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  2. Welcome back dear Readers!

    I know it's been far too long since we've spent any quality time together, so I'm going to try to rectify that now...

    For those that don't know, I was in the hospital for about a month with diverticulitis/diverticulosis. I presented to the local E/D unable to walk into the triage area because of severe abdominal pain. I thought that I had suffered a abdominal herniation due to having to help move a rather 'portly woman' who was brought into the same E/D in cardiac arrest. While in the hospital, I was taken off solid foods, and when the clear liquid diet didn't produce the desired results, I was taken off all foods by mouth and recieved nutrition from a PICC line in the right upper arm......

    Well, because of the month long stay at Hotel Hospital, I ended up falling too far behind in class, and was forced to withdraw from the paramedicine program once again; this time in my last semester.......(nsert heavy, sad sigh here).

    Well, after all that, one would think that I'd earned a break through all this and MAYBE something would go my way for a little while.......wrong!

    As it turns out, I'm back in the hospital for apparently the same thing. Looks like a relapse or maybe just a 'flare up' of the original condition that never really went away. Either way, docs are tossing around terms like 'surgery', 'ostomy' and 'resection' far more than I feel comfortable with....considering it IS MY colon they're talking about hacking into.......!!!

    I'm at my wits end, and have actually thought about giving up on ever getting my Paramedic license. Ive worked my ass off TWICE now, only to have it snatched out of my hands (first the motorcycle wreck, now this).....

    l honestly don't know if I've got what it takes to go back 'one more time'.....after all, I'm closing in on 50 years old far too fast for my liking, and would REALLY hate to finally accomplish the degree in Paramedicine, only to find out that I can't use it .......

    Right now, I'm searching for a reason to 'hang in there' on getting my degree; but I'm coming up empty.......

    I just saved hundreds of dollars on car insurance, simply by selling that POS car!

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    ever a end to the madness? When is enough enough? :mellow::mellow::mellow::huh::huh:

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  4. Well Kids I be back in Town-Emiitsburg was great 91 degrees and sunny (Sorry Retread I don't have access to the chat and I forfot to leave a message for you)-Well I be a ICS Instructor now..

    Karokee Night was good--Lots of free Beers..

    Summer classes just around the corner--Springs classes comming to and end-two finals to go.. However the scenery on campus is grade A come warm weather.....

    Well folks feel free to stay in touch...

    Dave

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  5. ok, so my son is in cubscouts. He wants the scholarship but the only way to meet his goal which the scholarship is 2500.00 in popcorn sales, is to hit up everyone of our friends, neighbors, relatives and whoever else he want's to sell to.

    I find that a pain in the butt because people seem to feel like they can't say no. I've said no enough but only because money is so tight.

    I put this here because I'm offereing online popcorn ordering but only if you agree to have an email sent to you with the popcorn sale link.

    If you want a popcorn item or want to purchase popcorn to support my son and his cub scout pack, please email me at ruffems@gmail.com

    I will send you a link to my son's popcorn ordering page and you can order online and have it shipped directly to you.

    No pressure. Just voluntary if you want to get some pretty dang good popcorn if I do say so myself.

    if you would consider purchasing popcorn to send to the troops overseas, you can choose the two Military popcorn options, 50.00 and 35.00 Both of these items gets popcorn in that amount sent to the military serving overseas as well as domestically.

    Thanks for listening and reading.

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    Two muffins are in the oven. One says, it's hot in here! The other says, whoa! A talking muffin!

  7. Marine Corps legend, Chesty Puller, when informed in the middle of a fierce ground battle that his troops were completely surrounded, said words to the effect of, ”Good, now we can shoot at the S.O.B.s in any direction”.

    “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!” These are the words and deeds of brave men who stood for what they believed in even if it took their last drop of blood.

    America has always won against far superior forces, simply because our people have always had the tenacity and the courage to spit in the face of an enemy’s overwhelming strength and never give an inch even when their backs were to the wall.

    American history is full of accounts of bravery and valor that reaches far beyond the pale of any simple call to duty to a place of rarified air only visited by the bravest of the brave and the boldest of the bold.

    How would you like to go to war with Eric Holder guarding your left flank and Janet Napolitano guarding your right?

