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  3. Another new guy, but perhaps a little different

    NO one as seasoned - or salty as Scubanurse.
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  5. last post was Feb 22

    my brother in law in honor of showing off who we think will be his fiance very soon bought all of us floor seats for the Eagles. I would never look a gift horse in the mouth but I would much prefer a seat up off the floor area because they pack you in like a sardine and my sciatica was fired up after an hour. Thank goodness for coor's light to lighten the pain of the past sins of lifting wrong in EMS.
  6. last post was Feb 22

    Kemper Arena. Got to play soccer on the floor before a Kansas City Comets game there when I was a kid. Fun times. Good on the Eagles for still touring. Would like to see them. Not sure I want to shell out the bucks to do it, though. That might be one of those "once in a lifetime" events, though. Glad it was a good show.
  7. last post was Feb 22

    I went to the Eagles concert last night. 5 70 year old guys, on stage for 3 full hours, no break, all 5 a fall and a hip fracture away from disaster. They still sound as good as they did the first time I went to see them 30 years ago at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Damn can that Joe Walsh still rock and Don Henley, he's a rocker. These guys drive around the country in a tour bus for 100-150 days, do 70 shows a year, 100 rehearsals, live out of hotels half the year, have remained friends for 45 years and still put on a great show night after night. When I hear a 20 year old say "I'm so tired" I want to look at that snowflake and say "buck it up buttercup"
  8. last post was Feb 22

    You'll never be as young as you right now
  9. last post was Feb 22

    i miss the old us
  10. last post was Feb 22

    I've been so busy with NP school, changing jobs, struggling with PTSD, and life that I honestly forget about this place until 1 in the morning when I can't sleep and see it on my bookmarks page.
  11. Another new guy, but perhaps a little different

    Welcome! Lots of seasoned folks here if you have any questions
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  13. Another new guy, but perhaps a little different

    Welcome. Good luck.
  14. So, I am now in EMT class, again. I took it once before many years ago and really enjoyed it. However I was never able to work EMS. At the time I took the class, I was also in backgrounds for the Sheriffs Dept in my home county. So when I was hired as a Deputy, I was asked to let my EMT certification expire, as they did not want any liability and did not want to provide me with any materials. I left law enforcement for many reasons, after 5 years of service to them, considered going back, but the timing just wasnt right for me personally. I began driving a Semi truck hauling hay, and later hazmat, and hazmat took me to Los Angeles. Recently the wife and I wanted to move back closer to our families, and I was tired of driving a truck and dealing with hazwaste and bio-hazard medical research waste. So we moved up here. I worked for a short time as a propane install specialist, but left when I took my paid family leave for when my daughter was born. After that I had to get onto disability, as a hand injury I didn't take proper care of when I broke my hand, really came back and bit me. getting ready for my second surgery now. So, here I am, back in EMT school for a second time. This time to stay.
  15. So we have people joining even today, the last thread post was Feb 22. What can we do to get more posting and activity to this site? I don't really know.
  16. Old folks Still here?

    Been away for four long years. For some reason, an email popped up and reminded me of the site. I totally forgot about EMTcity! I'm back and plan on checking in more often.
  17. NREMT Test

    congrats to you. and NEVER NEVER NEVER Let your national registry lapse for any period of time. I did and I regret it to this day. No way is this old fart going to go back and retake it, and thank god Missouri doesn't require grandfathered in medics to go back and get registry. I can still work in missouri at least until they get a wild hare and decide to make us all go and take the registry if grandfathered in. That will be the end of my having a missouri medic license.
  18. NREMT Test

    This post is for all of your potential EMT's PAramedic's who are discouraged because you have taken the test and didn't make it. I have been an Iowa Paramedic for 10 years, outside the state of Iowa I am an I-99. I have taken the NREMT Paramedic test 13 times total. I was to the point of that if I didn't pass before 3/31/18 I would lose my paramedic and go down to an AEMT losing half of my skills. I had tried everything you can think of I used Medic skills, EMT test prep, bought practice books for the test. Bought a book from the school that I got my BS degree in that was for the NREMT. My next to the last attempt was in Jan and failed. I studied contact Distance CME to enroll in their NREMT test prep program. I then scheduled the test for this past weekend. I tested on Sat. 17th. I didn't realize that I was testing on a holiday weekend so I was resigned to the long wait of waiting till Tuesday morning. I went I tested was cut off at around 80-85 questions just over an hour into the test. I was unsure how I felt coming out of the test but I felt pretty good going as the Distance CME class prepared me for the exam, During the exam, I felt like I had seen the questions before and I was pretty confident on the answers for the most part. I just out of curiosity checked the results yesterday morning. I was surprised to see that the results said exam scored. So the panic of the previous attempts had started to creep in again. I clicked on the results and to my surprise and relief, I passed. I wrote this to tell all of you that there is hope no matter how many attempts you have tried. I would highly recommend the Distance CME NREMT test prep program they have EMT and Paramedic level programs. I can now rest a little easier knowing that I have taken and passed the exam. Although I am not NREMT P I am a PM instead of a IA-P.
  19. Bariatric Patients

    If they have no desire to take care of themselves, there isn't much that you can do for them no matter how hard you try.
  20. Old folks Still here?

