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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Three transports in three days

What a night - the usually collection of bullshit but our final call really takes the cake!  We are called to a 1 year old with a fever.  When we get on scene we find out that the mother & baby have been transported on Saturday and again on Sunday for the exact same thing.  They were given a prescription for Tylenol w/ codeine and Amoxicillin - let the antibiotics work - it takes more then one day.

Whatever - we transported them back to the hospital and put them in the waiting room where they will sit for the next 6 to 8 hours before being seen.  It would be better for the baby to be home in her own bed - but I can't make that suggestion.  Sometimes it is hard to not get bitter when we get these calls over and over again......

One the good side, in a few months I'll be working 26 less days a year - the 4/3 - 3/4 schedule is approved and we are starting our shift bids this week.


Monday, January 02, 2006

New Year - New Opportunities

I've been away from my blog for far too long, but I have been busy at work. We are running almost non-stop, with call volumes at a critical level, long hospital waits, and no crews available. On Christmas day we ran 10 calls with 8 transports over our 12 hour shift and almost no time for a meal. Yesterday (New Year's Day) we set a new transport record of 216.
Thankfully today is quiet because I really need the downtime. So far we have had two calls, both cancelled upon arrival.

Other then work, I'm just spending my time relaxing. After going 7 days a week since September I really need the downtime. I'm planning on walking the strip on Wednesday and maybe going out to Valley of Fire or Mt. Charleston on Thursday. If I get any good pictures I'll post them.

I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year's eve and New Year's day. Be safe and happy this year.