    How would you like to get in a bar fight with Harry Reid watching your back?

    The schools in this country are teaching revisionist history to our children, belittling or even omitting American heroes and reducing morals to a gray area with no absolutes and even denying the omnipotence of the God who made the very earth they stand on, the ACLU standing by with bated breath, eager to sue at the mere mention of His name.

    Part of the Supreme Court thinks the Constitution is only a list of suggestions, and from the looks of things that attitude will only worsen with the recent appointees.

    Our President lies with impunity and criticizes an immigration bill he admits he hadn’t even read, while taking every opportunity to smear the country that was silly enough to elect him President.

    Our Attorney General is more concerned with extending the rights of a full-fledged American citizen to a murdering scumbag Islamic terrorist than he is in seeing justice carried out. He also hasn’t read the immigration bill that he is criticizing and threatening to bring legal action against it.

    Our Director of Homeland Security is seriously not up to the job and only the grace of God saved the lives of untold numbers of Americans in New York recently when an Islamic terrorist who had flown to Pakistan something like thirteen times without making the no fly list left a bomb on a busy Manhattan street and scampered to the airport where he almost escaped aboard an Arab airline. She is also criticizing the immigration bill that she hasn’t read.

    That’s three of the most powerful people in the U.S.A. lying about and distorting legislation they admitted they haven’t even read. It’s insane.

    Our Democrat-controlled Congress and Senate, realizing that they will probably not have a majority in both houses after November are feverishly cramming one catastrophic spending program after another down the throats of an Obama weary America.

    There seems to be a pervasive attitude of “If ya can’t beat 'em join 'em” as state after state gets ready to legalize certain drugs and there are those who say that we just can’t do anything about our southern border.

    I have one word for that, “baloney”.

    We can do something about anything if we would only go about it the right way. We just simply don’t have enough real men in power who are willing to stand for something besides their next election and the political party they belong to.

    They think no more about betraying America than they do of swatting a fly, a pitiful bunch of limp-wristed cowards who blow in the wind like a limp rag, lacking the guts or the integrity to pay the cost of doing the right thing for America.

    Anybody with a mere semblance of a brain has to know that what Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrats are doing can only have a bad ending, in fact, in my estimation, bad is a much too mild a word to describe what’s going to happen when Obama’s crippled chickens start coming home to roost.

    And yet there is not one strong voice on Capitol Hill who is willing to risk the wrath of the media to say, ”Hey wait a minute, this President is ruining the economy of our country for generations to come if not forever!!!”

    Not one has the gonads to stand up and shout, ”No you cannot grant citizenship to twelve million people who came into this country illegally just so the Democrats can stay in office for the next hundred years!!!

    Whatever happened to the men who had the guts to stand for what is right, no matter how unpopular, no matter what the personal cost?

    What ever happened to the American citizen who would stand up and say, ”Hell no, don’t even think about taking my guns away and I demand school vouchers for my children so they can learn what I think they should learn instead of that socialist crap the teacher’s unions are supporting. I’m tired of paying taxes and having my money given to support the socialistic laziness of a nation like Greece. I want to hear my President and his administration call an Islamic terrorist an Islamic terrorist and I want the ones we’ve caught tried in a military tribunal.”

    It seems that America’s pioneer spirit has all but evaporated in the steamy morass of political correctness and compromise that is taking more backbone out of each succeeding generation.

    I’m so sick of the empty suits and milksop scoundrels on both sides of the aisle in Washington and the state capitols.

    America is looking for a few good men and women; spineless sellouts need not apply.

    Wussies to the left of me, wimps to the right.

    It’s sickening.

    What do you think?

    Pray for our troops, and for our country.

    God Bless America

    Charlie Daniels

    I saw this on Charlie Daniels myspace page a little earlier and for those of you who arent really sure who Charlie is well he is a damn good american and a damn good musician. Anyway he has recently been publishing his thoughts on the political turmoil and in his words lack of patriotism going on in this country. The title of this blog was Wusses on the left of me and P****** on the right of me (censored if ya want the real title email me or pm me) anyway I have to say that I live in an area that is close to a Naval Base and well...most of my best friends are military and there parents were/are military and you know what those of us in America couldn't do have the shit that we do right now if it wasnt for the military. So my theory is that be you for it or against it you really should support this military of ours seeing as they are the ones who allow you to say what you say.

