Thursday, January 1, 2009

In With The Old, Out With The New...

... ending the year with style...
1833- Dispatched with the police for an unresponsive 40 year old, possible drug overdose. We arrived to find an old friend curled up in a puddle of water- the old junkie household remedy courtesy of the live in junkie girl friend- dump cold water or ice on the "victim". Our patient was responsive but largely incoherent and unable to care for himself. The girlfriend wasn't much help in putting together a history- junkies all lie, all the time- no need for fairy tales, you treat what you see and, well- off to the ER we go.
Not much of a story, I know. You guys treat junkie overdoses everyday. The only thing that stood out- this was the third time in the last five days I've treated this knucklehead for the same thing, the exact same thing... and we found the girl slumped over a garbage can in an alley two weeks ago. Whacked out, covered in piss, spit and vomit. Junkie family values.
1949- Dispatched for an 85 year old female with chest pain and shortness of breath. On scene we re-united with another old friend. Mary Lou didn't have chest pain and she wasn't short of breath- she was just "really, really upset" that she had fallen behind on her housework because of the holidays. Mary Lou just wanted a "check-up"- we talked her into a nice New Years Eve ride to the Emergency Room. Why you ask? Well, she's 85 and I know if she dies in the next month or so everyone will say "But the paramedics were just here and said she was all right..."
... Almost shift change- we're having a real morale problem here- you never know if your relief will call off at the last minute or walk in late. I've had to institute the 5 minute rule- I give my relief five minutes, if they aren't in here by then I swipe my card and leave. Hey, management created this monster, they can waddle out to the trucks and cover the area.
Happy New Year...

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