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  1. Had a great Christmas with my brother, sister-in-law and 2 nieces. NOT looking foward to the 30 hour bus ride home tomorrow. I do believe next time I will take a plane. Hope everyone else had a good and safe Christmas.

  2. 16 hrs left. I do believe i should have reconsidered my travel options, lol.

  3. T minus 12 hrs and 47 min will be on a greyhound bound for MI. Can't wait!!

  4. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

  5. What the heck have I gotten myself into???!!!

  6. I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I"M A (unofficial) PARAMEDIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I passed my NREMT-P test yesterday!! I have been taught to be a paramedic, no to go learn how to be one. But first, time to PARTY!
  8. NREMT written in 15 hours, wish me luck! Good luck to everyone else tesing tomorrow as well.

    1. tcripp


      fracture a femur!

  9. NREMT written test scheduled for Monday. Hopefully be an unofficial paramedic that night or Tuesday!

    1. medicgirl05


      Good luck to you!

  10. Passed my practicals!!!

    1. BoCat9


      Most definately

    2. Lone Star

      Lone Star


      Now don't go forgetting it all before I get a chance to pick your brains when I get back into medic class!

    3. uglyEMT


      congrats. another assest coming into the field.

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  11. Passed my practicals! I only had to re-do static cardiology. Now to schedule my written test, hopefully I'll take it on Monday.
  12. All arrhythmias straighten themselves out in the end (ECG V Tach- Asystole) All bleeding stops... eventually.
  13. 32 hours and counting until Paramedic practicals. Please keep the Pee Dee Regional EMS students in your thoughts as we go to test.

    1. PCP


      Good luck! Practicals are always stressful, just follow your protocols and dont over think a scenario. Oh ya, remember to breathe!!

    2. Lone Star

      Lone Star

      Proctors aren't there to fail you.

      Relax, breathe and rely on your education.

      Don't overthink and don't read too much into the question.

  14. R.I.P. Shirley D. You will be missed.

  15. Awesome, sounds like something my parents would do
  16. Passed my final test in my medic class with a 98!! Congrats to all of my classmates. Its b€n a long road, but only a couple more steps to go and we are at our goal. Thanks Jason and all our other preceptors for your time and willingness to help.

    1. Lone Star

      Lone Star

      Congrats Bo-tender Cat!

      You've successfully secured a place in the club of the brains I'm gonna pick apart when I get back into medic class!

    2. penguin_pong
  17. I passed my final test in my class with a 98%!! Practicals on Wednesday and the national registry written test a couple days after that. WooHoo!! :thumbsup:
  18. Happy Thanksgiving all, hope it's a good and safe one.

  19. "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

  20. Oh yeah, I understand that. I guess I should have really worded that a little differently. I know people who don't even try to auscultate a BP. They either don't do one or they just use palpation.
  21. There is a video of one of my fellow students singing it, but can't get it to save... Written by a fellow medic school classmate.
  22. Finally bought tickets for my vacation during Christmas. Can't wait for the 19th to go to Michigan!!

  23. One way I learned in my basic class was to start out like you are going to palpate the BP. With your fingers on the radial pulse, pump the cuff up until you no longer feel a radial pulse, then pump about 10-15 mmHg higher, so you don't miss the first beat. Then put the bell of the stethoscope on the crook of the arm and release slowly. If you feel like you missed one of the beats, make sure you let the air out of the cuff before you pump it back up. Also, make sure it is quiet in the back of the unit when you are taking a blood pressure. Some types of patients have a BP that is very difficult to obtain, i.e. dialysis patients. Palpating a BP is acceptable, but should be used as a last resort. When auscultating lung sounds, I usually place the stethoscope right below the clavicle for the top lobes and right below the 5th or 6th ribs on the mid-axillary line for the bottom lobes, pretty much where I would listen to verify placement of an ET tube.
  24. Ok so maybe sweet tea isnt the best choice of beverage before going to bed...

  25. May be in the market for a new phone. Touch screen won't work, resetting the stupid thing didn't work and can't do anything that involves me typing in stuff. Grrr...

    1. Lone Star

      Lone Star

      One of the many reasons I'm glad I don't HAVE to have one of those phones that text, surf the web, etc!

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