Monday, November 12, 2007

Medics.. Does it get better?

Paramedic school is killing me. I don't mean the course work or anything, my class average is in the high 90's. I'm talking about the time commitment.

Work 80-100 hours a week. Class room 10 hours a week, then as many clinical hours you can cram in there. Plus the fact that I'm a single daddy with 2 children! It just seems to be "too much" at times.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, we will be done in May. May doesn't seem that far away now.

Things are still good at work. For those of you who don't know I got a promotion about a year ago, thats primarily why I haven't been writing as much as I used to. There is just so much to get done in a day's time that I rarely have the time to just sit and reflect on runs like I used to do. It seems as soon as I get the run completed we turn around and run on another one. My down time is just used now to complete paperwork, and try to sleep while I can.

Some of you have sent e-mails asking about my "love life"... HEHHEHE....

Well I have never been one to "kiss and tell" but lets just say that I have met someone but it will be some time before we can be together. She is wonderful, so I'll wait. Now enough e-mails about stuff like that. This is supposed to be primarily an EMS blog... no need to digress.

So now it's time for a little game. Please observe the following scenario and leave a comment if you are so inclined:

You are doing clinical rounds in the ER. A call comes in from a local squad and the report is as follows. "We are en route to your facility with a 20 year old female. Pt is complaining of severe abdominal pain 8/10. Pt was seen at a neighboring ER 2 days prior for same symptoms, given Cipro with a diagnoses of UTI. Pt has taken 1. Vitals are P-120 R-26 BP 148/88 SPO2 98% on room air. Pt is guarding abdomen . ETA to you 8 minutes.

On arrival pt writhing in pain, Vitals established WNL, nursed asked for urine sample. Urine cloudy with lots of floaters.

What do you think? (Besides the obvious)

Take care guys. I'll write more as soon as time permits.

2 comments:

FireResQGuru said...

Hang in there! It's hard as hell. Years ago I was in the same boat. I was going to school full-time during the day, a single dad to a toddler, and working EMS at night. It got hairy there for a while. You can do it, keep up the good work. It pays off in the end!

Anonymous said...

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