Sunday, January 17, 2010

How the Time Flies...

Good Lord, Has it really been since Oct? Time does fly when everything is going to hell. On the school front, everything has been going well. I'm now ACLS qualified, I've been sticking needles into folks like mad in clinical practice. All in all, that side is going great.

On the personal side everything has gone straight to hell. All I will say is that if your other is a needy person, they will not understand all the time Paramedic school takes. So the divorce will be pretty soon but I'm ready for it. In other words I've said my goodbyes to all of my possessions and can now move on.

Friday, October 23, 2009

End of Phase One

I finished the end of phase one with a 92%. It's not a perfect score, but it's still an A. Clinicals start in two weeks. In two weeks I'll be sticking needles into to people and running tubes down their throats. Hooray!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Study, Study, Study

It has been nothing but studying as I near the final for prepatory phase. On top of that I have a new night job at one of the local hospitals as a monitor tech, and I am trying to divorce a woman who doesn't understand that the words "I want a divorce" means that I want a divorce. Just never enough time in the day when ya work two jobs and go to school full time.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I.V. Practice

So this our practice arm. Not bad as fake arms go. As you can see, it even has fake blood coursing thru it. Fake blood that will not come out of your clothes, as some of my unlucky teammates have discovered. I don't want to criticize the program, but for this area, what we need to practice on is fat arms. Most of the people I saw in clinicals did not have arms this nice. No big highway veins that just pop out at ya screaming stick me. No they either encased in layers of fat or on the arms of little old ladies who used to play bridge with Methuselah. Next week we test using the Paramedic Practical guides for scoring. THEN, we finally get to stick real people for a change. The scary part is we also start practicing endotracheal tubes next week. It just keeps rolling along.

Monday, September 14, 2009

This Is Hard!

There is far more knowledge to learn in Paramedic school than I would have thought. And this is just the preparatory stage. Basically it's everything I learned in EMT school plus. I've been trying to read every night, but going thru a divorce with a woman who doesn't want it to end is not a conducive reading environment. At least she is finally getting the fuck out of my house tonight. Did I mention I hate drunks.

Still haven't got to make anyone but myself bleed. At least they finally broke out the life like arm so we could at least pretend like we are sticking someone. Practical Instructor Man, PIM for short until he earns a nickname, say we can begin conicals in two weeks. I can't wait. Intubations in 20 hours of surgery and 55 hours in the ER trying to stick people.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Minty Fresh

I PASSED!!!!!!!! The national registry test is done. I have rarely been so nervous before a test in my life. So now I can concentrate on my paramedic studies and start sending those job apps to every hospital and fire service that I can find.

Paramedic school is starting off slowly. The College, in it's infinite wisdom, decided to kick us up to the old campus. I guess they became tired of us putting the anatomical study skeletons in suggestive positions. Anyhoo, most of our practical time has been spent moving equipment. As to last weeks I.V. practical, I didn't get to stick anybody. Instead we were issued I.V. tubing and some catheter needles and sent home to practice. If I don't get to make someone bleed this week, I'm gonna stick myself and bleed on the instructors shoes.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Classes Have Begun

So I started the Paramedic program yesterday. It is gonna be so freaking awesome. A whole lot of time to be invested, but I can't wait. Starting next class we get to stick needles in people. YEAH!!!!!