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MedicAsh

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

MedicAsh

Life lately....

Hello my fellow EMS'ers,

Things sure have been crazy for me. I am working my way through Paramedic orientation while finishing out my "basic" shifts. That pretty much means that I have no life what so ever. Thats ok though. I am actually learning a lot. Its made me open my eyes to a whole new world. I knew that once I passed medic classes and testing that the "real" learning was just beginning but I had no clue as to how! I kind of have had to have a slap in the face to wake me up. I think I am finally starting to get the hang of thinking like a medic and not like a basic. Yes, I know basic skills before medic but it was hard for me until recently to step up and play medic rather than hiding behind the medic. It was hard for me to get out of my thinking that way. Since then things have been going a lot better!!! I have one more orientation day next week then the week after I start taking over as medic. To be honest.....I am scared $hitle$$. Its intimidating.

Well in other news, I am getting ready to go on vacation next month. I am going to Wyoming to see family and to meet my new nephew!! He will hopefully be born the first week of September. I am getting excited. I think it will be a fun trip. I am driving so it will be a long trip but thats ok. I am up to the challenge. Once I get back, I will start orienting on the other ambulance that I will be working on. I am excited for that but it will be strange not being the student on that rig.

I also started my classes for my bachelors degree. I am doing a lot online so thats nice. I am actually really enjoying my classes so far. That could change by next quarter LOL. I am going for my Bachelors in Psychology. YES....I know.....I am crazy!!

Well I think that is all that is new with me. Life is busy but boring non-the-less around here. I hope this finds all of you doing well out there in EMS land!

Ash

MedicAsh

Wow!

Wow, that is about all I can say at the moment. I never thought I would see this day!! I took my NREMT-P written exam today and I passed!!!! I honestly thought I was going to fail. I am still in shock. I have worked 3 long hard years to get through all of my college classes. I graduated in May and now look at me. I am proud of myself. I never thought I could do this. I have a job on the same service I am on now. I really need to start stepping up to the plate and getting more confident in myself. Thats the next step. Anyways I wanted to update you all :)

Ash

MedicAsh

Yea, School, work, clinicals, and on call has me on very little sleep. I have sure learned the value of coffee and mtn dew. School is going very well though. I am in my last year of medic. I will be graduating in May and HOPEFULLY passing registry. It sure has been a long journey but fully worth it!!

As I have been thinking about where I want to go in my life, I have decided that I am going to go on to graduate school after I get my bachelors degree. For what you may ask? Well, I am going to go into clinical and research psychology. Yes, I will still work as a Paramedic after I am a therapist. There is no law saying I can't practice both. I am actually very happy with my decision. It seems like now that I have direction in life, I am focused once again.

Well I just wanted to update you all. Until next time, take care and stay safe.

ASH

MedicAsh

medic school

Well Tuesday marks the first day of medic classes. I am nervous and excited all in one. I still cant believe I am to this point. Ill be sure to keep everyone updated

MedicAsh

No calls......

Well here I am sitting in the ambulance office of another DEAD day. Kinda boring here. We havent had a call in a few days. So I have gotten to get orientation going really good, and I have also gotten to learn a lot from the medics. They are really great and really helpful. Everyone here is. I am happy that I am back on an ambulance once again!! This is my calling, this is where I need to be. :) I can say I am at a good point in my life. I am happy. It sure has been a long time since I said that. :)

Well I am outta here. Time to do something. Hopefully this quiet day will end and have a call or 2 LOL. I want a call!!!

Be safe out there in EMS land.

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