Archive for October2014

Taking It With You

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 She sat across the room, 10, maybe 15, feet away. I don’t think she was aware that I was aware of her and her condition. Last week she told me that her due date was two days away, which made her five days overdue. She was uncomfortable, and so was I. I couldn’t relax. The […]

Night at the Movies

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It’s ugly, I have to close my eyes. It’s cool, yet beads of sweat form on my forehead. Nausea fills me. starting at my center, flows through my body and ends as a giant burst of pain in my head. I’m paralyzed, can barely breathe. Flashing lights appear, blind me, then go away. Somebody is […]

A REAL Emergency!

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It’s a three mile trip from the Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Room to where I needed to be: back in quarters at the Allen’s Avenue fire station. ETA six minutes. Everything was going great, light traffic, perfect weather conditions and no road construction in sight. It wasn’t long before I could see the Promised Land […]

Fire and EMS (now and then)

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The fire started in the kitchen, he told me, his mother and aunt had been drinking, and forgot about the pan of oil on the stovetop. It ignited, then before they could put it out the stove caught fire. It was an oil stove, he said, before they had natural gas. He was in the […]

Campfire Tour 2014

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Well folks, we made it through another summer, and the finest time of the year is upon us once again! To celebrate another Autumn I have compiled this year’s Campfire Tour set list. 2014’s edition includes some old time favorites and a couple of new songs that I have been working diligently on, but I […]

Ebola is the enemy, not the people who carry it

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At around eight in the morning a man called 911 for transport to the emergency room. He had been vomiting, had diarrhea, fever and aches and pains. “Use universal precautions” we were advised by dispatch. The patient sat in a wheelchair, barely able to use his sleeve to wipe the snot that flowed freely from his […]

ER Survival

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Overheard in the front, after another run. New guy on board “How come everybody at the hospital likes you?” “Not everybody likes me. But they don’t dislike me either. It’s not that hard, and anybody can do it. Even you. They don’t care if we are good looking, because we’re not. They don’t care if […]

loving it

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In EMS, we can see more in one shift than many people see in a lifetime. Related Articl 5 crazy but common EMS scenes and how to manage them Related Resource Read more columns by Michael Morse Related content sponsored by: We revive patients, deliver babies, heal wounds and witness the most dramatic moments of […]

Taking it with you

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She sat across the room, ten, maybe 15 feet away. I don’t think that she was aware that I was aware of her, and her condition. Last week she told me that her due date was two days away, which made her five days overdue. She was uncomfortable, and so was I. I couldn’t relax. […]

Ebola in Providence?

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A reporter from Providence, RI has contracted the Ebola virus. Scary stuff. Rhode Island has the largest Liberian population in the country, per capita. How quickly it could happen; a person ill, they call 911, we respond, enter their home, and begin treatment.   “What’s wrong?” “I don’t feel well.” “How long?” “Three days.” “Have […]

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