Every Day is Today

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Woke up this morning feeling much better. What a good night sleep and an extra melatonin pill will do for you. Yesterday I was prepared to do a two day home isolation under the feeling sick rule, and was trying to figure out how to get tested, but now I am feeling great. I am […]

PPE When Seconds Matter

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“Are there circumstances where you treat a patient before you put on your full PPE?” This question provoked great debate with some saying you absolutely have to put on your full PPE in this age of COVID. My take on it is it would be great if you could, but it is not always so […]

Easter

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I worked the city today, and after a slow start, banged out 5 calls, and then they sent us in.  Volume is down,  plus today, as a holiday, we get double time and a half.  I could have stayed at the base and clocked the last three hours, but I wanted to get home to […]

Looking Better?

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Things for Connecticut as a state seems to be looking better, best illustrated by this chart as the number of new hospitalizations seems to be plateauing of dropping. Southern Connecticut has been hardest hit, but while it may be waxing there, the wave is starting to hit Hartford or maybe already be hitting Hartford and […]

The Meg

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Several new articles out in recent days suggest corona virus may have been circulating unnoticed in the United States for months, going back at far as early Fall before it was  noticed.  The possibility is being used to explain why California has largely escaped the epidemic, due to, it is postulated, herd immunity acquired over […]

Freedom

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My wife’s 14 days of isolation are over and she has returned to work.  During the period she had a cough, fatigue, and some shortness of breath on exertion, but never developed a fever or other symptoms, and started to feel better after a couple of days.  Due to the long lines at the testing […]

Home Court

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“All you want to do is play sports,” my daughter says to me. “I don’t feel like it.” “Okay,” I say. “Fine. You don’t want to. You don’t have to. I’ve got other things to do anyway. I was just seeing if you wanted to play. I was offering to play with you, if you […]

Aliens

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A busy day in the city yesterday. I was in the fly car, which means I listen to the fire radio and dispatch myself to priority one calls. Because the fire department get the calls before our ambulance dispatchers do, a self-dispatched fly car medic helps considerably with the response times. Since I am already […]

No BVM?

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A couple weeks ago, I heard a story about a paramedic, who in responding to a cardiac arrest, told the other responders not to use bag-valve-ventilation (BVM) to breathe for the patient. Bag-valve mask ventilation is the manner in which we assist people’s breathing who are either not breathing or breathing inadequately. We hold a […]

New Model

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A new University of Washington model projects 4,003 people will die in Connecticut due to COVID-19 with peak deaths coming on April 22, two weeks from today.  While certainly bad news this is still down over 1,000 from their projections of just a couple days ago.  I am back in the field tomorrow, but here […]

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