Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pedro, The President and the Special Olympics

... Let me just say- I make a living speaking extemporaneously- it's hard, but hey- don't be a stupid ass... 

I'm here today as a health care provider with a Downs Syndrome Child in our extended family- I love him just like... well, just like a kid who grew up to be the President of the United States...

If Barack Obama wants to make light of his shortcomings, perhaps he could compare himself to his predecessor... 

... and I suspect our Special Olympians would do a bit better in all things if the quality of health care was a little better here in the USA 

... and as always- I'm sorry to jump into the discussion late- but, have you folks looked at my schedule lately?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Don't Worry Baby

Hey, this video has it all- cool music, a lefty Tele and- is that a Danelectro Hildago's playin' man? Damn right it is...
Don't worry baby...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dealing With Stress in EMS

... the super short course...
I've been working with a medic student lately- she does ok, but doesn't have a lot of EMS experience- so there are questions...
One question that came up had to do with EMS on-the-job stress- most folks assume that medics get stressed over broken, bloody, diseased bodies or some other horrible event out in the field. The truth is the single most stressful part of my day is dealing with the toxic, poisoned work environment that our management has created- yup- I am saying flat out it is way more stressful to be in the station than out on an EMS call.
So what is a paramedic to do? Well, some of my colleagues have chosen to get out- not a bad course of action I guess.
Me, right now I love my job- I'm really quite good at it- but I'm not going to let it kill me.
So here's my advice on how to cope:
  • Don't get involved in the petty stuff- it never ends and the little stuff is the big stuff to management because they don't know any better
  • Leave home at home and work at work
  • Exercise
  • SLEEP!- set time aside to sleep. I'm starting a 16 on 8 off cycle- when it's done I'm going to sleep- do not wake me up
  • Minimize or eliminate drugs and drink- the time spent under the influence is not restorative
  • Invest in yourself- become super good at your job. That makes everything so much easier and it makes you so much harder to mess with

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pedro the Paramedics Rules of the Road III

More super easy stuff you should have learned in grade school- but for some reason didn't...
  • Walk FACING traffic, FACING TRAFFIC!!!
  • Drive or bike WITH traffic- and when driving, same rules as with yer coloring books- Stay inside the lines.
  • If your answer to the question: "Boxers or briefs?" is "Depends..." (Depends on what?..No, no- just Depends...) then just don't drive alright? Don't do it!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Question Asking 'N Stuff Are Important

Yeah it's an oldie- but I like it and it will buy me time to tell the story behind the story with our Mutual aid buddies- Hey, Pedro the Paramedic loves you! Be safe- and then be cool, efficient and empathetic...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pedro the Paramedic Presents: Rules of the Road II

Hey, welcome class- let me start out by announcing that Pedro the Paramedic is "blocked" on the Internet systems of at least (as of this writing) two big city EMS systems and two major hospital systems- if Pedro is restricted in your town- well sound the alarm...

Ok class the Rules of the Road are super duper simple today- this is a one time only thing, so pay attention and accept the fact that this particular rule has no real exceptions- just follow it and all will be well- here goes:

Do not smash into pedestrians or cyclists with your car ( Yeah jackass, that includes trucks- do not smash into human beings with your truck)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cruising the Service Area

We had a rough shift yesterday covering for our mutual aid pals- we had a pediatric arrest and a few calls we had to call in mutual aid for the mutual aid- if you know what I mean...
So I was relieved to be assigned to my own town today- not only in my own town, but in my own neighborhood- as an extra truck no less. 
My partner and I hit the streets early and just cruised around- we were diverted here and there for coverage on occasion, but for the most part we just drove...
...  Watched a very elderly female in a long tan rain coat pedal an old red bicycle up a cobblestone paved hill... gangsta's in the doorway, being look-out- one on each side of the intersection and a couple down the block- we turn down an alley and interrupt a business transaction- they don't care too much about us... back up to the main drag- kids are going home from school, the joggers are out, a hunched over old man is walking a black and white mutt with a grey muzzle- the dogs as old as the dude is, they seem really comfortable with each other- I find myself feeling a little sadness- one won't make it without the other...
The suns out, the air is cool, everythings fine- for now...

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Your Sunday EMS Quote O' the Day

... "We don't really do it for them. We do it for us- look, people are going to get shot whether we're there or not. They're going to get hit by cars or run over by subways or whatever. You can't change that. And what the hell,we might as well be there to pick up the pieces. Someone has to be. This is a great job. Where else can you jump into the middle of mayhem and try to sort it out? In the middle of the most crazy, bizzare, violent, scary, disgusting situations, everyone looks to you to help them out- and then no matter what, at the end of the call, you can just walk away. Good, bad, right, wrong, whatever. You just walk away and get ready for another call."
Paul D. Shapiro 
NYC Paramedic