Monday, July 7, 2008

NSR Week 3 (Late)

Welcome to Normal Sinus Rhythm! This week, Gertrude over at Ridin' The Bus gave us the prompt, "You might be a _____ if..." Posted with each link is an excerpt of the original post; head over there and leave a comment if you have the time!

If there is a theme you would like to see in a future NSR, leave a comment here or send an email to We would really appreciate input on this project!

Peter tells us, You Know You're A Paramedic When...
You ask the phlebotomist at the doctor’s office if you can stick yourself (after she has already missed twice).

You can sleep soundly in an ambulance and only wake up when your ambulance number is called.

Lucid brings us You Might Be an ARP If...
7. Lacking a window punch, you've gained access to an MVA victim using an avalanche shovel.
8. You've directed traffic before you could legally drive.
9. You've gone for two hour hikes at 3 am... sometimes to look for a missing person, sometimes just for fun.

Gertrude brings us a different side of things with You Might Be A Junkie If...
4. You might be a junkie if you deny using but are covered in powder and little broken capsules.

Stretcher Jockey reminds us that You Might Be A Wacker If...
10. You wear two wristwatches while you're on-duty in case the first one goes dead while you're checking a pulse.

9. You carry more varieties of hemostats in the pouch on your belt than they carry in the local hospital's central supply.

Witness tells us what a Sad Life it is.
6. You go to sew up a hole in a pair of clothes, and when reaching for the needle you feel an overwhelming urge to wear gloves.

5. You're driving your personal vehicle, but can't quite find the address... so you reach over to the console to turn on your left scene lights, only to quickly remember that you are in fact driving your own car and not an ambulance.

Rogue Medic continues his expanded abbreviation of our very own "NSR" with Not Sedated--Restrained.
Well, I don't consider anyone to be much of a paramedic/EMT, unless one is a Jack of all trades. Part of that is the ability to keep a patient from harming himself and from harming crew members and still transport the patient to the hospital. This is the amateur wrestler/rodeo clown part of EMS, so:

You might be an amateur wrestler/rodeo clown if...

EpiJunky brings us Ten Signs that it's time to get off the transfer truck.

You can map a path past a good coffee shop to any Hospital/Nursing Home/Wound Care/Pain Management Clinic/Dialysis Clinic in the city, and do it efficiently.

You're on the local Wound Care clinic's Christmas card list or you get an invitation to the Dialysis Annual Memorial Day Picnic.

And finally, Sam tells us How You Know.
And when we're done, away from patient and family, that's when I think. That's when the emotions hit me, the thoughts of my parents and my friends. That's when I sigh deeply and get a little misty eyed and I'm silent; that's when it hits me, fully sinking in.


Odie said...

You might be a squirrel if...

You've logged more hours on the engine/medic than your station captain.

You might be a little burned out if ...

You know how many tiles there are on the ceiling of the bunkroom because you simply find it easier to not sleep at the station anymore.

Children Sinus said...

The room in the nursing home is sparse. The patient, a large man in a hospital johnny, is pale and diaphoretic with a low grade fever and edema in his abdomen and extremities. His eyes follow me slowly as I assess him.