    Now onto more parts of this blog post. I am a child who was just prior to the gray area of morals and the I grew up to "Remember the Alamo" and you know what I havent forgotten how it felt that day, and I will always remember where I was when the world stopped turning. It seems to me that some people have including our illustrious Commander in Chief.(more on that in a second). I remember the 343 that died that day and they were american heroes. I remember that first hand. I remember learning about JFK. I remember reading about the great things that FDR did including mobilizing a country for war. I remember reading about the decision that Harry Truman had to make as to wether the Atomic bomb should be used or not used. What would have happened if he had decided to not use it how would the war have changed? These are indeed heroes of our country and yet there are more before the days of Davy Crockett before the days of Abraham Lincoln. American history is littered with great decision makers. Now I will probably be called a racist for this but I am gonna bring this up anyway....not to mention this a slightly hot topic. If we have a crisis the likes of these that I have just mentioned how is Barack Obama going to cope with it, I mean with all due respect to him he is a commander in chief who has never even been in the military let alone commanded anyone. Can he handle the stresses of sending people off to war or are we going to just cower in fear. With people like Nancy Pelosi giving POTUS his marching orders I fear we may or even worse we may even bow down to them. I mean after all Obama has already bowed down and kissed the queens hand.

    Anyway this is just the beginning of this series I need ot go to bed it will be continued in the days to come.....

    Tyler

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  8. So I sure have had a lot of learning experiences so far as a Medic. I had a status epilepticus that had been seizing for 40 minutes, STEMI, MVCs, and the most memorable so far, running my first code as a medic. We were called actually for an intercept for report of a "person down". We make intercept and the EMTs are just hysterical. We literally have to make them stop yelling and shouting at the patient as they are doing CPR. Come to find out it was a fellow EMT. I actually did well at focusing on the task at hand, running the code. After butting heads with the other medic (He wanted to use new ACLS standards and I have not been taught them so I wanted to run the old ones), we made it to the hospital. We ran the code for a little bit longer before calling the time of death. That was when I got a really good look at the patient. It suddenly hit me that the patient was a co-worker. I am trying to be the one that maintains my composure at this point because the EMTs were really upset and the family was just devastated. So I get everything cleaned up and ready to go for the next call. Well once things calmed down I went and apologized to the EMTs for yelling at them (but they needed to calm down) and it kind of hit me that I worked with this person. They were healthy and no medical history. SO long story short I have been working my way through all that. I am not letting it bring me down though. We had the debriefing and I know that I did all that I could do. Still was a tough call to deal with.

    Other than that things are going well. I have officially been named "shit magnet". My co-workers just make me laugh. They enjoy picking on me and torturing me with this creepy plastic hand. Thats just part of working in this job though. You are going to get picked on....a lot!!!

    Well I suppose I better get some work done. I just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive and kicking. Things are going great and I am learning a lot!! I am starting to get more comfortable in my skills slowly. :

    Until next blog,

    Ash

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    There was a home that these poor mental patients would go and give this lady all their social security checks to so she would have enough money to get food for them, beds, and help pay for the place that they are staying at. A half-way home, these patients remember where mental patients. Some of them didn't know what was going on. They just knew that they weren't in the hospital any more and were willing to go to this place. A place that feed them, gave them room and board sounded very good to them. But after they were there for some time they realized who terrible that place really was. If you were the lucky one you were just left in a cold room with dirty sheets and the mattress was so thin you could almost see through it. If she like you then each day or several times a day you were time into her room. That was an experience that you never wanted to have. The patient's would call 911 from the pay phone on the in the hallway. If she caught you before it went through then the call was canceled. If not and the call went through then we would come and when we went inside if she didn't know we would find her with one of the patients in here room and they would be ever so happy to see us. When we would load the patient up to take them to the hospital she would get very angry and not want us to take them to the hospital. Though they where mentally ill they could tell us what was going on.

