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  1. Drako is a big scary dog. He is a pit bull / rottweiler mix and he is big and strong and scary looking. He came into my life about 7 or 8 years ago when he was rescued, with another smaller pit, from an abusive situation. He was going to live with my daughter and her family. I happened to be in town when he arrived. I spent a few hours with the dog in my daughter's house and put my foot down. I explained that he was going to hurt someone in that family. Her chaotic, dynamic family was not the right place for Drakeo. We immediately thought of my brother. He lived alone in an A frame that he ha
  2. I'm just exploding with excitement and I want to share it with the world! View the full blog
  3. In his stories, he was always the hero. It was an open secret that he was a fabulist. My father said his brother Leo was the same way, like it was some genetic trait. (In a way it was. Uncle Leo once told me a story about his sister Aunt Liisa straining at the potty and prolapsing feet of large intestine. My uncle Leo laughed like it was the funniest thing ever)<br /> <br />My brother's stories embarrassed me. I tried to stop him from talking when we were with friends. I didn't want him (and me) exposed to their ridicule. He resented this forever. He told me in a drunken an
  4. I thought that I would write about my brother.<br /> <br />He was an affectionate little boy. There is a picture of us about age two where he is hugging me. The look on his face is pure joy; on mine - impatient toleration. My mother says that he was always trying to hug me and I was always pushing him away. When I actually let him hug me, they took a picture because it was so rare.<br /> <br />He did not socialize well with others. I was always on the go, learning languages from my neighbors. He was in a corner, playing with a truck. He once told me that he wante
  5. It seems I no longer have anything of value to add here since I am so far removed from the field these days. It seems everything I post or add gets shot down by one person or another. I've tried to be a contributing member of this forum for the past 6-7 years but I don't think I bring anything to the table anymore. It's probably time for me to take a break while I finish nursing school and once I get some experience in that field maybe I'll be back. I'm tired of contributing and asking questions to just get shot down. My life is stressful enough right now with NCLEX and finals coming up,
  6. Perhaps we always have been. Perhaps that's the way of the world. Nail somebody or something on a technicality and we don't have to extend ourselves as human beings. We don't have to see the subtleties of the situation or the person or the event. We can hang a label on it and then we don't have to think any more. We can sleep at night knowing that we did what the right thing. Or can we? Do we sleep? Or does the wrong we have done nag us with insomnia, sleeplessness and vague disquiet?<br /> <br />If we have pangs of conscience, troubling thoughts about what we did, do we ki
  7. So here I sit spinning around in my own little world, waiting for some cheese and bread for my wine. No my whine. It will be my last post because obviously there is nothing in the last 3 that has made anyone offer any words. No slap upside the head, no you deserve what you've been dealt, etc etc. I posted in hopes of finding out if anyone could put their virtual arm around me and tell me it would be ok, that it would get better. Study more, try harder, give it up. Your employer sounds like a moron would have been awesome. I did some research and I found evidence that other EMS agencies
  8. I have been trying to explain to my husband what's going on with my job and I find myself almost incredulous that I let it go this far. I don't want to hang out all the dirty laundry, so I'm thinking deep inside I do want to stay in EMS. I made a mistake. After months of a schedule that required 40-48 hours straight, no breaks, long distance transfers and high stress calls, I made repeated attempts to change the schedule, me bringing up repeated safety concerns, such as EMT's driving 90 while texting, an EMT having a seizure on the job and being allowed back to work a week later, I made a
  9. It took me 18 days to realize my bad month was going to screw up the Christmas of people I know and love. The hardest thing in the world was to let go of being mad and feeling betrayed and also totally responsible for the entire situation and say, Move on. Just like when your buddy separates or gets divorced or whatever event now makes continued miserable... View the full blog
  10. I should have started a blog here a long time ago. Maybe back in March when I started having problems. I don't know what happened or where things went wrong, but here on sit, all broken hearted all because I (fill in the blank). Remembered that old kids rhyme for some reason. To start at the end and work backwards for a second, I am in all practical... View the full blog
  11. FIREFIGHTERS were called to a car on fire in Warwickshire on Sunday night. <P> The vehicle on reported to be ablaze in Coughton Fields Lane, Coughton, at 8.45pm. <P> One crew attended from Alcester along with police. <P> Firefighters took 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. <P> © 2012 Coventry Evening Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.<P>A service of YellowBrix, Inc. View the full article
  12. A FIRE took hold in the basement of a Leamington home yesterday. <P> Two fire crews were sent to the incident at the four-storey property in Lillington Road at 5.10am. The fire was believed to have started in a small amount of rubbish. <P> Firefighters took an hour to put out the flames. <P> © 2012 Coventry Evening Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.<P>A service of YellowBrix, Inc. View the full article
  13. POLICE were last night probing the "unexplained" death of a teenage girl after a Midland house fire. <P> The girl was pronounced dead after firefighters were called to a fire at a property in Bagley Marsh, near Ellesmere, Shropshire, late on Saturday. <P> A spokesman for West Mercia Police said the emergency services were called at around 11.30pm to reports of a fire in a bedroom. <P> The police spokesman said: "Officers from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service found a teenager inside. Paramedics delivered first aid but were unable to revive her and she was declared dead at th
  14. By Kari Bray, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. <P> Dec. 15--Portland firefighters rescued a dog from the burning home of a man who was earlier Tased by police after blocking firefighters from the home with a sword and shield. <P> After the 69-year-old man -- who stood on the porch waving a sword and shouting incoherently -- was removed from the scene, firefighters were able to control the blaze. The damage is estimated at about $40,000 but was limited to the one house at 7827 N. Hodge Ave. <P> Firefighters retrieved a dog from the house. The animal was suffering from smoke i
  15. By Lauren Sage Reinlie, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach <P> Dec. 17--SHALIMAR -- The home of an Ocean City-Wright firefighter was almost destroyed in a large fire Saturday night. <P> Battalion Chief Scott Funchess had just returned from the fire department's Christmas party and was watching television with his two daughters when they heard a loud noise outside about 10 p.m., according to the fire department. <P> When Funchess went outside he found his truck in flames. He tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose, but it was moving too fast. It quickly
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