in them, Is the answer to the question simply do as they did in "One Flew Over the Coocoo's Nest"? Do just give them all a lobotomy and lock them away? How far can a mothers love spread?

itku2er

itku2er

 

Firebird's Child

While getting ready for another day at faire I put on some faire/Pagan music to get my heart going. It's a great way to set the mood for the rest of the day. Guess that would be the dancer in me talking. Well I was listening to one song and reallized how it can work for some firefighters out there. Now I don't mean the ones that have been doing it so long they forget why they got into it. I mean the ones that go back to the station with that rush of endorphins going, "Man that was awsome!" The song is called Firebird's Child and it's an artist named S.J. Tucker. Just thought it was an awsome song that some here would enjoy.

Gypsy

Gypsy

 

When one of your parents takes ill!

A path that I now find myself on is a path that I must admit that I never hoped to walk down. I come to find myself in a hospital room with my parents being told "we are sorry, but there is nothing else we can do for your father. Take him home and let him live his life out the best he can." My superman, a little girl's daddy, is dying of cancer. My life is never going to be the same, as an EMT for 23 years I certainly know something of seeing people die. But as a daughter this path I want to jump off of. As I go over my parents house everyday I see the cancer take it's toll on this man. The hospital bed in the middle of the living room, the humming of the oxygen as it pushes the life saving air throw the tubing. The hospice people coming bye (sweet angles) sharing themselves with us. Bathing him and seeing him have difficulty breathing even though I was the one doing the work, seeing his weak and frail body. As with many times in my life when my road has gotten very dark there would be a small faint light shinning. This time much to my amazement when I felt this path could get not get any darker and most certainly where could a light possibly be in this? There off in a distance was my little light shinning. What is that light in all this mess? The chance to walk with my dad in a way that I know we would never have if this door was not open to us. I have gone over there every day and every day we make sure we discuss his fears, my fears, what we have enjoyed about being with each other, what he wants for his wife that I can promise to do for him. If we weren't able to walk this path together I shudder at all I would have missed out on, even now after I thought we couldn't have a better relationship with each other I cherish my every moment with not just my dad but my parents. My path has it's little light on it after all!

2wheelinemt

2wheelinemt

 

