Have You Had “The Conversation”?

My plan was to watch some “mindless” television and lay on the bed and more than likely take a little nap to enjoy the afternoon during my mini vacation. The last channel watched was HLN and Dr. Drew was on with a panel discussing Bobbi Christina starting hospice care. Dr. Drew did not mince words... Continue Reading →

Is Too Much Starch A Bad Thing?

This blog is part of a larger "What-If-We're-Wrong-a-Thon" by several EMS bloggers where we attempt to view the opposite point of view on a topic we have previously taken a stand on. You can find the other articles here. This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Connecticut State EMS Conference (more on that... Continue Reading →

EMS Compass: The Missing Link in EMS

Hardly a week goes by without hearing about providers feeling left out in the planning of the futures of their agencies and the future of EMS in general. It's true, some providers will never be happy, that is the nature of humans at large and it is present in any profession. Yet, not everyone is... Continue Reading →

Magic Is Not Just For Harry Potter

The pulse at his jugular notch was racing. I could count it's beats visibly without palpation. I wondered at the intricate systems that worked to keep a heart beating and continue the magic that is life. Then I solemnly remembered that one day that pulse would be stilled and the magic of the soul would... Continue Reading →

Gripes Go Up

I recently had the opportunity to attend a lecture called “Why Just Manage When You Can Lead?” by Ray Barishansky. There were many little leadership morsels and treats to delve into a little deeper in future blogs, but today I'd like to focus on one in particular that keeps rearing it's head in my life.... Continue Reading →

Linus Knows Best

  Folks, I have something important to say. I'm going to keep the flowery language and gentle guiding you are used to from me to a minimum because what I have to talk about is so obvious and yet so overlooked that perhaps keeping it simple will help. It's winter. It's cold. Put a blanket... Continue Reading →

What’s On Your Batbelt?

We pulled up to the desolate truck stop, our headlights shining on the sole person in the lot. Presumably she was our “sick” patient. She wore a pink head rag, dingy t-shirt and jeans, with even dingier keds carrying a bag full of her only possessions in the world. Her face showed a perpetual weariness... Continue Reading →

Be Contagious

We spend our days complaining about how life what isn't what we expected or how we haven't reached our expected timeline instead of accepting that, letting it go, and focusing on our dreams. I'm too old.I can't afford it.I'm not that smart.I'm (insert any excuse here). Life is hard. No one warns you about getting... Continue Reading →

Normal vs Abnormal

  This week was a week of firsts. My first infant code and consequently my first Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). For 18 years I was able to dodge the bullet of having to respond to dead or severely sick or injured babies. One time, there were too many new EMTs that just graduated so... Continue Reading →

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