Last Battle

…Slumped in a kitchen chair is our patient, an 89-year-old veteran named Joe. Engine 11 has arrived first, and an IV is already established, vital signs taken and high-flow oxygen is being delivered through a nonrebreather. Joe had tried to take a sip of his morning coffee, felt sudden weakness and spilled it all over his crisp white t-shirt. There is obvious facial droop and no strength on his left side when he squeezes my hands…

 

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CJ Ewell
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Please be evaluated for your depression. You may need medication, or counseling, or both. Depression left untreated may resolve inside of 2 years (natural history of the disease), but that's a really long time. It may not resolve at all, or may relapse. Counseling can give you the tools to manage your emotions in a…
2015-08-27 17:42:10
Andy O'Hara
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Unfortunately, it CAN last 20 years or more. This is why it's important for first responders to take advantage of periodic therapy both during and after their careers--to deal with all the "muck" that's building/built up. This is for active and retired responders to do whether they see themselves as "healthy" or not--it's too big…
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Bob Markin
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Someone struggling with the new active shooter doctrine?
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T.J. Jeznach
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I am a Volunteer FF and a Career EMT. I can say I find satisfaction in both jobs. You are right though... EMS changes us. Some for good, others for bad. I can say now, having been an EMT for 3 yrs (2 1/2 as a volunteer), I know my stuff. I have used my…
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lollipop
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wow powerful thinking as always so glad I found you again and hope you are enjoying retirement xx
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