I really need to write these down. I used to think most of life matttttterd, what happened? Now I assume I can catch up later, but I need to keep recording events.
No Hipaa laws are broken in this blog. Rescue squad June 5
1. 65 yom that had a vacant stare his wife thought was a seizure. He let out some fecal incontinence and his wife cleaned him up in front of us. Now that’s love. Hospital work is full humanity.
2. Old man who had angina who wouldn’t stop talking the entire ride, had questions about everything. We went in to the clinic thinking it was a serious call (chest pain)… but no one even knew who called 911 when we got there! Everyone was smiling and laughing and they had no idea where the patient was. That’s the power of a positive head of staff to spread a good spirit among everyone, but no one thought his angina was important. The doctor even pulled me aside to show me a photo of his son (whom I know) in the newspaper. The pt probably felt no one was paying attention. “I’m the one with the problem here! ” is what I imagined he was thinking.
3. My first DOA, though we didn’t go in. But I won’t easily forget the lady in her front yard with her face in her hands crying for her friend.
4. Old lady who fell and hit her head on the railing of her nursing home. She had a good sized hematoma and was also bipolar and depressed. She did her best to smile for the stroke test, and when asked to say “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” said “you can’t speak, teach a new dog old tricks.” She could use the power of family to cheer her up.
5. Popular older black gentleman who got dizzy getting out of his car on his way to PT. BP was way too high. Every single nurse practically blew him a kiss when we were wheeling him out. He had the whole staff of health south as his personal fan club. How did he do it?
6. 92 yom who is still young enough to do yardwork in his back yard! He was still mentally sharp, but his A-fib was going into RVR (145 bpm) with 10 of 10 chest pain. Pretty much a heart attack that doesn’t stop. This was a serious call that needed swift and accurate action. We gave him 4 aspirin, took his BP, then scooped him on the stretcher and out the door. His heart continued racing and he was sweating like he was jogging laps the whole trip. We floored it to the hospital and the staff responded quickly, great teamwork all around.
7. Black 29 yof with sickle cell anemia with chest pain and back pain from blood clots.
8. 61 yom who works magazine press machines whose right side went numb suddenly. Good sense of humor tho bc in his past he’d taken a piece of machinery to the head requiring brain surgery, as well a as motorcycle accident. To him, this TIA / possible stroke was no big deal.
9. 68 yom who passed out in his haircut chair at a salon. (Must have been when he looked in the mirror.) His blood pressure was pretty low, but still no explanation for why his eyes rolled back in his head for 3 minutes. No drugs / alcohol, chest pain or strokes, just parkinsons.
10. Pediatric respiratory arrest from asthma attack. I’ll never forget.this call and have let it go, that there was only so much we could do to bring him back. Earlier intervention was the key, at school or nudes office or getting his inhaler when he was home. By the time we got to him he was wheezing so hard maybe only 20% air was getting through. Then he stopped breathing and turned blue. We successfully intubated and did cpr and eventually got his pulse back in the Er. However, brain damage was too catastrophic.
But it makes you think, be the best you can be, be as quick and urgent as possible when the situation gets worse, bc your skills and decisions will either save a life or lose one. Getting there quicker or hooking things up faster would only do so much good. If the kid could have had his inhaler on him, this may not have happened.
11. A gay guy had a panic attack but thought he was having a heart attack. His elevated Hr and symptoms were real. His house was in perfect order, he was in amazing shape, ate extremely well, smoothie and suppliments neatly organized all overy his kitchen. Oriental decorations and calming water fountains for a meditative atmosphere. Yet his stress was out of control. On the way out on the stretcher he despaired, “I just don’t know what’s wrong with me.” His close friend, ex partner tried to reassure him that nothing was wrong either him. Those words stuck with me the rest of the day. I felt compassion gor the man, not hatred, but cant help but wonder if his lifestyle choices have a psychological and spiritual effect on him. Why cant we entertain the question: does Letting what God calls evil into our lives reap spiritual / demonic consequences?
12. Man doing triceps extentions had the metal pulley from the cable row come loose and fall on his head. 1.5 inch gash and blood, but he remained in a positive mood. I love to see pts rise up under stress and refuse to get frustrated!
13. 94 yof tripped over her cane in the street, cut the bridge of her nose, and bled all over herself and the neighbor trying to help her. Yet again, had a huge smile on her face
14. 18 yof in a domestic dispute. Picked up by a 40 yom and thrown on her neck. We found her in a field bleeding from her head. She did admit she got in his face about being a crap stepdad and how he continually disrespect her. He shoved her, she shoved him, she punched him, he took it to the next level and threw her. Sometimes those of us brave enough to speak the truth to power and stand up for our rights pay the price. But I imagine he will pay a bigger price now.
15. 60 yof who lives by herself in a 2 room apt wanted to go to the hospital on her own choice. Bags packed. Wants us to bring her wheelchair in the ambulance. Once 20 cockroaches climb out of the arm rests of the wheelchair when we were shifting it’s size, we tell her the hospital will have plenty.
16. Lady trips on sidewalk at 645 am at anthem building. She complains of pain though we don’t see any symptoms. She blames anthem for having uneven sidewalks. The next week we see a crack in the sidewalk roped off with cones. The world is a dangerous place folks! Better sue somebody!
17. Kid eats a glow stick. He’s fine.
18. State trooper chokes in his sleep, wife calls bc he doesn’t breathe for 30 sec. It’s called sleep apnea. But we cannot wake him up. He takes off pulse ox and tries to hold it to his chest. He also grabs BP cuff and detaches it. When we get him to stand he lays back down on ground in fetal position. He was 45 and 6’5.
19. Broken ankle at county jail in the shower
20. Chinese woman w serious stroke, can’t move R side at all.
21. Kid who took too much coding after wisdom tooth extraction stood up, orthostatic hypotension, passed out and smacked his head on the ground.
22. Panic attack at gym, 40 yom locked up in hands feet and face.
23. Car accident rollover two benedtine students. One with blood pouring down his face, the other with major neck pain.
24. Old lady who couldn’t breathe near pump rd, on scene in three minutes to apply life saving 02