Stupidity Reigns Supreme

Welcome back dear readers! I know it's been a while, but for those 'in the know' you are aware that I've had some serious issues that needed dealing with, and unfortunately, my little online corner of the world/soapbox was neglected. I plan to remedy this right now: While watching the news tonight, I happened to catch an editorial that was in my opinion, "bare knuckled, no holds barred, in your face, with no sugar coating". It was apparently one part of a 4 part series. I like what he had to say, because it so closely resembles what I've been saying for a while now. He just does a damn sight more eloquently. That being said, these are the words of a man named Bill Cathcart. As always, if you don't like the message, don't shoot the messenger! I present for your reading enjoyment, Mr. Bill Cathcart..... Said President Calvin Coolidge back in the 1920's, as if speaking to us today: "Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn't appear to belong to anyone. Thus, the temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on someone." Well, when it comes to those temptations, this liberal Congress and White House far out-perform even the vocal group by that name. Along with giving away mountains of money last year, money we didn't have, Senate lefties have now raised our debt-ceiling 2-trillion-dollars, to a wallet-boggling total indebtedness of 14.3 trillion. Not done yet, the nation's leadership wants a new 75-billion-dollar, Stimulus II, since last year's, ¾'s of a trillion dollar hand-out quickly vaporized, creating few if any private-sector jobs, only government ones, along with pay-backs to political supporters, we could term, "pay pal." Keep yelling at Congress to knock-off the outrageous spending. It's bankrupting our nation and future. Beyond the fiscal waste of D.C.'s pro-socialists, we must clamp-down on political stupidity, in general. Since we're on to what the feds are trying to pull, the antidote is to stop expanding the central-government and focus-fully on three, immediate priorities: profiling, drilling, and jobs. With our security measures again found wanting, serious, comprehensive profiling must now begin. Until we're secure, nothing else matters. We need to knock-off the fear-of-offending, PC lunacy, and profile travelers and foreign residents, illegal and documented, to keep-out, and throw-out, those intent on harming us. Making a few people unhappy is far better than making a lot of us dead. Next, and related, let's end the energy-independence fable, by increased drilling, mining and nuclear use now. With realistic alternatives still distant, the longer we buy oil from terror-supporters, the longer we're funding our own destruction. And, finally, private sector jobs: tens-of-thousands of which would result from an expanded domestic energy search. Tax cuts are the proven way to increase employment and restore prosperity. Tax hikes kill jobs. Said Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 decision: "the power to tax is the power to destroy." Vibrant free enterprise, not government, grows jobs. Cut spending, cut taxes, increase marketplace employment, and protect us. The right antidote for the plague of stupidity. In the business world, Waste Management is a highly-regarded refuse collection firm. But when it comes to management of waste in the Feds' stimulus world, now that's pure garbage. And the squandering continues, along with the proposed, deficit-hiking new budget. Case in point, the Feds have just given California and Florida 8-billion of our "stimulus" funds to plan and build high-speed rail. Seems we've done without bullet trains since Columbus landed, and now amidst the highest national debt and budget deficits ever, high-speed rail is a priority? The two-branch royal family and assorted court jesters had best re-focus on the real priorities of security and cost-cutting, or prepare to be run out of town on an existing rail. We've long-since depleted our treasury, yet we continue to spend. This year, one out of every three dollars spent by this public-interest-ignoring government must be borrowed. For China, our biggest foreign debt-holder, America has become a rent-to-own, geographic time-share. Are you aware, reports FoxNews.com, that "federal agencies are now spending stimulus money at the rate of, listen to this, 196-million dollars every hour," continuing through September? Playing beat-the-clock, shoveling-out our money, rather than conserving it. Case in point, two Arizona universities got nearly a-million-dollars for three grad students to study the work patterns of ants. Nevada got a 2-million-dollar fire station it can't staff due to local budget cuts. The Cal-gals, Nan, Di, and Barb, grabbed 54-million-dollars to upgrade the Napa Valley Wine Train, now re-named in their honor, the gravy train. And did you know that, on top of staggering debt and deficit, we now have the largest civilian federal payroll in anyone's memory. Stimulus money used to bloat government jobs, while the private sector, the growth engine, was, by design, left to erode. Americans still riding sedated aboard 2009's political love-train, had best be waking-up and jumping-off, as that out-of-control, dollar-burning engine now speeds toward destruction-junction, taking national security and personal freedom with it. As we continue to explore abundant political stupidity, seemingly the preferred lifestyle of America's Supreme Soviet, word now that the adorable little tike, with the fib-triggered-nose-rocket, Pinocchio, has found enough kindred-spirits to choose the nation's capital as his new home. Just in time for nose-launchers like Mr. Biden's statement last week, that Iraq could be (quote): "one of the greatest achievements of this administration." While kudos are in order for that self-administered butt-kiss, if lies really do set pants on fire, his knickers are fritters. This, from the guy and his boss, when Senators, who voted against the liberating surge. Then there's Mrs. Pelosi, who trumpeted her leadership of a bi-partisan Congressional trip to Haiti. Turns out, that of the 12 members going, only one is a Republican. Bi-partisanship as defined by the new ultra-lib lexicon of the left. Other falsehoods, like the mega-bucks being spent to expensively-subsidize creation of "green jobs" with favored companies. Turns out the green-to-gold, pay-pal scheme has stimulated jobs, just not always ours! A study by the, far-from-conservative, American University in Washington, revealed that of the 2-billion-stimulus-dollars thrown at wind power, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines, when domestic jobs would abound, from taping-further into our own energy resources. Apparently "We Are The World" is D.C.'s current chart-topper. Speaking of kicking domestic job creation wide-left, time for some basic truth, as our Politburo debates spending billions more, we don't have, for another stimulus. The feds can only add and entrench government jobs. They cannot create real private-sector employment without huge subsidies, nor will the bravado about new mini-tax-credits and incentives. Businesses will re-hire and expand when they have more customers. Customers will re-emerge when they have more money. And they'll have more money when the Imperial Government stops spending, and enacts sizeable, lasting tax cuts. Then and only then will employers begin to hire, regardless of government Pinocchio-speak, and the smoke-screen billions of our generational-dollars being wasted. Next up, newly-perfected stupidity when it comes to our security. In too many ways, we have become a nation at risk. Beyond medical take-over and looming bankruptcy, lies America's security. As recent actions have shown, the threat posed by radical Islam isn't perceived as serious, increasing our vulnerability. The designed-weakening of America began with the President's global "apology" tour, portraying us, not as an exceptional land of liberty, but rather as an "arrogant" nation, deserving to be knocked-down and brought in line with others in the socialist world order. The chief consequence of the ultra-left's public disdain for our nation, beyond eroding our prominence, is that, by exalting in our newly-imposed weakness, we've emboldened those radical zealots, here and abroad, whose only goal is to convert us or kill us. The fact that America's two-branch leadership refuses to understand this self-induced, heightened threat-status, is inexcusable, nation-endangering, stupidity. And the stupidity wagon rolls on, as we foolishly continue our PC-shield over one demented political mob, beginning with the move to close Gitmo, when no longer an issue in the Mid-East, and who cares if it was. Then telling our enemies our battlefield exit plans. Telling the nation to hold judgment, after the Fort Hood massacre, when it was a murdering-jihadi all along. Telling us the incident was isolated, when the thankfully-inept, alien Christmas Day, BVD bomber, who hopefully burned off his ornaments, was given all the rights of a citizen-criminal. Then opting to try the 9/11 master-mind in criminal court in New York, rather than at Gitmo, although Mrs. Pelosi's district would be preferable. One suck-up move after another, flashing the welcoming green-light of weakness to radicals. We've traded a back-bone for a wish-bone. Turning away from our proven allies, to instead, bow and grovel before regimes that harbor avowed enemies of freedom, thinking it'll make us all pals. This unbelievable PC-stupidity has literally been, and will continue to be, the death of us.

