Doctor's Offices

Doing calls in doctor’s offices can be tricky. “Do you start working the patient in the office or wait till you get out to the ambulance?”

Working Man

I have been in EMS a long time, and like most who have been in EMS a long time, I have acquired a Matrix-like ability to evade bodily fluids, including spit. I do my best Keenau Reeves impression and for a brief second find my eyeball a bare millimeter from the spit gob. But I slowmo evade it. It falls back to earth, landing on my computer screen.

“Again, not cool,” I say.

12 Hours

The water on the road caused a car on the highway to hydroplane and smash a New Jersey barrier, but fortunately there were no serious injuries and by the time we approached the scene the sun was popping back out and there was a brilliant full rainbow over the city you could see great from the elevated highway.


People tend to get into EMS for the lights and sirens adrenalin rush. Many either burn out from too much of it or get bored from not enough of it, and leave the field. I think those most successful in the long run adapt to the recognition that EMS is really about people as much […]

Why I Haven’t Been Blogging (Part 3)

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Writing and being a paramedic have always been important to me, and I do not want to let either slip.

Jesus Took the Bullet

I am expecting to walk into a horror movie and see a zombie hulk smoking a cigarette with half his head missing and brain and blood covering his shirt.

A Lift

So we stretched and limbered up and loosened, and then we took our positions. Knees bent. One two three.


The older I get the easier it becomes to just do what they want you to do. There is usually a good reason behind it.

The Grand Tour

You drive the streets of the city or towns where you work and you go by houses, intersections, businesses where you have done calls. The longer you are at it, the more memory pins are dropped on your street map.

Death in a Nursing Home

We’re called for a child not breathing. The address is a convalescent home. It makes no sense. Then we pull up. There is a car parked askance by the entrance, two front doors and a back door open. The engine still running. In the front lobby two nurses and a police officer kneel over a […]

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