    Wow. Hadn't realized that it's been almost a year since I was here. The joy of daily life getting in the way.
  21. Old folks Still here?

    Well, at least some of you are still alive. I had to BUY a domain name, to get into an email, to use software.. and all of a sudden it starts populating with old email. And then I seen this place... and I was like, how the hell am I supposed to remember the password for that? Anyhoo.. Still have a pulse. Actually, every single time someone asks me how I am, I check my pulse and just stare at them.
  22. Two muffins are in the oven. One says, it's hot in here! The other says, whoa! A talking muffin!
  23. Stupid Joke

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

    I remember being able to go to the local pharmacy, tell em you needed Novahistine with codeine and they would sell you a bottle. I could do it on a daily basis if I watned to back when but I think the last time I was able to do that was in the early 1980's if not the 1970's. My parents would tell me to go get a bottle of novahistine and bring it home. I also remember a pharmacist at the local Bruce Smith Drugs who gave me 90 days worth of all my medications instead of just the script amount. To say it was not well regulated or watch-dogged is an understatement.
  25. The aggressive methamphetamine patient

    The biggest problem was that the register for codeine based products was not compulsory. There is a good argument for some OTC Codeine to be available, either in conjunction with Paracetamol or ibuprofen. When it was initially approved for OTC sale there was supposed to be the implementation of an online register to control who, when & how much was bought. The pharmacists then lobbied through the big pharma companies to water this down & it became a voluntary register. This simply meant, like with anything, the honest people who use it for legitimate purposes, bought what they needed & when with advice from the pharmacist. Those who wanted to abuse the system simply found those pharmacies who did not participate in the register & went from shop to shop to purchase. In reality this has not really changed anything. If anything the supply & use of Codeine will actually decrease with an increase in other presciption meds such as Endone (oxycodone hydrochloride) & Tramal (Tramadol) increasing & becoming the drug of choice. They are easy to get & people will Dr shop & have other get scripts for them. Codein, in the OTC meds was safe & very low dose (15mg per tablet). The decision by our highly intelligent lawmakers to change this, while restricting the use of medical cannabis, is questionalble & could be easily resolved by reintroducing a compulsory online register. If, as a pharmacy you choose not to participate, then you are not licenced to sell it. Easy.
  26. I did a couple of stand by's at junior high and High school football games, Was asked several times if I would give the return to play authorization and I refused. I told them that I was no where near qualfied to make that level of decision. Pissed the coaches off to no end and they usually would call the parent of the player down on the field and the parent would make the decision. Needless to say, they didn't come to me after I refused the 5th time. Not putting my license in jeopardy when that type of decision is WAY the hell out of my scope. The liability is just too great and any EMS system making these types of decisions are taking a HUGE risk. I know of a ems system that was stand by at a rodeo. A young boy was hit pretty hard by a medium sized bull, the medics said he should not be riding anymore and needed to get checked out but he and his parents just took him back to the trailer and had him lay down and rest. The family left him alone and went back to the rodeo. When they returned the young boy had died and I believe it was ruled as closed head injury or maybe a bleed.
  27. Sorry I am so late to respond to this topic but I just saw it and have a unique background. My first career was as an athletic trainer and I worked at the high school, university and professional football levels and I have maintained my license to this day. I am also a paramedic, registered nurse and certified registered nurse anesthetist so I can say with complete certainty that EMS providers of any level and registered nurses are NOT qualified to make return to play decisions. Every youth sports team should make provisions for medical care during practices and games and certainly cost is a factor but isn't the safety and well being of the athletes more important? Relying on parents that are health professionals is done frequently but it is not always a wise choice. You pay the officials so why don't you pay the health care provider? Paying a local EMT or paramedic to attend games is reasonable as long as you recognize you are only getting somebody who can intervene in life threatening conditions and access EMS more readily than calling 911. My service is paid to provide one EMT or paramedic for youth football games and who ever works takes one of our response vehicles and can immediately summon a medic unit if needed. Frequently, they treat minor orthopedic injuries with a splint of some sort and the parents transport to the DEM for evaluation after signing a refusal form. Easy gig that pays OT so there is competition for the shifts. EMS folks who work sporting events should always say no when asked to make return to play decisions because as soon as the coaches realize you will always say no, they will quit asking. The best way to provide medical care for sporting events on any level is to hire a licensed athletic trainer. Yes, I am biased. Spock May the tube be with you.
  28. Paramedic vs. Firefighter/Paramedic

    I'm not going to weigh in on this topic either way because although I have worked as a paramedic and a firefighter, I never had to depend upon either profession to pay the bills. That said, I almost peed myself laughing over the comments by Van. Troll to be sure but I did find it funny in a sarcastic sort of manner. Choose a profession that allows for growth and a new challenge every day otherwise you will wither and fade into the dust. Spock May the tube be with you.
  29. Bariatric Patients

    To add a little more into the mix, there were 2 of the most respected physicians(one was the patients own physician) on scene with us, they left their offices to come help us. And let me tell you, they were really big helps. (hope you read the sarcasm) Competing orders, trying to sign papers to get him transferred directly up to the city so those big city docs could take care of him but we weren't about to transport this guy to the city on a flatbed. In the end, he spent 3 miserable days in the ICU at our facility and finally passed.
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