I realize I never posted about my training, which I should because naturally you are all on the tippy edges of your seats with anticipation to hear about it and I don’t wanna be responsible for any falls
Overall it was really cool, I’m so pumped to get to work! I’ll break it up into pros and cons:
-ran a full code and got ROSC at the scene! that means a guy was dead, he had no pulse and he was not breathing, and using CPR, defibrillation (the shock-y paddles), and drugs, we got his pulse back, in this case while we were still at his house, which is super rare. I got to see the cool high-tech auto-CPR band once the supervisor got there, and there were like 3 crews there working on him so I didn’t actually get to help with CPR but I dealt with the patients daughter who, as you might imagine, was freaking the fuck out, I got her to calm down and give me some medical history and kept her from like throwing up or fainting. So yeah that was really cool, it was like the ultimate of everything I’ve been trained for and seeing it all in action was awesome, and I was really glad that I was so well prepared because I was a little worried that I would freak out seeing a real person in cardiac arrest but I didn’t at all, I was totally calm and I knew exactly what to expect.
-got to talk a cool 5 year old kid through a 15 minute ambulance ride to children’s because my paramedic wasn’t very good with kids haha
-got to assist with taking vitals while my medic ran altered mental status protocol on an old dude who was super out of it, we think his pacemaker had fucked up because I felt an irregular pulse
-my medic took 750 years to do any kind of paper work at all, so every time we transported a patient we had to spend at least 45 minutes at the hospital for her to fill out the PCR, even when the report was literally just “transported 5 y/o male from [hospital a] to [hospital b]. vitals remained stable en route. no further actions taken.” it somehow took 45 mins (we were at the hospital after the cardiac arrest for literally 3 and a half hours. the EMT and I just like washed the ambulance and watched YouTube videos and napped) YEAH so we only got 7 calls in the whole 12 hour shift because we spent so much time out of service while at the hospital.
-we got called for a stabbing and I was SO PUMPED I was so ready to hold some pressure on some arterial bleeding or somethin but when we got there it was the stupidest tiniest stab wound I have ever seen and I wasn’t even bleeding anymore and the guy was fine and we just transported him so he could get a tetanus shot
Anyway them’s the highlights, I am very pumped to actually do this for real, my exit tests from the program are on Friday then I have to register for the national test and take that and then I have to get my state license and THEN I have to get like local licensing or something and then I have to get hired and then I have to get a special ambulance driver’s license and THEN. I can work as an EMT-B.