Green Glasses

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This week I received in the mail special glasses I ordered from the back of an old comic book.  They enable me to see COVID.  He is a tiny little green monster with a coat of suction cups.  He is not just one fellow, but an army of millions of little green monsters. I sit […]


Friday night in the city on a dead end street.  Light beams out of the ambulance’s open back doors.  Inside the EMT spreads a clean white sheet on the black stretcher mattress.  He hits the exhaust button on the wall, and then exits from the side doors. My masked patient steps up into the back where […]

ZIMHI – 5 mg Naloxone IM

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Adamis pharmaceuticals is seeking FDA approval for ZIMHI™(naloxone) Injection, a 5 (FIVE) milligram intramuscular (IM) dose of naloxone for use in suspected opioid overdose. In EMS, we try to titrate naloxone to the smallest possible amount to reduce respiratory depression.  We have that luxury because we carry bag valve masks, which enable us to […]

A Simple Dream

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Twenty-seven years ago, in a retaliatory shooting, a man in Hartford’s north end opened fire with an automatic weapon, killing his target.  He was sentenced to fifty years in prison.  He left at home a baby daughter. *** I get called for the unconscious.  I arrive first and climb windy wooden stairs to the third […]

Gun Violence 2020

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Every morning when I report to work, I check my gear,  my heart monitor, my medic bag, and the blood cooler.  Our service has been carrying whole blood stored in a paramedic response vehicle for a couple months now, and none too soon.   In the midst of two serious epidemics — COVID-19 and the opioid […]

CT Contact Tracing App

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When I woke up Friday morning and checked my phone, there was a notification asking me to join Connecticut’s new COVID-19 contact tracking app.  I installed it right away.  The app tracks my proximity to other people using the app.  If I test positive, a contact tracer will ask if I will share my close […]


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Welfare check.  The superintendent lets us in.  The apartment is a poor man’s hoarderville, open boxes and dirty clothes stacked as high as the unwashed dishes in the sink.  The man is sitting at a table with his head in his hands; a chess board in front of him.  For a moment, I fear he […]

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, […]

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