Archive | February, 2010

Hmm…I don’t know about this…

24 Feb

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for my area.  To tell you the truth, I really really really want it to be true.  I could use a freebie day to stay inside, clean and do laundry…oh and an extra couple hours of sleep wouldn’t go unappreciated.

So here’s the advisory.  We’ll see how this pans out…. Anyone taking bets on getting a delay / cancellation tomorrow? as

Winter Weather Advisory for Virginia Beach, VA

from 12 am EST, Thu., Feb. 25, 2010 until 12 am EST, Fri., Feb. 26, 2010

Wakefield, VA
3:28 pm EST, Wed., Feb. 24, 2010

Issued by The National Weather Service
… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EST THURSDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT EST THURSDAY NIGHT.

LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP ALONG THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST TODAY… AND WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS LATER TONIGHT. THE STORM WILL RAPIDLY INTENSIFY THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT… AS IT MOVES UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD. RAIN WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. SNOW MAY FALL HEAVY AT TIMES WITH 1-2 INCHES PER HOUR… .WHICH COULD RAPIDLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME TO NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS (ESPECIALLY DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF THE MORNING COMMUTE).

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE BEFORE THE SNOW TAPERS OFF TO SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS THROUGH MID THURSDAY MORNING. ADDITIONAL LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY MORNING INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON… WHICH WILL LEAD TO POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO AN INCH. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE (LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS)… MAINLY ON GRASSY SURFACES.

IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW… SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 45 MPH WILL DEVELOP LATER THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES… AND MAY CAUSE WHITE OUT (NEAR BLIZZARD) CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… PLEASE USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. &&

Why, yes, I have lost my mind

24 Feb

Alright – I admit it.  With everything that is going on in my life – job, boyfriend, rescue, family (and no, not in that order), I have decided to go and add one more piece of insanity. 

I have signed up to run a marathon.  Not just any marathon – the 2010 Amica Marathon in Newport, RI. 

Here – see the picture:

Marathon_Map-color-updated

So in addition to moving over the summer I’m going to be doing 20+ miles for training…oh and going to school to start on my EMT-I and doing my usual 48+hrs on the ambulance. 

At least Jersey and Stanley will be well exercised…right?

Mind over Matter

18 Feb

The theory goes that if you believe something hard enough, you can make it happen. 

So I’m giving it a shot.  I firmly believe that I will not get sick.  That my throat will feel better tomorrow, my headache will disappear and the general malaise and exhaustion will be cured with one good night’s rest. 

I will repeat this over and over like a mantra and will see how it goes.

In the mean time, will someone pass me the tissues?  I have a feeling that I will be challenging my patients this weekend with a ‘are you as sick as I am?’ if so, I’m at work, so you can drive yourself.  If you aren’t, you realize you will be stuck in the back of an ambulance with me and soon you WILL be as sick as me?  Figure I might get a couple extra patient refusals 😉

No shit, Sherlock

16 Feb

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I’ve been going about Mach 2 for about 3 or 4 months now.  I work full-time and have been running rescue for 3 years but in the past couple of months, I have been picking up more and more and more shifts.  And I’m finally feeling worn down.

Between the first week in February and the upcoming week, I am worn out.

I had a piddly-little 6hr shift on Saturday, I had 12hrs yesterday, I’ve got 6hrs tomorrow night, scheduling meeting on Thursday night and rescue on Saturday morning.  Somehow through all of this, I’m supposed to be keeping up with my exercise routine and keep my puppies happy.

And I feel like Stretch Armstrong…just before all the stuff pops out.

Now, I would actually talk to people around me about this, but they have been telling me that I’ve been doing too much for a while. 

The hardest thing about all of this is that when I don’t sleep (which I haven’t been doing much due to stress and additional rescue time), I get migraines.

It’s bad enough that my stomach gets angry at me when I’m stressed, but now my head is getting into the game as well.

Participating as a patient

10 Feb

I had a bicycle accident....I swear!

Last night I was a patient for the State EMT test. What I love most about being a patient is that they really go all out and do the make-up to better assist the future EMTs (thinking positively) about what they really see as injuries.

For my scenario, I was a patient that had been thrown from my bike and hit my head on a bunch of rocks – found unconscious and unresponsive, lying prone.

While most of the test-takers got the scenario and did everything right, I was concerned by the ones that did any of the following a) refused to turn me over, b) refused to take c-spine, c) refused to manage the airway, d) refused to treat for shock, e) refused to listen to lung sounds,  f) ignored this huge hematoma all around the right orbit, g) refused to check for PERL or h) any magical combination of the above.

C’mon peeps – this is your EMT-Basic certification. I know you’ve had scenarios like this. Step up, calm down and do what you know. Also, please touch the patient. Assessment without palpation is NOT a physical assessment.