Letter From Home
I first heard this probably five years ago. It was by accident, in fact; I had no idea that this piece existed, other than the above title. As it turns out, I actually have a recording of this on compact disc that I didn’t realize was on the collection it was included in. Aaron Copland composed this piece in 1944 at the request of orchestra director Paul Whiteman. He wanted music that would support the war effort at the time, and ultimately this was performed during a broadcast of The Philco Radio Hour. It is evocative; things that come to mind when listening to it, at least for me, include nostalgia for a time in ou...
Source: Qui Interrogat - October 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Work
Most people who’ve read posts I’ve written, either in this venue or the previous blog I hosted, are aware of my profession. I am a Paramedic. I like to think I’m pretty good at my job, but I know full well there is always room for improvement. I also teach, and that actually helps me with my knowledge level. It’s important to learn new things, or at least review what you already know. I believe that, no matter what kind of work anyone does, we should always strive to be better. Not just for ourselves, but also, and more importantly, for those we serve. In my previous career I worked as a technology ...
Source: Qui Interrogat - October 5, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Life – Over The Past Month
I was out of work for 31 days, from August 16 until September 17. The reason is because I had surgery on my left knee, an arthroscopy of the medial meniscus. It got damaged somehow; the cause is unknown to me. It started becoming problematic sometime around Christmas 2018, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I figured it had to be something fairly minor which would resolve itself. However, it didn’t. And ultimately it led to my being evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, having to get X-Rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging on my knee, and finally having the surgical procedure performed to fix the problem...
Source: Qui Interrogat - September 21, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Space We Live In
Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic period.–Feng Menglong (1627) This post is going to be a little bit disjointed. I actually started writing it 8 weeks ago and never got back to it. So I had to work with multiple streams of my own level of consciousness in putting it together. For that, I apologize. Before I go any further, I simply want to remind the reading audience of the name of this blog. It is Qui Interrogat, a Latin phrase roughly translated to mean “He Asks.” And I’m doing this because my intent with this post is not to state any opinions (although t...
Source: Qui Interrogat - September 20, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Recalling A Bad Month
The last post I put up was not quite one year ago. To be honest, it has been difficult to find time to write. Even more than that, I haven’t had the desire to write about anything. Life, to be honest, has just been too busy. Most of the activity has been normal life stuff, but there have been some things that I should have written about. Because life has a strange way of throwing curve balls at any of us… An example of this centers around our changing domicile. My wife and I had to pack up and move this past November. It was not a voluntary move; the property management company that owned the house decided the...
Source: Qui Interrogat - March 19, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Spring
I haven’t posted anything here in a really long time. But I discovered that an Android app exists, so I loaded it on my phone. This will make it easier for me to actually get back into the swing of writing again. I’m hopeful it will make me not have excuses to express myself. Today is April 24. We are a month into Spring and it appears to have finally shown up. As I write this it is 65 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The sun is shining. And while I am still working today, I am in a T-shirt; my uniform shirt is waiting to be put on. Plus I’m in no hurry to put it on. New England weather is a funny thing, espec...
Source: Qui Interrogat - April 24, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Queen of Heaven
On this Monday after Easter, sung at Compline in many religious communities and monasteries under the auspices of the Catholic Church… Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,  Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.  Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia. Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum lætificare dignatus es: præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ. Per eundem Christum...
Source: Qui Interrogat - March 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Snow In March
Late March, at that. The first day of spring, officially, was yesterday. You wouldn’t know it by today’s weather, though. Last night and early this morning the area where I live received probably three inches of snow. While that by itself isn’t a big deal, apparently there was a short tremor near me with the epicenter near Hopkinton, New Hampshire. I wasn’t aware of it until a few minutes before I started writing this, and apparently it lasted for 20-30 seconds. Considering we’re talking about New England weather, this isn’t terribly aberrant. Just the same, it is a little bit annoying. ...
Source: Qui Interrogat - March 21, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

