Saw this billboard on the way to work today. LOVE IT!!! I’m still like a little kid when I see an ambulance or fire truck. It inspired me to Google “texting while driving,” (while in a house,not my car) and … Continue reading Distracted Driving
These are the words I have uttered time and again to patients who do not want to go to the hospital, despite being in distress. In my head I’m thinking “get on the damn stretcher before you code, you fool!” … Continue reading I’ll just wait until you pass out…
1. We wear hot uniforms. So hot that we melt in the summer. 2. We pick you up. Like every good date, we meet you at your house and carry your bags. And then pick you up and carry you … Continue reading 20 Reasons Why EMTs are Sexy
I live and work in an area with many bicyclists. I even ride my bike in the city streets from time to time. As a driver, I am safe, courteous, attentive, and not opposed to sharing the road… IF certain … Continue reading 9 Things Bicyclists Need to Know
Yesterday, you learned part of my origin story. Today I share with you the recent discovery of one of my superpowers. I was caught off guard when a seemingly ordinary assignment at work led to such a revelation, but now … Continue reading My Surprise Superpower
Can identify sirens down to the type of truck they’re on, and always have a comment about how the driver is using them. Appreciate people with good veins, and compliment them. DO “Run on Dunkin’.” Get confused when people talk about … Continue reading You Know You’re an EMT If You…
Have you ever seen police or EMTs carrying around little laptops? They’re called “toughbooks,” and they’re used for documentation by many groups, including the military. Understandably, EMS is regulated by the government, and has to answer to many different systems: administrative, medical, … Continue reading Document the S#*T Out of Every Call
Dr. House is quite right. EVERYBODY LIES Patients usually lie because they are: * embarrassed * ill-educated about their health conditions * scared Science usually prevails, in the end. Medical professionals can often coax the truth out of patients, but testing … Continue reading Everybody Lies. Especially idiots.
When working a job that is so manic, with drastic highs and lows spaced out by long periods of boredom, I’ve found that having a few things to look forward helps quite a bit. Here are a few of my … Continue reading Things That Make My Day
This is the story of my scariest day as an EMT, so far. I was about two months into second rider time, so I was still pretty nervous whenever those radio tones went off indicating a 911 call. My partner and I … Continue reading Trial By Fire
Sometimes you just have to laugh at people. My patients are very often hilarious. In the spirit of one of my favorite bloggers, Doctor Grumpy, I will begin to share these moments with you, dear readers. Lucky, lucky you. Mr. Late: … Continue reading My Ridiculous Patients
Empty your pockets. What do you find? My work uniform is cargo pants and a shirt with roomy pockets, so I stuff all my pockets with what I need on a call that isn’t in one of the on scene bags. … Continue reading The Things She Carries
Here is the first case presentation. Please post your differential diagnosis, and your best guess! Good luck! CASE 1: Patient (Pt) is a 28 y/o male who presents to ER accompanied by roommate approx 28 days status post bite of unknown origin. … Continue reading A case worthy of Dr. House
Every field has inside jokes and shares a shorthand slang. The medical field is no exception. Many of them stem from the dark humor that is a coping mechanism. They might sound harsh, but it helps us get through the tough calls. … Continue reading Medical Slang Dictionary
One of my partners has been letting me drive the ambulances! We have two types of trucks that we use in our company, and I’ve driven both. The Type II ambulance is similar to a van, while a Type III … Continue reading Keep On Truckin
And Drama Doc is BACK! I’ve been busy these last few weeks focusing on finishing up my third rider time, and starting my proper job as a second rider. 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. Continue reading A List of Firsts
Things I’ve learned so far:
1. Your partner can make or break your day.
2. I am braver than I thought.
3. I shouldn’t tell my friends stories from work.
4. Nursing homes are either really sad or really swanky.
5. Staying healthy in this job will be a challenge. Continue reading Things I’ve learned so far
I’ve noticed that I am now in a male-dominated profession. I am looking forward to talking to the other female EMTs, though, to hear their perspective on the field of emergency medicine, and how they navigate and work in such a testosterone-filled occupation. Case in point: uniforms. I am telling you: there is a killing to be made in the design and production of female public service uniforms! You heard it here first. Continue reading Women Save Lives, Too