Well, I have had 3 days of pretty much solid EMT(I took a short break Firday night to watch my first John Wayne movie, Sands Of Iwo Jima) Either working on an exam, studying or being in class. Saturday was 8-5 practicals. Sunday was a double shift of riding the ambulance, 0730-2200. The shift was 0800-2300, but we always show up 30 minutes prior in order to check the ambulance. We got back from a call at 10pm, so they just sent us home.
So far things I have learned…
While valuable and necessary, very little of what we learn in class is done in the field. The medical stuff is, but not the procedure part.
In a firehouse there is a crap load of junk food everywhere one turns and for some reason I kind of want to eat it(For the most part I resisted).
Very often what people think is their emergency rarely is. Not that they are not in need just what they call for isn’t always their most pressing issue.
When a gentleman over the age of 70 calls you “hot honey”, it’s enduring.
There are neighborhoods that give me pause.
There is A LOT of down time.
The people running calls in my town seem to be very competent and caring.
Even though I don’t do much more than vitals, oxygen, comforting of patients and helping lift/move, I am exhausted!
I am both more confident and more terrified to take my exam.
My husband and I make a good team.
Some things you can’t prepare for.
It is an awesome responsibility to be trusted with the care of another person(I already knew this, but still…).