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  1. CritterNurse

    the 100% directionless thread

    I go by Chris. Unless I'm working with others named Chris, then I tend to go by my last name, which does sound like a plausible women's name.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    On the job we 're supposed to stay professional and not say things that could be offensive, no matter how the customers/clients act. The exchange with this person usually goes something like this: Me: Good morning Ms. ------. How can I help you? Her: Hi, Kim. I'm here for ---- Me: It's...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Things I wish I could say to a certain person... Dear frequent customer/client: MY NAME IS NOT KIM! It's not even close to my name. I know you think the name I use is masculine, but really, I know a lot of women with my name use the shorter 'boy' version of it. I grew up being called this...
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    Oxygen and heart attacks

    I stumbled across this: and found it interesting. I'd like to learn more, but Internet searches just bring me to more pages that pretty much just say the same thing without going into more depth. Has...
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    What are hobbies of EMTs and Paramedics?

    I'm involved with the SCA so I'm learning fencing, archery, and medieval dance. I like to sew, knit, and embroider. I also adopt from and volunteer with Mainely Rat Rescue.
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    I don't wear a watch to work

    I can't stand stuff on my wrists either. I have a watch I modified to hang on my stethoscope just about where I would hold it.
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    Communication with patients

    I usually start with first names for children or teens, sir or ma'am for adults. I work in customer service, and that has served me well in every job so far. I do tend to leave off the sir/ma'am, but still do my best to be respectful, if I am dealing with an obvious transvestite, or if I am...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    My guess would be 'easy to clean or replace' since pets can be messy, destructive critters.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Yesterday I took my boys to see Santa and get their pictures taken. One of the local animal hospitals was having pet photos with Santa to help raise money for a local family in need. Santa didn't even blink when I took the 4 rats out of the carrier. Left to right is Yoda, Jojo, Tigger...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I wish I was just in that position. I've been hit hard with a nasty head and chest cold, with a massive sinus headache and blocked ears. I've hardly slept for 2 nights. I finally get to sleep today, just to have someone knock on my bedroom door 2 hours later telling me dinner is ready. And I...
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    WHat was the BEST thing you ever said to a patient?

    The best advice I've given a patient was while transporting a patient after the patient sliced off part of a thumb on a mandoline slicer. The patient had just bought it and was trying it out, and didn't like the way the hand guard didn't grip the food well, so was using it with just a hand. I...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    No Thanksgiving is complete without listening to
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    Looking for a pt. asses. notebook

    I can't find a picture of the field notebook that both departments I'm on uses, but someone on one department didn't like the small spaces the notebook has, so they took it to a photocopier, and kept enlarging until it filled an 8.5x11 page, with a blank column along one edge that is great for...
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    Hours of sleep

    Sometimes multiple periods of sleep work too. For a while I was working nights. I would sleep 4 hours before work, and then 4 hours after work so that I could have some time awake during the day when 'normal' people go about their business.
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    How often do you workout?

    I know I should spend more time working out, but I can't seem to stick with a routine that starts to feel like a chore. I've found some fun activities, so I do get a workout once a week at fencing practice. On the weekends I sometimes end up tromping through the woods looking for crossbow bolts...
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    The great hazing debate.

    I once got a realistic looking rubber bat as a 'prize' in a contest. I decided to hang it from the ceiling in such a way that if you opened the door all the way it would 'swoop' down just above your head. My roommate shrieked when she opened the door, and then laughed when she saw the string...
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    Halloween 2013

    Then tell your cousin I think he made the right move, and thank him for not driving :)
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    Halloween 2013

    Strangest thing I saw was on my way home from work. Only in Portland, Maine will you see Santa riding a bicycle down the road in the rain on Halloween...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    This afternoon my brother and I went to a friend's house for some archery practice. My brother sees our mom driving by on her way home from work, so we both wave. She turns around, pulls over and asks what we're doing. I say "shooting", while at the same time our friend gives a sheepish little...
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    Tell us something about the person above you

    The person above me just made me look up a word... The rat in the pic was a rat I had a couple years ago, named Peter. I brought him home from work one day. His human got bored of him and was looking for someone to take him of their hands, but wanted to make sure he wouldn't end up as snake...