American Summer

I originally posted this in August of 2006. It’s been over ten years I’ve been working in the city. Driving around in the ambulance, you can see the changes. None of the book stores I used to stop at are still in business. The barbeque place in the north end where they sold cornbread muffins […]

Home Test

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I participated in a research project this week, testing a home COVID antibody test. I had to do it while being watched via a zoom link by a study monitor, as well as answering a series of questions about the test. Here’s how it went. The package came in the mail. After opening it, I […]

Hidden Bias

I don’t like having too many choices.  A few years ago, I wanted to get a bigger TV.  I just wanted to go into the store and come out with something in the 50-60 inch size.  I went into the store fully intending to buy a TV, yet I walked out of there with nothing.  […]

Not Lost

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Connecticut continues to have low rates of COVID-19.  Our state only has 56 patients in the entire state hospitalized with COVID, we are averaging only 2.2 new cases of COVID per day per 100,000 people.  Our testing rate is 0.8 % positive for a rolling ten day average, 0.6% over the last three days.  Our […]

Inadequate

70,980 dead of drug overdoses in the United States in 2019. This is according to provisional data newly released from the CDC. The number represents both a record high and a 4.8 percent increase over 2018. Connecticut’s death rate rose 17 percent during the same time period. You can read the CDC report here: Provisional […]

Bizarre Foods Hartford

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From 2012-2014, I kept up a blog called A Paramedic’s Guide to Take out in Hartford.  I haven’t updated it since then, but am considering doing so.  In the meantime, I came across this old entry called Bizarre Foods Hartford, and since all five restaurants are still operating (open for carryout), I thought I’d post […]

The Chair

Last week, (due to medic vacations) the company put me into a volunteer town as the paid paramedic (on an ambulance staffed with volunteers) for my shifts. Many years ago, I worked three days a week in the same town in addition to three days of overtime in the city back in the days when […]

AC Fireworks

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Every year on the 4th of July we have a big party at my house. My brother and his family come up from New Jersey. I grill steaks, ribs, burgers, fries, chicken, and also cook fish, scallops, shrimp and sometimes lobster, as well as corn, zucchini, and mashed potatoes. “The tribe,” as my wife calls […]

Don’t Run-Call 911

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  The Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition is passing out free wrist bands which say “Don’t Run Call 911.”  The bands also list their phone number 860-888-5931.  One of their harm reduction workers gave me a bag full of them to pass out.  Now after treating an overdose, and giving my harm reduction spiel — […]

Medieval

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I just had my second COVID-19 test.  This was part of a study of health care workers at my hospital to see how many front line providers might be infected.  It comes a little late as infections are way down here in Connecticut.  Our positive testing rate (not infection rate) is less than 1% and […]

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