Lone Star

Lone Star

 

first interview

so i have been called in for my first interview since receiving my license a couple weeks ago. I have been doing a ton of research on first interviews and its scarce on information on what i can expect. I will be receiving situational questions along with followups. can anyone give me some help on what type of questions i can expect? also i will be in pro attire. what should i talk about when asked "about me" questions. what kind of questions should i have ready to ask them? I also have a goatee. it is extremely short and well kept. Without it i look absolutely rediculous. what should i do about this? will it effect me? any and all help would be greatly appreciated. this company is 1 of 2 in the valley where i live and they are the largest. so i need to nail this interview so i can land the job. thanks you guys. looking forward to the responses

bmilner

bmilner

 

Finding a EMT Job

HI whoever reads this : This is my first blog I have ever written , I am writting in hopes someone from my area ( Boston, MA) can help me in finding an emt job . I have been looking and they all do a credit check and I have no idea in this time of living why they do that knowing people all over the states are having differculies keeping up with their credit scores. I feel that what my credit score shows should have no effect on my job performance, i am a hard worker and a willing worker and a very caring person I have been working in the medical feild for the past 14 years and only in the "EMS WORLD of JOBS" I have trouble with getting an emt job with the credit checks . If I could find a part time job I will be able to pay off my creditors and still support my family . Any information would be grateful !!!!!!

Lady_EMT

Lady_EMT

 

HI

Well i guss i am bloging now. I have never dont this before so it should be interesting. I just found this cite like an hour ago on facebook so im kind of confused lol not a big surprise i am confused about 90% of the time. The only time that i find my self not confused is doing what i do best which is helping people. and helping them get feeling better. I am one of those rear people that have a crazy passion for ems i am only 19 and only a basic,but i goig to intermediate this fall cant wait. I DONT HAVE A LOT OF CRAZY STORYS TO TELL CAUSE I AM FRESH IN MY CAREER A NEWBE JUST WAITING FOR HER LISENCE TO COME BACK IN THE MAIL BUT I HAVE DONE A YERS WORTH OF EMS THIERED RIDES YA IM THE THIRED RIDER THAT ATRACTS ALL KINDS OF INTERSETING CALLS LIKE A DOG I RESPRETORY DISTRESS YA A DOG hnmmmmm SORRY SIR WE CANT TRANSPORT ANIMAL AND THAT IS HOW THAT WENT LOL. IT IS TRULY AMAZING WHAT WE GET USED FOR. IM ALL READY FINDING THIS OUT LOL. WELL THATS MY FIRST BLOG Hmmmmm WHAT DO U THINK PS. NOT THE BEST SPELLER

starmedic

starmedic

 

