Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I always have been. I got the most amazing sleep last night... actually woke up before my 0545 alarm and checked the weather and my email before I got out of bed... and the day keeps getting better from there.
I decided to go to weight watchers tonight. I weighted myself this morning... 149.5! 4.5 pounds from MY goal and 5.5 pounds under my WW goal. YEY!
I checked the pressure on my heat this morning and it looks like shutting off the garage fixed the issue. I was happy for that. I'm not even going to worry about the garage until it warms up and we can work out there to correct it.
I got everything done early this morning, so I had time to stop at mom and dad's and chat with mom a bit. I was telling her about going to WW tonight, etc etc. To make a long story short, mom thought I weighed 130-something... not 150. Double woot!
I ran yesterday. I ran 4 miles plus. I felt really good. I ran right around 10 minute miles. I got done with the first three miles and thought, wow, that was no sweat. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be able to "run 3 miles, no sweat". Well, there was sweat... in the litersal sense. :)
Only thing I forgot to do was bring my PB sandwich for breakfast. What was I thinking?? There are no stores near my office. I thought about driving to the grocery store and getting a box of granola bars... Or maybe I can scrounge one from the cabinets upstairs. Look out, hungry vulture on the loose!
Ok folks, have a great day. If you don't subscribe to the sparkpeople "healthy reflections" email, here's the quote for the day:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " -Mark Twain
Sailing away from the safe harbor... so many connotations in my life... particularly with fitness, especially, running. So, my parting thought is, try sailing away from the safe harbor today... even if it is something a small as trying a food you have never tried before... explore. dream. discover.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Sunday wasn't any better... still no exercise and lots of patients.
As soon as I called in, I got a call from the crew that transported my drunk kid earlier that morning. I guess the hospital chewed the crew a new one for not doing this and that. I will tell you, the gray areas of my job really make me nervous. I asked the patient if I could perform said procedure on him and he said no so I didn't because if I had, in the eyes of the law, its battery. If I had said that I am going to make him have said procedure done, its assault. The hospital told my crew that he could not make those decisions for himself and that we should have performed it anyway. I rarely disagree with doctors, nurses, etc. because I truly respect their positions, but quite frankly, they weren't there, they did not see the situation we were seeing and I believe that attempting the procedure would have been detrimental to overall patient care and with the disposition of the patient, I was afraid that he would become combative and/or violent. Its moments like these after a long day and one ahead of me that I want to hang up my trauma shears and go back to enjoying my weekends off being lazy and seeing my family.
After all that went down, we checked the truck off and I think I laid my head down for about a half hour when my fire captain showed up needing computer help. I helped him right up to our first call... and it was just one after another. By the time I made it back to the station, I had 8 sets of paperwork to do. I was finishing my last narrative when we got another call. It was around 7. I took her to the hospital and by the time it was all said and done I was technically off duty. The other crew who didn't have a medic got paged for a chest pains call, which requires a medic. I called the operations manager and said, "I'm sorry, I can't do it." We went back to the station, cleaned everything up and went home. I didn't get to bed until after 11.
I said "I can't". It killed me to say those words, but I realized I was so tired and mentally sapped, that I was forgetting small things. Things that, in the overall picture, were superficial, but how long before I forget something major? I needed a timeout... I had to say "I can't".
I had to be up early for this job today. 0545 came a lot earlier than it normally feels, but at least I'm not getting kicked, punched, cussed at, bled on, puked on, etc on/at/toward.
I am bound and determined to get a run in today. I'm hoping the cemetary is melted off, but if not, my Mom gave me her yak tracks to run with. I downloaded the week 4 of gateway to 8k and put it on my iPod.
I have to go by our main station tonight which is a fair ways out of the way to replenish the medications I used yesterday on my patient. I have a fire meeting tonight. I need to go to the grocery store tonight. My house is a wreck. That overwhelmed feeling is creeping up on me again.
Trying for positives:
-I made it to work early
-The roads were clear this morning
-My Mom is making dinner
-I should have a hefty paycheck from EMS this go around
-I lost 3 pounds over the weekend (probably fluid retention, but, hey, I'll take it)
-I'm looking forward to our trip to Columbus, OH this weekend
Be safe, my friends.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Yesterday, I did not get any cardio or strength training in, unless you count my work day as exercise.
First thing yesterday, my partner and I checked off the truck. No problem. My partner decided he was going to check our backup unit and accidentally locked the keys in it with in running in the bay... and then we got a call. It was just one of those days. The call was on the other end of the county.
We got back for about 20 minutes and were called out for an unresponsive patient. Patient was first time seizure patient, was extremely combative when I got to the house, kicking at me, punching at my dad (my dad is a medic too). Fortunately, he became more complacent as time went on and was able to get him to the hospital without incident. While we were at the hospital, my other partner forgot to shut the main power off to the unit and drained the battery. We had to get our ambulance jumped.
On our way back from the hospital we were called for an allergic reaction. We were probably 40 minutes away. Fortunately, the night crew came in early and took the call.
We got back to the station and forgot to call ourselves off duty. About 10 minutes after our shift was over, we got a call that there was a patient at the sheriff's office. I decided to take it even though we technically were off shift. It was a psych patient and the police didn't want to deal with him. Needless to say, he did NOT like me, screamed at me for a while, etc. Fortunately, he liked my partner and so he dealt with him.
So, my 8-8 shift was over at 11PM last night. I got to bed a little after midnight.
I was woken by one of my friends coming in around 0230 from the bar. I'm not sure what the deal was, but he went up and down the stairs several times. I was getting slightly irritated.
Finally got back to sleep and was woken again by my fire pager. Car wreck with injuries just a few miles from my house. I knew the ambulance crew was at least a half hour away, so I went and assessed and treated the patients. Wow, all I can say is don't drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver. The passenger's face was laid open, maybe a broken arm and broken knuckles... The driver was not injured, but he went to jail. There was a lot of lying going on which was aggrevating some of the other firefighters, but I had to concentrate on patient care. I made it home around 0630.
So, needless to say, I didn't get any exercise (structured) yesterday and I didn't get any sleep last night.
I have to be back at the station at 0900. I was going to try to get some more sleep, but I don't think its going to happen. Then I thought I would get a quick 10 minute workout this morning, but I'm afraid with as tired as I am that I would injure myself.
I am taking my resistance bands to the station again. There isn't a nice place to walk at this station like at the other one, but I can still make it work if I have time.
I have paperwork to do still from yesterday. My trainee is coming up to the station at some point so he can do his paperwork from yesterday. My captain from the fire dept is coming to do some computer work with me. It doesn't really sound like I'm going to get much rest or exercise, especially if you throw any patients into the mix today. :)
Still, I am staying positive:
-I get to go in later today, 9AM instead of 8AM
-I got holiday pay yesterday and had 3 hours of work over
-I am working at the station closest to my house (about 5 miles away)
-I got to see all of my brothers at the fire dept that I haven't seen in a long while
-I was able to help someone that needed my help
Have a wonderful and safe Sunday!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Be safe tonight. I will be back tomorrow. I am enjoying the evening with my mom and grandma.
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