Finally

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The state ordered all health care workers in the state to wear masks today.  Just a few weeks ago, my wife was getting chastised for wearing a mask at work and scaring everyone.  Then one of her coworkers got sick with COVID and ended up on a vent.  So now on self-isolation, she has left […]

July 5

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The epidemic will largely be over in Hartford County on July 5th according to a new graph released by the state health department.  The peak will be around May 22, assuming people maintain social distancing.  This makes much more sense to me than the projected date of April 15 for the entire state.   Hartford will […]

Waiting

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Connecticut has been named by the White House as one of the next “hot spots” for COVID. This is based on the fact that 15% or more of our COVID tests are positive. A University of Washington model says the outbreak will peak in this state on April 15 and our hospital’s capacities will be […]

Mask Up

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There are five types of COVID EMS calls. 1. Patient is known COVID with confirmed positive test. EMS is notified of this prior to arrival. We wear appropriate PPE. One provider enters the house, and if the patient is ambulatory, walks them out to the ambulance. If they need a stair chair or stretcher, a […]

Prayer

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We were nonstop in the morning. Then they sent us to cover a suburban town. From the radio, I could hear the city was still busy. We parked next to a small basketball court that no one ever plays at. Since they shut down all the hoops in my hometown, I have been coming here […]

Radio Traffic

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“We’re going to need Decon.” “Main Street, use full precautions.” “We have an isolation patient.” “Shortness of breath, fever, just moved here from New York.” “4th Floor apartment, vomiting, fever, use precautions.” “We need resupply, out of gowns.” “Positive screen. Take all precautions.” Patient on corner, just left hospital who wouldn’t test him because they […]

PPE and First Responders

Went to one call today at a medical clinic, two firefighters walked in just ahead of me, already wearing full body gowns and N95s for a patient with chest pain. There were already four nurses standing around the patient, all of them in full gowns and face shields. The firefighter handed me a piece of […]

Close to Home

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I came home today to find my wife wearing a mask.  She works in a couple different health care settings.  I remember a couple days ago, she was telling me about a coworker, who looked ill when he came to work.  She shooed him away from her, and told him to go home, or if […]

Balance

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I slept an extra half hour this morning. I was tired from my 12 hours in the city, and trying to get closer to the recommended eight hours of sleep, instead of the five or six I normally operate on. I joked with my wife that most of the signs and symptoms of COVID–headache, malaise, […]

Beginning

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My wife met me at the door when I came home from working in the city last night. She made me strip in the foyer, dropping all my clothes – my jacket, my work shirt, my work pants, my tee-shirt, my socks—in the laundry basket she placed next to me. Then I was marched, clad […]

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