A while has passed

Wow a while has passed since I last wrote in this, 7 months to be honest. I am at work on my last block of shifts *2 night shifts after today* and then I am finished with EMD. I am going back to School and hands on RN again. whilst the experience has been an interesting one, its one that ahs had many ups and downs over the last few months. I am stoked and happy I achieved my IAEMD certification and now am aware of so many things in regards to wondering why the hell we were sent out to something it wasn't. EMS staff, please please please please PLEASE don't knock EMD staff until you have had to have that call from a useless informant or someone who is screaming in a language you don't understand and are understaffed. We can only do so much, we try honestly we try but it's hard. We can only do so much in this room and we are in this room most of the time, we can't get out and hop in the vehicle for a drive, we are at our desks most of the shift. I realised I missed hands on health care, and I need to be doing something that I am meant to be doing, so I have a new job back in Coronary Care in a New hospital and working up towards the rest of my masters. Hopefully means more time to be on here with my EMS family and stay involved in pre hospital care again. Scotty

celticcare

celticcare

 

The loss of one of our own

I received a call this morning about the loss of a longtime EMT in our county. Rod had many trials in life including a heart transplant which he was one of the longest living transplant patients in Iowa, plus with in last couple years kidney failure. He fought the fight well. He maintained all his certifications required as an EMT until a couple years ago when his health took a downward spiral. Unfortunately the H1N1 found him and when diagnosed he told his wife, we will fight this fight just as he had all the others, and he did, he had recovered from the H1N1, but other weakened organs in his body failed and he succomed this morning. God's speed Rod.

Cookie

Cookie

 

A Medevac / Mercy Flight from Hell!

Before we are allowed to lift off with a patient, we have to make contact with the MD's in our regional office to discuss the patients condition and discuss treatment en-route seeing as they have loads more flying hours than we do. After conference calling with the MD, the patient was transferred to our stretcher the Aggrastet placed on the syringe pump at 17ml/hr with the ECG and Stats connected to the patient. As per my discussion with the MD, the patient was placed on a 60% re-breather mask at 6L/min. Where after we transported the patient to the awaiting air plane. Upon arrival at the airport, we started packing the King Air and transferred the patient to the stretcher provided on the plane. We removed the stretcher from the plane, and transferred the patient (weighing +/- 145+ kg’s) to it. With the help of my crew and the Pilot’s we loaded the patient in the plane. While trying to secure the stretcher to the lifeport / Aerosled it was noticed that the left hand bracket at the head of the stretcher was bent and therefore made it impossible to secure the stretcher to the Lifeport / Aerosled. It took me and my crew approximately 10min to convince the maintenance dude that the bracket is bent preventing the stretcher from being secured. We again removed the stretcher from the plane while the maintenance dude went to fetch another stretcher. It was at this point that I noticed the first stretcher supplied is a normal camping stretcher that has had the brackets welded onto the aluminium bars to enable it to fit the locking mechanisms of the Lifeport / Aerosled. I decided to cover my ass and phoned the my office and explained to them that the stretcher bracket was bent. They again told me that they will phone me back as the MD at the regional office would like to know why the delay in taking off was so long. I explained to the MD what the situation was as well as my thoughts on the stretcher having been “modified” to fit the Lifeport / Aerosled. Once the maintenance dude arrived with the replacement stretcher. We strapped the patient in and prepared for takeoff. At this point we were approximately 2 hours behind schedule with the patient’s condition remaining unchanged since we started the transport from ICU. The flight itself remained uneventful with the patients vitals, fluid intake, fluid output as well as pain score being monitored and documented. Approximately 20min prior to landing the patients started de-saturating to 89% while on the oxygen flow and I felt my ears “popping”. At this point I increased the flow of the Oxygen to 10L/min. The pilot told me to “strap in”, after ensuring we were strapped in, they performed an emergency decent and received priority landing authorization from CPT air traffic control. I noticed the patients PVC’s (Pre-Ventricular Contractions) increased in frequency although still irregular in nature as a result of hypoxia due to the sudden decrease in cabin pressure (3000ft/min according to the Pilot). This made me decide to get my shit sorted and ready the Atropine should it be needed since the increase in PVC’s also resulted in the patients heartbeat slowing to 55b/min. As soon as the plane levelled out, the patient’s heartbeat increased again to 90b/min with the frequency of the PVC's slowing down slowly. The landing went smooth as per normal ops however approximately 10 – 20sec after touchdown, the aircraft started shaking violently. I recognised the feeling as that of a flat tyre. We continued taxing for another 8 meters to clear the runway where the pilot stopped the plane and proceeded with the shut down procedure. The pilot exited the plane and returned to confirm that the wheel on the nose gear had in fact deflated. Again I had to phone my office in Windhoek and tell them this. My managers first reaction "You are joking!" Sadly I wasn't joking nor will I ever joke about this type of thing. Needless to say, at that time of night (18:30) there was nothing to be done and we had to spend the night in Cape Town.

