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  2. I'm doing okay, could be better but could be worse..
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  4. I went into it feeling over confident I think, I FELT really prepared with my knowledge of materials, but I guess that theory was proven false. I usually do so good on tests, and every test in my EMS course I felt surprised by how well I did, I had to wrestle through a lot of self doubt, but at the end, I felt a lot more ready for this test. But I was totally caught off guard with how this test seemed totally bizarre and totally unexpected in how it was phrased and how some questions seemed to clash with each other for the top pick, 'correct' answer. I used EMS Prep and a lot of online "NREMT Practice Tests" as study resources and seemed to be doing really well there, but those resources felt totally incompatible with the actual test material. So if anyone can clarify this for me, My understanding after leaving the test is, we're supposed to apply flat text book answers to these scenarios where in real world scenarios we'd likely do it a lot differently? If that's the case, I'll try to mesh with the tests mindset better next time. Also saw A LOT of myths and theories floating around, so in the off chance someone gets convinced by those, just know I already tried them and they're false if I'm any indication. I heard if the last question you answer is correct then you passed. I know my last 3 questions were correct, and I failed. I do believe you can pass at 120, so I don't think that has any bearing on my own failure. But things like checking your results early by trying to 'create new application' on the NREMT website and it not letting you meaning you passed, that is totally false. I tried that and it didn't let me, and here we are. I will say that I don't recommend the home test, it was an anxiety filled experience and it kinda sucked having the same time to finish 120 questions as people that were less likely to go the distance in the adaptive. I just wanted to share my experience, It really sucked to work so hard to get an L in the end, but I'm committed to my own improvement and am seeing this as a detour, not my final destination, so I'd really appreciate if you guys were gracious with me, I do feel like a sufficient amount of **** and don't need any more today haha my plate is already full tbh. But I do really want your guy's input and comments on what I've said, even any tips or recommendations from your own experiences could be very helpful to me. Thanks for reading my spiel.
  5. Hey, Im a 19 year old 3 months into my accelerated course after a semester of university, since I’ll only be 20 when starting the job and many of you have detested medics my age what would you like too see in the younger medics. I want to be an asset, any advice?
  6. A few years ago, several of our Australian and/or New Zealand members were involved in a major wildfire in Australia, that lasted for weeks. My question is, did the smoke cause orange skies and major air pollution reports downwind from the fires, hundreds of miles/kilometers away like the North Eastern United States is now being subjected to? I only ask, as for the roughly last 48 hours, my New York City is having the worst unhealthy air pollution we've had, since 1965-1966. Sky literally is orange, and overall visibility extremely reduced.
  7. if you are a FDNY member you can get a free account on fdnypro.org and buy a dvd for $15.00 or paper for $50. You need to use your shield number to register and they verify it.
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  9. I got my fire card in June of 1989, and my EMT-A in June of 1990. I got my medic card in June of 1996. I did 911 in various places until 2016, and then had to switch to the privates because I couldn't find a 911 position anymore. I was too old for the FD's, or the privates that did 911 paid squat. I'll turn 60 in June. My back has finally decided that it only has a certain number of lifts into the back of the squad left. Unfortunately, I don't know what that number is. I've heard people talk about something along the lines of not letting their job identify who or what they are. But what about us? What else is there to do? Teach? Easy, but the schools are already overflowing with instructors. Work in an ER? I just got my social security statement. I have to work until I turn 67 to receive my maximum benefits. What do you do to keep the money flowing in to pay your bills these days? Am I really something more that a medic? Discuss.
  10. I haven't been around in forever. I have to admit, I was cleaning up my email account that I rarely use anymore, and saw a notification for this post. I'm so sorry. Leaving EMS is hard. It's not just a job - it's a part of your personality. I have no words of wisdom, except take time for you. You'll figure out where you want and need to be. And if you end up travelling in western Canada, give me a shout! Take care.
  11. The private that I work for is switching programs again. This time we are switching to "Okta" and "Traumasoft." Anyone use these? What are they like? Any info greatly appreciated.