    On this way day she didn't want us to take this patient to the hospital. I had already shut her down once due to the treatment of the patients and the conditions of the place. She re-opened back up under a different name. Doesn't anyone check out the place before they open and give her a license? They would have seen it was the same place. I just don't understand how the state could let these poor people be sent to a place like this and no one check it out. The smarter ones would call 911 and tell us what was wrong at the place while we took them to the hospital. That made her very angry and she found out who had called the state on her and when we were there to pick up a patient that called 911 she came running after me and grabbed me by the back of the shirt collar and pulled me out of the back of the rig. When she got me out of the rig I turned to face her after I regained my balance as I came up she punched me right in the face. Knocked me clear off my feet. I'm 5 3 100lbs. She out weighted me by 100lbs and was 5 8 something like that. As I got to my feet to hit her back when several cops came running. Tackled her and hand cuffed her and off to jail she goes. What happens to all the people there? We take them to the area hospitals to have checked out and sent to a different half way home. Her place was closed down charges brought against her by the police. She brought charges against me. I didn't even touch her but she brought them against me anyway, at court and believe it or not the judge demanded I tell her I was sorry or have the charges brought against me. Like that wasn't bad enough she re-opened again. Third time under a different name. What does it take to close this place down?

    Finally enough patients complained but not until so many patients had so much more mental damage done to them that the placed closed. Never to open again! The great state of NJ, these poor people were caught in a system that didn't seem to care. I often wonder how many homes like that are out there? those poor people were sent to other homes. Are they like that one? I hope not!!!

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    Will this ever get better? I can't even go up a flight of stairs!

    :(

  10. 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.

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    So that really stinks. I come in to the city after a very LONG 4 days of work, after not sleeping for over 24 hours and just want to relax and visit in the chat room....well....guess what? I can't. That really sucks!!!!! I have 325 ish posts in the forums....am I supposed to just comment on every post just for the sake of getting a post in so I can get 2500??? wow.....It was really nice knowing all of you. Too bad I won't be able to chat anymore.

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    aaaah loving the job area and people..........not missing some people others i am.............loving ems again!!!!!!!!!!! :jump:

    E.P.M.D.!!!!!!!!

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  12. I have to wonder what is wrong with someone to go into an elementary school and just start shooting. Innocent babies dead because someone decided it would be a good idea. The shooters mother dead because she was a teacher in that school. Can someone explain it? anyone? cuz I sure can't.

    This world has gone absolutely insane. It seems that this kind of thing is getting more and more frequent. We all think of Columbine and the shooting at the Amish school in PA and I'm sure that there are others but they slip my mind just now. What in your life can be so bad that your only alternative is to kill your mother and 20 innocent children in kindergarten and first grade? along with 6 other adults? Did nobody see this coming? Did nobody see that there was something wrong with this person? Have we, as a country, become so used to this kind of gun violence that what happened today is just commonplace?

    Don't get me wrong, I advocate the fact that people have the right to keep and bear arms. I grew up around guns...my father taught me how to shoot when I was old enough to hold them without shooting myself in the foot. NY has some pretty stringent gun laws. I cant shoot my husbands pistol because I dont have a pistol permit but I can shoot the shotgun and rifle. I can protect myself and my son should the occassion arise....and God willing it never will arise.

    I just don't understand this kind of thing..,I don't...and I am saddened that the world that my son has to grow up in, is so violent. That, for some people, the only answer to thier problems, is to pick up a gun or 2, go to the local elementary school and kill 26 people.

    I wish that I could turn back the clock 30 yrs. A time when you could leave your house doors and windows open and unlocked and nobody would even think to walk in if your car wasnt there. When you could leave your keys in the car at night, without worrying that it would be gone in the morning,.....when your kids could go to school and not be afraid that someone is going to come in with a gun, and kill you and your friends and your teacher and anyone else they happen to come across. I wish......

    My thoughts and prayers go to the families that lost thier sweet babies today and the families of the adults that were killed. And to my EMS brothers and sisters in CT....I am so sorry that this kind of thikng has happened in your town and state. I am thinking of you all and pray that you find the strength to go on.

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    I set up this blog for any one that is on here that also may have responded to the crash scene of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, NY. With such a major loss of life and destruction as this MCI caused I am sure that there are many that are having a hard time coping with the after effects. This blog is a place where we can discuss how you have or would have been affected by such a terriable tragedy

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