SA_Medic

SA_Medic

 

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States. It's called Rememberance Day in Canada. Regardless of what it's called in other places, the sentiments behind this day remains the same everywhere. Some will remember those that have laid their lives down to defend their country, while others will reflect on past service member's contributions. Sadly, there are are alot of people that will only look at it as another holiday, a day to take off work, another one of those 'damn federal holidays' where they won't get mail, can't go to the bank, etc. This day isn't just for remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice, but for all that have stepped up to serve their country. Say what you will about American Country Music, but I submit two videos that I think in their own hauntinly way epitomizes Veteran's Day. Let us not forget those who stood ready to lay down their lives to defend our country and the way of life that we all too often take for granted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB76cYS8Ehw I never thought that this is where I'd settle down, I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown, They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men, for a job well done. There's a big white house sits on a hill just up the road, The man inside; he cried the day they brought me home, They folded up a flag, and told my mom and dad, 'We're proud of your son'. And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property, I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company, I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done, I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones, I made it to Arlington. I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight, We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay, And when we finally found that cross, He said, 'Son this is what it cost, to keep us free'. Now here I am a thousand stones away from him, He recognized me on the first day I came in, And it gave me a chill, when he clicked his heels, and saluted me. And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property, I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company, And I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done, I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones, I made it to Arlington. And every time I hear, twenty-one guns, I know they brought another hero home, to us. We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done, We can rest in peace, 'cause we are the chosen ones, We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust Don't cry for us, we made it to Arlington. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0mm4u2VzDs&feature=related I was there in the winter of '64 When we camped in the ice at Nashville's doors Three hundred miles our trail had led We barely had time to bury our dead When the Yankees charged and the colors fell Overton Hill was a living hell When we called retreat it was almost dark I died with a grapeshot in my heart Say a prayer for peace For every fallen son Set my spirit free Let me lay down my gun Sweet mother Mary I'm so tired But I can't come home 'til the last shot's fired In June of 1944 I waited in the blood of Omaha's shores Twenty-one and scared to death My heart poundin' in my chest I almost made the first seawall When my friends turned and saw me fall I still smell the smoke, I can taste the mud As I lay there dying from a loss of blood I'm in the fields of Vietnam, The mountains of Afghanistan And I'm still hopin', waitin', prayin' I did not die in vain [Choir:] Say a prayer for peace (for peace) For our daughters and our sons Set our spirits free (set us free) Let us lay down our guns [Trace:] Sweet mother Mary, we're so tired But we can't come home (No we can't come home) [Choir:] 'Til the last shot's fired In closing, as a Veteran myself; I would like to thank each and every one of you who have served before me,and who will serve after me. It is your dedication to your country that has kept us free, and will continue to ensure that freedom's light will continue to burn brightly.

Lone Star

Lone Star