The Little Old Lady

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  “It’s not really pain, it’s pressure.” If I had a nickel for every patient who told me that, I’d have a lot of nickels. “When did it begin?” “A few days ago.” “Why didn’t you call somebody?” “I didn’t want to bother anybody.” We attached the leads, she looked dreamily out the rear windows […]

What about her? World Autism Awareness Day

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World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd. She’s wandering on Hope Street, a busy street by anybody’s standards, no coat, blank expression, forward moving, no side glances, no look both ways, just straight ahead and oblivious. I stopped the truck in the middle of the road. “What’s the matter?” I asked. No answer, no sign of […]

Idle Firefighters to Search Neighborhoods for EMS Patients

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Providence, RI – The city of Providence has instituted a groundbreaking community medic program, and expects revenues to soar as a result. It’s called proactive paramedicine, and it aims to generate EMS demand rather than just waiting for it. Beginning Saturday, August 23, and continuing indefinitely, the Providence Firefighters will canvass the city’s streets on […]

Amazing Olivia

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Who is cooler than Olivia Beauregard? Nobody, that’s  who! Thanks for making us proud Olivia, best wishes to you and your partner. http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170330/providence-firefighter-finishes-first-in-opening-round-of-amazing-race

The Calvary Ain’t Coming

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Waiting for the government to “do something” leads to narcan gathering dust in parent’s medicine cabinets, increased costs for narcan to EMS agencies, kids ignoring adults and trying things for themselves and coffins being filled with people who didn’t get another chance. The calvary ain’t coming people. It’s up to those who are in the […]

The Workplace

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  It is there, but I barely hear it: background music designed to put the shopper at this pet store at ease. “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday, the usual crowd shuffles in …”   The crew is working hard, some stocking shelves, a few at the registers, two grooming dogs and cats and a […]

Jazmine

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“What’s your name,” I asked him as we helped him down the stairs. He lost his concentration and nearly fell as the next performer sauntered past us. Thankfully, one of us was fully focused on the job at hand and caught him before he went down. We slowly made our way down from the upper […]

Empty

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She sat in a dark apartment, with her coat on because it was freezing in there, two directors chairs that probably came from Wal-mart the only furniture in the place, other than a twin sized bed, without a headboard or sheets, but at least it was covered with a blanket in the tiny bedroom. She […]

Dying to help

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…Society is filled with people suffering from emotional and psychological problems. Many of these folks lead productive lives once helped by remarkably effective treatments; therapy and medication produce tangible results in the mentally ill. Some patients have given up on treatment, choosing to make their own way in the world unimpeded by modern medicine. Most […]

You People…

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A lady I know has had a tough month. Her son was struck by a car while walking in a snowstorm, broke several ribs, collapsed a lung and hit his head so hard he was knocked unconscious and ended up with a severe concussion. He was brought to the nearest hospital, stabilized and transported to […]

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