Footprints

Three sets of footprints in the snow. Two with fully defined treads. Mine barely register. Iím twelve years older than the two of my partners combined. This is my fifth pair of boots and the soles have gone smooth. I walk carefully. We do a call and I canít make it up the icy driveway. I keep slipping down the incline. I have to hike up through the snow to get to the door. I have had this pair of Fort Lewisís seven years, and they have stood me well. I order a new pair that night and they arrive on Christmas eve. I put them under the tree so I it will look like there are even more presents when my daughter awakes in the early hours and checks to see if Santa has come. In life we give way to youth, all of us do. We fade away. But I hope this new pair of working boots wonít be my last. I have more earth to tread on, more inclines to climb.

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    Josh
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    Great list. I was surprised to see Fentanyl left off the list since it seems to have become the go to prehospital analgesic over Morphine. I have been in EMS for 7 years and a medic for about a year and have seen/given Fentanyl far more often than Morphine for pain.
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    Medical calls are just far more interesting and challenging than trauma calls. I've heard of, but never seen anyone use Cabrera format. It certainly can throw you off if you're not looking very carefully. As to the rest of the call, sometimes nothing seems to go right. You did your job, you're not responsible for…
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    Jordan Collins
    Morphine
    I know this is from a while ago but I like reviewing your drug rankings. I have found, even in the 10-15mg range, Morphine has little effect on pain. I would estimate maybe 1 in 5 patients feels any sort of pain relief. It's frustrating not getting people their relief, while jumping through all of…
    2014-12-02 22:46:44
    Karim
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    Patients make liars out of paramedics! And yeah, sometimes the cath lab nurses are so mean.
    2014-11-29 15:17:55
    Dan
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    Initially I thought my eyes were deceiving me while reading the ECG until I figured it out. I've run similar atypical STEMIs. Good job! Interesting blog!
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