Arrrgh. The Backache Fairy left me something lumbar this morning, into which I've
been pouring ibuprofen. At this EST hour I've been washing the IP down with CRW
and the pain's beginning to subside. I have no firm idea as to what I did to deserve
this, e.g. patient lift, etc. It's one of them there EMS mysteries.
As may be, I have an 09:00 to 21:00 shift tomorrow with the transports, then an
evening with OWL volunteers and hopefully, unlike last week, some 911 calls... I
mean really, there are people in distress, lemme help 'em for gossakes.
After which I pick up a Tuesday 09:00 to 21:00.
It's almost like a 24...
One aspect of EMS to which I've given a little thought lately is its expressions.
That is to say, "How can I better tell my non-EMS spouse, or anyone else, about:
See the problem? When we say "really great MVA" we actually mean "the
car accident where quick and correct decisions, technical expertise, and lots if
not all of our training coming into play, with a bit of luck, made a positive difference
in the patient outcome."
"Funny suicide?" Sure, we get 'em. The person who decides to end it all
by taking everything in the medicine cabinet - which consists of an entire bottle
of Flintstones vitamins and two bottles of Ipecac to wash the pills down. Now, there's
nothing at all funny about the fact that the person has a problem, is trying to
do themselves in, etc. But, as one of my younger classmates might put it, "Dude,
"Really great MVA", like "hilarious suicide", is much quicker
to say. It's just that if you happen to be telling that war story while waiting
in line, or at a restaurant, bystanders will Look At You Sideways.
Apologies - this site is going through some face lifting. I should figure out the
final form shortly. Thanks for your patience!
"Yeah, it's quiet. A little too quiet."
According to City
Data, Woodbridge VA had a (year 2000) population of 31,941
souls, none of whom required 911 assistance Tuesday night.
Which is of course a good thing.
"Wait a sec... my Medic Sense is tingling!": Is there such a phenomena
in EMS as the "quiet before the storm", or was Tuesday a statistical occurrence?
Certainly it has happened before that we didn't turn a wheel on duty, but such evenings
are rare. And how could it be, that so many people would individually know nothing
of an impending MCI, yet collectively refrain from invoking the 911 system? That
bit just doesn't make sense, and so, no storm may be predicted...
That's part of the allure, of course. In EMS one never knows what's coming next,
yet we've got to be prepared for it anyway. Including, I suppose, the always totally
unexpected event of no event at all.