Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Unfortunately, this is why...
I lost my first patient as a paramedic on Sunday. I had lost several in my 12 years as an EMT, but once you're in charge, I guess it hits you a little harder.
We were called for a possible stroke. When we arrived, the patient was in full arrest. We hooked her up to the cardiac monitor/defib and started giving her breaths. To make a long story short, she didn't make it. I felt absolutely useless. I can deal with the actual passing of someone okay, it was the husband sobbing in the next room that tore me up emotionally.
I've had two calls since then... both were much better outcomes, but my mind still goes back to my lady on sunday.
My seasoned medic friends tell me, you never forget your first one... I know I never will... I've never forgotten my first as an EMT.
Take the time to tell your family you love them... you never know when you may not have that opportunity again.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
I'm working two shifts with EMS as a paramedic this weekend... 16 hours EACH. I am going to be one tired puppy Sunday at midnight when I'm done.
Its a cool day here. I thought about going and walking laps around the block that the station is on. I figure I'm not too far away if we get a call, but I can't sit on my butt for 16 hours straight. I will go crazy.
I had a horrible week. I only worked out once and didn't eat well. Today is my reset day. I have all of my meals with me and even if I can't get a walk in, I will do sit ups, push ups etc.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So not only did I eat well yesterday, I had quite the action packed day.
I PROMISED myself I was going to workout outside yesterday, no matter what... so in the 50 degree windy, rainy day, I got out there and ran for 30 minutes. I found a new trail to run on. It was a little muddy from the weather, but no big deal.
My dad called and said my grandmother's surgery was pushed back a few hours, so I knew my mom wouldn't have time to cook dinner... so I took my dinner meal plan from here and made it for 4 people instead of one. I took it to their house in a casserole dish so that mom could heat it up when they got home from the hospital. I also made a pan of cornbread... I'm not really a fan of it, but I've been on a baking kick lately.
Before I went to eat dinner with the fam, I got on the bike trainer and watched the second half of NCIS while pedaling. I pedal easy to moderate during the show and then turn up the tension and intensity during the commercials... gives me a nice variety in my workout.
Fortunately, no one needed rescued last night because I was in bed at 2130! Woke up twice... which is a low number of wake up times for me. I think the melatonin is starting to work. Second wake up time was because the big dog wanted out. Can't blame him... I really needed to get up anyway.
Its snowing here today, so I think I am going to take it easy and do the elliptical at the wellness center rather than the treadmill (I do not like running on the treadmill at ALL). I'm supposed to go hike with my friend's son this afternoon. He's in scouts and is going out west for a hike. He'll be hiking with a 40 pound pack, so he wants to train a little before heading out there. I thought about digging out my backpack and throwing 40 pounds in mine as well. That would be quite a workout! He wants to go 2 miles. I figured we could hit a flat trail then work our way up to the more hilly ones.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I can only use the "I'm too busy to..." excuse so many times before it becomes my catchall for not taking care of myself... Lets see...
I ate terribly Saturday and Sunday, but got back on track yesterday and today... I guess I didn't eat TERRIBLY... breakfast and lunch were fine, but my dinners were a little more than what I should have. I went to a girl friend's bachelorette party and the only non-alcoholic drink they had was pineapple punch.... major calories.
I worked out Saturday (kick boxing and step aerobics) and was so sore on Sunday I couldn't do anything else. Ran and did strength training yesterday and am planning on running and biking today. If I don't get consistent, I will NOT be ready for triathlon season... I'm guessing I won't be where I was two years ago, but I can do MUCH better than last year. I probably won't compete in as many as I have in years past either, but my goal for this season is to have one good finish (finish, finish strong, feel good about my times).
Have a great day!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
That's okay... I was totally bummed out by the weather yesterday and missed a lot of things. Didn't work out because it was 47 degrees and raining (but did do my strength training!) Positive self talk, right??
I took a nap, that was nice... woke up on the couch in the bf's office. He had let me sleep. He got off work early and we had a nice dinner together... I left food on my plate! No urge to "clean the plate" as I was taught as a kid!
I DID, however, have a chocolate covered pretzel... but just one! I then rested my eyes a bit after strength training while bf worked on the car, even gave him a little help with it... I can turn a wrench... with a little supervision and instruction! :)
No excuses today... its supposed to be in the 60s and sunny. We are walking after work, period. Nuff said.
Have a great day!
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