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  1. Thanks for the ideas!! I was planing to bring my BP cuff and stethoscope. I'm trying to put "goodie" bags together for them and the 911 stickers are a great idea, along with some bandaids and masks, I think that will be great. The gauze is a great idea I think that will be alot of fun, I also like the heart monitor idea. Unfortunately I don't work for an ambulance company, I work in the ED as a tech so I'm not sure that the hospital will be willing to lend one out.
  2. I was asked to speak at my daughters preschool class for Career Day, I am pretty excited. My question is what should I bring them, of course some kiddie bandaids, maybe some masks but what else? Anybody have any ideas....remember these are 4 and 5 year olds
  3. Dust.....I do truly appreciate you advice and I know you know what you are talking about!! And yes if it did put so much stress on my relationship that I had to make the choice between my "dream" or my family of course I would choose my family each and every time. Your right, I wanted him to understand me but I wasn't giving him the same respect back by understanding where he was coming from. And now thankfully I think we have gotten past this issue.
  4. Thank you EMS wife for all your support and kind words. And thanks to the rest of you for your advice. Dust...I take my vows very seriously! And my husband knew this was what I have wanted to do before he married me. Now I'm sorry that you are so bitter towards this "meaningless job". I think you know alot about this profession and I have learned alot from reading your posts. You also helped me a great deal with my research paper and I appreciate that!! But I'm sure when you first started in EMS you were just as eager as us "newbies" are. As far as me changing careers I am a stay at home mother right now, and I bring in no income what so ever. So by doing this I am trying to better myself and my family not hurt it. I have told my husband to try and reach his goals, and now hopefully he will start and I will support him in what ever he chooses because I love him and what him to be happy. But why should I give up my dreams because he wants to be a big baby?? Now with this said, we have worked through our issues and he is very supportive of my schooling and doing what I need to do to start my career.
  5. Update: Well I made it threw the class. I have black and blue arms and hands..lol. I tried to remember what you all told me about puncturing the vein quickly, and I think that helped. I missed a few but I also got a few. I hope to start my clinical as soon as I get my State cert, it's taking forever. My problem is I don't want to hurt people and it was hard to stick people that I call friends. But my instructor gave me some good advice: think of this as the only shot you are gonna get to get this IV in and they absolutely need it. So anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all the advice. You guys are so helpful, and I love that you tell it like it is and don't sugar coat stuff.
  6. Well here's my take on it. I am a newly graduated EMT-B, and I am one of 10,900+ certified EMT-B's in the state of Colorado. I am having a hell of a time finding a job. So I have had to look into other things because I can't be accepted into Paramedic school until I have worked as a basic for two years, and the way things look I won't be finding a job for awhile. As far as pay goes, on of my instructors has been a EMT-I for the past 15 years, she has no desire to become a medic, and she makes about $11.oo an hour. So yes the pay sucks.
  7. emtek

    9 things I hate

    I don't know the source, I got it in a email.
  8. 9 Things I Hate 1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is? 2 People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the T.V. remote because they refuse to walk to the T.V. and change the channel manually. <3 When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Damn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it? 4 When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they? Gonna Kick their asses! 5When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the damn floor. 6 People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine? 7.When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new. 8When people say "life is short". What the hell?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer? 9 When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, dumbass?
  9. I'm taking an IV certification class. We start practicing on each other on Tuesday. I am kind of freaked out, I'm having a hard time thinking about having to stick people I know. Anyone have any tips on starting good IV's, I know they are gonna hurt but is there anything I can do to make it less painful.
  10. That night Egan's body was found at the side of the road outside Cordoba, shot once through the head and wrapped in a Montonero flag. So should I cancel my trip to Cordoba??
  11. That's explains me to the tee the person below me has at lest one cheesy ems t-shirt in their closet
  12. I know, I wish we could do more but they say there are so many EMT-B students, Paramedic students, nursing students that they say there's not enough room for us to do mare then one 12on the ambulance and one 8 in the ED. We were told that once everyone gets a chance we can sign up for more.
  13. Wow, I was upset because we only get to do one 12 on the ambulance and one 8 in the ED. I cant believe you dont do any at all.
  14. Thank you all for the good advice. We did sit down the other night and I asked him why he didn't like the idea of me becoming a EMT. And finally he admitted that he feels like he has had to go to a job that he doesn't really like to support his family. He said he doesn't get to follow his "dream" like I am doing because he has to put food on the table and a roof over our head. So I guess in a way he is jealous, I think he also thinks that I wont have time for him anymore.
  15. I am taking EMT-B classes. My husband is supportive, but he does make little comments like" why do you want to do that, you don't get paid crap" .I try to tell him people don't get into EMS to become rich, we do it because it's a passion. He also makes comments about all the hours that I'll be working. Does anyone have any advice on how I can make him understand?
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