This is the story of Fred, the Anxiety Worm. Hi. I’m Fred. He came to my friend in a dream, and he has helped her visualize how she experiences anxiety. She has given permission to share this wonderful parable. To … Continue reading Fred the Anxiety Worm
Smells are tied to emotion and memory; they can elicit strong reactions and make us remember long forgotten moments. At work today, it hit me that the smells of hospitals and nursing homes are now routine to me. Here is … Continue reading This OlFactory
Sometimes I have moments of clarity on the job, and sometimes I have moments of clairvoyance. I see myself as a patient with a serious illness. In my case, it will probably be my kidneys, or Parkinson’s. I can look … Continue reading I Can See the Future
After I read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder in 2007, I knew that my life would be different. Awakened in me was a newfound ambition, something I had never really had before. Finally, everything I felt about the world, … Continue reading The Medical Reader’s Miscellany
Service and charity are very important to me. i feel that we should all share what we have with those less fortunate, with our fellow humans. No matter if that’s $5 once in a while, $30/month, or a bequest of … Continue reading My Favorite Charities
Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I decided to become a vegetarian. Not ideal timing, to be sure, as my mother pointed out, sighing. So I caved for that one day, as any good daughter would, but over the next month I slowly … Continue reading Beef. It’s what’s (not) for dinner.
We humans really are not very smart when it comes to our bodies. Even educated people, people who devote their lives to the study of health, medicine, and nutrition make poor choices about their own bodies. It’s still astonishing to me how many doctors, nurses, and EMTs smoke and how poorly they eat. But many in these professions can do it; they make sacrifices elsewhere in their schedules and reprioritize things in order to make room for healthy lifestyle habits. I am currently struggling with this. BUT… it never occurred to me that my patient’s poor choices would shock me. Some of my patients are in line to win a Darwin award one day. Of course I don’t lecture them, I don’t shake them. I point out the logical better options, take care of them, and get them to the hospital because that’s my job. Then I come home and blog about it. Continue reading Stupid Humans
Today was my first day on a truck (ambulance)! For the first 40 hours, I am still in training and will be paired with 2 EMTs, one of them will be a trained preceptor. My partners today were great–so helpful, patient, and eager to teach and answer all my questions. I learned that it is much harder to get vitals in a moving vehicle (especially a speeding truck over pot-holed Boston roads) than it is in a quiet, calm classroom setting! Every health care provider can remember their first patient. My very first call was a memorable one, even for my experienced FTO. I learned so much today, and I went on other interesting calls, but this one will always stick with me. Continue reading First Day on the Truck
Many people (hospital staff included) do not entirely understand the difference between a paramedic (often called medics), an EMT, and a first responder. I never thought about it before my class, but now I am fielding a lot of questions … Continue reading I’m not “just” an EMT.