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  1. Damn Kiwi. The force is strong with you. I just happened to be sitting here bored and for some reason, this site popped into my head and I figured I would check it out. What are the chances that you were here less than 2 weeks ago and then Fire and now me? Are you going to summon Dust back from the grave next? Glad to hear things are going well for you.
  2. That must have been some scary stuff. I can't image being 18 and jumping out there. There is a reason they are the Greatest Generation.
  3. I can't answer your question, sorry, but I do want to say congratulations!. They're sending patches now too?
  4. WTF? Back on Long Island we got a lot of motorcycle MVAs and that is where all of my transections came from. I think in 3 years of residency I saw 5-8 of them. I think I have seen one since.
  5. We called them badge bunnies back east. They always wanted FD and PD, never EMS.
  6. I'm guessing that it was your loving and caring welcome.
  7. <starts filling out application to LVFD>
  8. I've seen several transected cords that, well, weren't walking anywhere, but yeah, I've seen some ugly spine injuries come in through the waiting room.
  9. ERDoc

    LT 1

    It's very possible that the person you are looking for changed their screen name. I vaguely remember someone with that name. Ruff, at what point does free speech end and misinformation begin (ie Bill Maher and vaccines)?
  10. It's funny how things change. In my days, early to mid 90s, long boards and c collars were gospel. We drilled on standing take downs constantly. Then again, MAST pants were still in use also. Look at us now.
  11. I would tell my younger self to stay away from medicine, but if he won't listen, then yes, go to med school.
  12. ERDoc

    LT 1

    We all say and do stupid things when we are young. Lucky for me the internet didn't exist back then. No worries, welcome back.
  13. According to Dr. Press-Ganey you are correct.
  14. PNES signs? Like Throckmorton's? Now that I got the childish urge out of the way, on to the OP. I'm not sure what you meant by saying that doctors are supposed to treat every seizure pt like they are having a real seizure. We treat pts based on history, exam and experience. Some people are faking and easy to spot, "I'm still seizing and need 20mg of Valium to stop!" PNES are not fake, they are a true psychological response to a stressful stimuli. Without more details from the OP it's hard to know what else to say.
  15. For someone with presumably no emergency vehicle experience, he didn't do too bad driving.
  16. Follow your local protocols.
  17. Good luck and looking forward to hearing the details.
  18. ERDoc

    Syrian Attack

    I think it is appropriate to discuss. No, it's not EMS related but that is why admin set up a non-EMS thread. Now, if someone can't discuss politics and keep it at an adult level of behavior, maybe that person shouldn't be here.
  19. Count me in. I'll put my EMS hat back on.
  20. I honestly have no idea about the training/education/pay it takes but have you looked into EKG tech or phlebotomist? No offense but better planning in the future would go a long way.
  21. This is a hard question to answer since every place does it differently. Let's start with where you are located. In high school, focus on graduating and taking science and math classes. In some places, EMS is college level and in some places it is not. Good college classes to take are anatomy and physiology, math, English.
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