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.