  12. AK, I'll admit, I haven't been around nearly as much as I used to be, but each and every one of my friends here is very special to me. I can totally relate to the situation you're in, as I continually wrestle with the same conundrum each renewal cycle. My COPD isn't going to get any better and it's getting harder and harder to hump gear. Please know that you've been instrumental in the shaping of many careers, and at the same time, sent a bunch of 'hacks and quacks' packing back to the locker room. Remember that even if you do let the EMT-P license go, you've got a lot of friends here, and your knowledge of our craft will always be invaluable. Besides, where would some of these 'wet behind the ears, know nothing, snot nosed EMT's be without 'Old Road Dogs' like us, whacking them with our canes once in a while?
  13. Sorry. For some reason, I wasn't getting any notifications. Thanks. Taken care of. 👍
  14. Damn. That really sucks. What is preventing your bicep from fully recovering? The extent of the injury? Age? Is it limiting you from doing stuff off duty for everyday normal life? I can't even imagine what I would do.
  15. The time has come, and admittedly it has been with extreme mixed emotions, confusion, and moments of "lost identity".As of 12/31/2022, for the first time since 1993, I no longer hold an active EMS License. It's over. I opted to not renew my licenses. I knew this day would come; however, I always expected it to be on my terms. In December of 2019, I suffered a catastrophic work-related injury. I tore my right biceps tendon, and I have not been the same since.I was lifting an obese, right BKA being discharged from hospital. This was not even a scene call!! I had just dropped off a patient and was assisting the small town ER with a discharge, "please help get this woman into her car". She was very non-cooperative, there were other ongoing things at same time, end result ultimately was she flopped against me during a lift, and my right arm went instantly flaccid then began excruciating pain. I have had surgical consults, I have done PT, I have reached maximum point of healing, and I was not cleared to do what I have done my entire adult life. I continued to complete CEUs, refusing to accept what was. It took me many, many months of reflection to finally just accept it, and let it go. Thankfully, I have my RN to fall back on, with other side ventures, however the one thing I have identified with the most, the one thing I have done my entire adult life, the one thing that has taken me to places I never could have imagined, has now been snatched from me.30 years of EMS.I no longer can say "I'm just a Medic". I have been avoiding this site intentionally for quite a while, for so many reasons. This site is and always will be very special to me. The many years I spent as a contributor, it helped me grow, change, and become a better person and a better provider. Over the years, I have made so many friends via this site. I literally have met dozens of its members all across the US and some of them abroad. Due to my years of traveling, this was easy to accomplish, and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I think, unless something has changed, that I also hosted the one and only EMT City Annual Meetup. LOL@ Annual. This site has allowed me to forge so many friendships, both virtual and in person. Several of you became co-workers, some of you became employees when I started my business, some of you are just genuine friends, and of course one in particular person was very special to me. She was kind, intelligent, funny, and just an all-around amazing human being whom I think of often. Though many of these relationships have come and gone, there are several which I believe will simply be lifelong. This site has been amazing in the sense that I have been allowed to be part of so many people pursuing their advancement in EMS, careers outside EMS, love, marriage, kids, illness, and yes, death. It always seems "too soon", when some of our members, my friends, die. However, this and all I mentioned are part of life. Being a Paramedic led me to this site, and this site led me to so many amazing adventures and relationships. So yes, I do become a bit over emotional when I visit this site, when I see old names, when I reminisce while reading old posts. This site has been significant to my life, mostly because I have had so many relationships expand beyond the keyboard. I am unsure where my journeys will take me next, unsure if I want to even visit EMS sites (just an emotional process, especially this one), however I do hope to continue visiting here and contributing more. We shall see what comes. I will try to not sound like the old fart sitting on the porch, telling the kids to get off my lawn, while simultaneously telling everyone how it used to be and how "back in my day..."
  16. Peek a Boo...I lurk here and there.
  17. Looks like no one has replied to this for a while. I have no idea what my login was way back when but I think I was known as "focus911"? anyways here I am.
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