And Drama Doc is BACK! I’ve been busy these last few weeks focusing on finishing up my third rider time, where I observed and assisted a team of EMTs. I finally started my proper job as a second rider, where I work as a “junior rider”and do most of the tech (hands on with patients) work with a more experienced “senior rider” helping out and making sure I don’t miss anything. I’ve seen a lot that I’ve wanted to write about!
At the end of every shift I always think about all the firsts I’ve had that day. Everything is so new, so most calls are a learning experience, especially the emergency calls. Here’s my list of firsts, as it stands today:
Sudden Death (see previous post)
CPR- assisted ALS (paramedics)
Falls (lots of these)
MVA (motor vehicle accident)
Asthma (kind of)
Insulting & Non-compliant Patients
Vomiting (on my shoes)
MRSA & CDiff (very contagious “hospital diseases”)
Pregnant with contractions
CHF (congestive heart failure)
Dialysis (very routine transfer)
There is still SO much that I haven’t seen or done, yet. I still both look forward to and dread 911 calls, since you’re walking into the unknown. I usually finish those calls with an immense sense of satisfaction, though, knowing I was helpful.