Masks and Vanilla Ice Cream

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I arrive for the unconscious patient.  That means I carry my in house bag over my shoulder, the heart monitor in one hand, and an O2 tank and my isolation equipment bag in the other.  I run up four flights of stairs.  I am wearing a surgical mask and a face shield.  By the time […]

Peace (Two Fingers)

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Recently I was driving down a Hartford Street in my white red and blue  paramedic response vehicle when I saw a single black man walking on the side of the road  with a bicycle.  He raised his middle finger emphatically and stared at me without smiling as I went past. I was perturbed.  I thought […]

Sunday Morning Coming Down

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On the Sunday morning sidewalk Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned ‘Cause there’s something in a Sunday Makes a body feel alone. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” – Kris Kristofferson Twenty-six people in Connecticut died of overdoses on the four Sundays of this past April. Twenty-one males.  Five females.  One was aged 15-24, eight were 25-34, […]

Chess

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Rainy Sunday in Connecticut.  I am doing laundry, lifting weights, cleaning the house, playing chess, listening to a chess instructional video, doing homework from my anti-racism course, and cooking dinner all at the same time.  Too busy to write a blog post. I admit to being nervous about the election on Tuesday, and have been […]

Assassin

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Connecticut saw its COVID positivity rate jump to over 6% last Thursday.  Our seven day average remains 3% for now.  Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all up.  The flat line we enjoyed this summer has turned decidedly up and threatens to go parabolic. The last three shifts I have worked I have done cardiac arrests.  […]

Narcania

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There is a cartoon hero named Narcania created by the same guy who wrote Lil’Dope Fiend Overdose Prevention Guide.  In the mini comix, Narcania rescues people who have overdosed and gives them new life.  As one character who has been resuscitated remarks, “I don’t know if there is anything worth living for, but at least […]

The Drumming

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“That’s not unexpected, but it still wakes you up like a cold shower,” Lamont said about the rising number of positive tests, which suggest that the virus is spreading more quickly. COVID cases have increased steadily in Connecticut since early September.  Nearly every day, the Governor’s response has been, “That’s not unexpected.”   He has often […]

A Man Must Carry On

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In the summer of 1977, when I was 18, my best friend Brad and I drove 1400 miles crisscrossing the country in an old Oldsmobile Cutlass.  We had no plan other than to see America.  We started off in New England, headed to Washington D.C. and then down through the Blue Ridge, Virginia, North Carolina.  […]

Book Sale-Killing Season

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Johns Hopkins University Press is running a sale on public health books, and my new book is in it! Save 30% on Killing Season and other select books with code HPHB when you purchase before 11/6: http://bit.ly/publichtw Killing Season will be published April 6, 2021.

AHA Guidelines: Key Takeaways

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The new American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines were released this morning. While the AHA does a major update every five years, since they went to online updates a few years back, the changes are not as momentous as they once were. After reading the executive summary, here are the key […]

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