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!!!!!

4 comments:

DammitWomann said...

Go get um!

Enjoy your classes.

FORGER said...

"Starting next class we get to stick needles in people. YEAH!!!!! "

Not to piss in yer Cheerios, Padawan, but YOU get stuck as well....

This might be your first chance to be a "teacher". If you're like me, you have veins like garden hoses, your instructor knows this, and will want to award you The Order of the Purple/Black n' Blue Target by giving someone who's having a hard time an easy stick or three to build their confidence.

The best thing you can do to help is grit your teeth and offer all the encouragement you can.

When that skinny, nervous little girl with the shaking hands hits that pipe in your arm for the first time, and that big ass smile splits her face from ear to ear, it'll all be worth it.

Just watch that she doesn't yank it back out in her excitement...

Overall, it sounds like you're motivated and dedicated and kicking ass. Won't be long you'll be hitting the mark on little old ladies with veins the size of spaghetti and as fragile as a balloon with the first stick while running Code 3 in rush hour traffic...

That's where I learned how to do it. My EMT license was barely dry, and my Paramedic partner took me under his wing and threw me into the deep end. "You're gonna need to know how to do this.." he'd say, show me a couple of times while in Quarters and expect me to do it en route on a call.

Nothing like a high pressure life or death situation to focus the mind, I always say...

(Sorry to ramble on, but I got a dose of my days in EMS tonight. A medivac chopper flew over at treetop height and my buddy SPC JMFL and I tracked it down to the BBQ-Fest where is landed as a display. Shortly after we found it and scoped it out, comparing it to the UH-60 Blackhawks JMFL worked with in Iraq and traded notes with the Flight Crew, they got called out, and asked me to do ground watch/crowd control while they powered up and took off. Been damn near 20 years since I've worked with a medivac, so I'm a little stoked right now...)

FORGER said...

"Been damn near 20 years..."

CORRECTION: Been OVER 20 years...

...fuck I'm gettin' old...

Student EMT Cracker said...

DW and Forger,
Thank you both for the encouragement.

I'm prepared to get stuck, Forger. I am not looking forward to the times they miss though. I'm pretty lucky in that my two team mates are already working EMT's so at least one has already stuck people a few times and the other team member is as fanatical about it as me.

My first clinical was the motorcycle trauma I wrote about. While everyone else went and hid behind the building I stood there and watched the chopper as it lifted off. I may have gotten dusty and tasted dirt, but it was an awesome feeling.