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VentMonkey

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I’ll be on vacation til mid-month. We haven’t taken one since pre-Covid. I’m overflowing with PTO.
 

Seirende

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Another doctor visit, another referral to a specialist. This time I'm going to see a neurologist. The good news is this time there's actually a theory on what the fatigue might be stemming from (POTS). The bad news if it does turn out to be POTS is that it is an incurable condition. Soooo, mixed feelings here, but honestly I just want to understand what's going on.
 

Aprz

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At least you're getting calls. I have not seen a single patient in 5 shifts now. I've flown twice, once cancelled and the other we had to abort for mechanical reasons. <_< At least I have a lot of down time to study. Been practicing med math and memorizing protocols.
 

Seirende

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One thing that did blow my mind a little bit is when I went in to this last PCP appointment and told my doctor the specifics of the latest occurrence of my heart acting funny, she was like, "Ah, time to see a neurologist." Never occured to me that a cardiac symptom could be related to the nervous system. Just another example of how everything in the body is interrelated.
 

DragonClaw

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One thing that did blow my mind a little bit is when I went in to this last PCP appointment and told my doctor the specifics of the latest occurrence of my heart acting funny, she was like, "Ah, time to see a neurologist." Never occured to me that a cardiac symptom could be related to the nervous system. Just another example of how everything in the body is interrelated.
Vagus nerve particularly.

And I'm sure many other things.
 

StCEMT

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I've had a 4 or 5 flight streak of extremely sick people and it's starting to get really old. I miss the IV, O2, monitor, rapid transport flights.
I have to go back to being a medic. Last night was the last shift of precepting, so it's back to writing call sheets for me.
 

Aprz

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I have to go back to being a medic. Last night was the last shift of precepting, so it's back to writing call sheets for me.
I don't think I'll ever go back to being an FTO/preceptor. About the only thing I liked about it was the $1/hour pay increase (for FTO) and also helping out with the new hire academy. I didn't like actually having them on the ambulance. The limited downtime I had, the time I'd use to take a nap, I would use to go over things with the trainee/intern, I was very big on practicing med math since a lot of them were weak at, go over protocols or test them on it, etc. I didn't like that. It was also painful to watch them run calls, especially when it deviates from the way you would've done it. I'd have to ask myself if what they were doing is acceptable even if it wasn't my way, which I found a lot harder. Like is it OK to wait to see if they'll give someone pain meds, give it soon enough, and give enough? That person is in pain the whole time when you probably would've had it on board by now. Do I like the way they are moving the patient? Is it safe? Do I think it'll be effective? Sometimes I felt like I was too slow to speak up and other times I felt like I jumped the gun speaking up. I also was never sure if I should let them burn with little things. A good example is when they weren't paying attention to vital signs. I'd see something like the blood pressure would give a phony bologna number or fail. Were they paying attention? Do they plan to get another blood pressure? Pulse oximeter is giving a low perfusion alarm and the pleth wave is flat. Are they going to try to troubleshoot it? Change it to high sensitivity? Usually I would wait until we arrived at the hospital and, if they didn't notice by then, then prompt them to take another set of vitals so they could have at least two sets or have worthwhile vitals to chart. Frustrated me. Then reading the chart. Some of them would practically write "Patient didn't die" and that's it practically. Almost always the worst grammar and spelling. After becoming an FTO, I felt like I always had a trainee.
 

Old Tracker

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Haven't been a FTO, but reports stuck a cord We have to review our partner's report before it's QA'd It is frustrating to see past and present tense used in the same sentence. Commas do not exist for many people. It gets really bad on a code or a major wreck
 

Aprz

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My favorite type of reports.

MEDIC 55 RESPAWNED TO MAN DOWNED PT REPORTED ETOH VOMITING W/O BLOOD TRANSPORT TO PPTH PT LSCTA PERRL NO DCAPBTLS DENIES DRUG SEATBELTS X5 TXP W/O EVENT PT SELFED SCOOT TO BED W/O INCIDINT REPORT HOUSE MD ALL QUESTIONS ANSWER

Why don't I get a pay raise and get treated like a professional? Ugh!
 

PotatoMedic

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My favorite type of reports.



Why don't I get a pay raise and get treated like a professional? Ugh!
Hey! How did you get access to my reports!?
 

Fezman92

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Got a text from ODS asking if I knew where the keys were for one of our trucks. I had to laugh because that's such an unexpected question, and no I didn't know where the keys were. 😂
 

GMCmedic

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Lately I've managed to get in 3 or 4 mile rides with my oldest on the green trails at least once a week. At least 3 times a week I'm getting 10-12 miles a day on blue and black trails. My weight loss had plateuaed around 168#, this should be a nice change up to break that.

I forgot how much I loved mountain biking before the kids were born. I'm a little slower now cause broken bones at 38 years old are less desirable than in my late twenties.

Really fighting the urge to buy a new bike. I did end up buying a new fork but that was something I intended to do ever since I first bought that bike.
 

CALEMT

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Really fighting the urge to buy a new bike. I did end up buying a new fork but that was something I intended to do ever since I first bought that bike.

Theres a YT Industries bike in my future. Just need the money.
 

Aprz

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I started running a couple of months ago. For the past couple of weeks, I've been running 3.75 miles. The lake I run around is 1.25 miles long and I run 3 laps. I've also been targeting 1,500 calories (I'll account for running, whatever the calculator says, usually like 300-400 calories, so I'll actually eat 1,800-1,900 calories/day).
 

VentMonkey

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I’m honestly just happy I can still swim a good amount of laps at the hotel lap pool after a year plus layoff. Just like riding a bike.
 

jgmedic

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Lately I've managed to get in 3 or 4 mile rides with my oldest on the green trails at least once a week. At least 3 times a week I'm getting 10-12 miles a day on blue and black trails. My weight loss had plateuaed around 168#, this should be a nice change up to break that.

I forgot how much I loved mountain biking before the kids were born. I'm a little slower now cause broken bones at 38 years old are less desirable than in my late twenties.

Really fighting the urge to buy a new bike. I did end up buying a new fork but that was something I intended to do ever since I first bought that bike.
Ive re caught the mtb bug recently too. Picked up an 08 Felt Compulsion 1, it's a 26 but i love it. Wife is not happy, as I tend to be a gearhead with all my hobbies. Case in point, went to a bike shop on vacation, owner had an older Santa Cruz Nomad frame with a legit Fox DHX rear shock for under 200 bucks, the look on her face when i came back to the car with it was not pleased. Now I'm parts shopping.
 

Tigger

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I’m honestly just happy I can still swim a good amount of laps at the hotel lap pool after a year plus layoff. Just like riding a bike.
On my way home from Maine right now. Swam in the ocean everyday and I wish I was at all close to the marginal lifeguard swimmer I once was. The home department wants to start a surface water rescue program, I don’t think they have any idea how hard open water swimming is.
 

Tigger

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Really fighting the urge to buy a new bike. I did end up buying a new fork but that was something I intended to do ever since I first bought that bike.
I bought a Norco Sight that had 3/4s of a demo season on it for just over half its sticker price (paid 2300). No regrets here and I didn’t have to worry about putting the first of a many scratches in it.
 

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