A Vicious Cycle
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. —George Santyana The violence this past Friday night in Chicago underscores how nasty this political cycle has become. It also shows, pretty blatantly, I think, how out of control things are. This morning, Donald Trump accused Bernie Sanders of being responsible for the protesters starting trouble at the site where the debate was to be held. Frankly, I thought that was pretty absurd;  like much of what Trump says, his words are not based on anything factual. Rather, as usual, he says things that are intended to cause people to no...
Source: Qui Interrogat - March 14, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Venues
Working in different places can be unsettling, especially if you are in a place for the first time and aren’t used to the lay of the land. For the next few hours, at least, I am finding myself in that place. My employer – the one I work for full-time – in addition to covering a number of communities in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts, also covers six towns in southeastern New Hampshire. By virtue of being licensed in New Hampshire as well as carrying certification in Massachusetts, I have the opportunity to work in both coverage areas. As I write this I am posted at the Hampstead Fire Departm...
Source: Qui Interrogat - March 3, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Eavesdropping
Sitting in the room that functions as a library listening to the chatter in the room. It is actually pretty interesting and a little freaky; there were multiple conversations going on but now there is only one, and the topic keeps changing. It’s like listening to a room full of people who all have Attention Deficit Disorder. Almost funny, but not quite. Right now the thread is related to the busy nature of Friday overnights, the hair stylings of one of our supervisors, and the different vehicles that the Massachusetts State Police utilizes for operations statewide. Now two of the folks working are playing with a tape...
Source: Qui Interrogat - March 2, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Parking Lot
I don’t want to be indoors today. This is in spite of the light drizzle that is falling as I write this. So my partner and I are sitting in the truck, listening to music, waiting. I ate some of my lunch a little while ago as well. We are both doing our own thing while we wait. She’s on her phone, presumably texting or surfing, and I am doing this. Last night Martha and I watched the Oscars. With all of the publicity surrounding this year’s proceedings, I was expecting the experience to be a lot more tense. Actually, it wasn’t that at all; it was reasonably well done. At least I thought so. Parts of ...
Source: Qui Interrogat - February 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

No Absolute Time
I haven’t written in this blog for a long time. It has been a lot longer than I had originally planned, in fact. I have simply been busy, and stressed, and otherwise occupied. That means that I have no excuses for not writing. It’s just that I have excuses for not writing, if that makes sense. In fact, it is where the title of this entry gets its inspiration. “No Absolute Time” is the title of an album by jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. The underlying theme of the music on this album is about the concept of time, which he gets from the great physicist Albert Einstein. The latter’s premise, wh...
Source: Qui Interrogat - February 26, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Schedules
My work schedule changed yesterday. Instead of the floating, uncertain schedule that I had for the first 5 months of working at my full-time job, I have a fixed schedule. I am now working Monday through Friday, 11AM-7PM. If yesterday is any indication of how things are going to go, I am going to be good with it. How does an EMS provider land such a schedule, you might ask? Most of the time we work 24 hour shifts. The reason for this one is because it is what is known as an “impact” truck. What that means is that we are on the schedule for the busiest part of the day. That in itself is fine; give me two back-to...
Source: Qui Interrogat - December 1, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Conflicting Thoughts on Recent Events
Lately we all have seen the horrible carnage of terrorist attacks that have been broadcast in the media. 147 killed in Kenya in a terrorist attack on a University 43 killed in Lebanon by a suicide bomber. 239 injured 224 killed over Egypt in a Russian aircraft that was bombed while in flight Coordinated attacks in Paris. 129 killed and hundreds more injured I have no other word than “horrible” to describe all of this. Over 400 people – innocent people in different corners of the world – killed. This is horrible enough. But there is more. I have done a lot of thinking about not just what has ...
Source: Qui Interrogat - November 17, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

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1775-2015 – 240 Years Young     Today is the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Some people, looking at this, will likely think, “Why is he celebrating that?” If you don’t know me, and you’re asking that question, then you deserve to know. If you do know me and you’re asking that question, then slap yourself in the head with the palm of your hand, because you should already know why I am writing about this. For those of you who don’t know, I served in the Marine Corps from June of 1980 until June of 1984, and again as a Marine Reservist from August...
Source: Qui Interrogat - November 10, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

The Oral Station
I imagine that some people, when they read the title of this post,  will maybe have unsavory thoughts cross their mind.  If you do, shame on you. But I will admit that the title can be somewhat misleading.The past two Sundays I've worked as an ALS skills evaluator at different testing sites. Both are always well-run, and the group of cadre that work as evaluators are a dedicated bunch of people. Not to mention interesting and always somewhat dysfunctional. This exam is skills - based as opposed to written; there is one of those as well, and as exams go it is among the most challenging exam I had ever taken. All t...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - January 20, 2015 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Images
Statue of St. Benedict of NursiaPhoto by W. Trachim I have always liked photography. There is something to be said about artistry when talking about photographs as opposed to painting, writing, music, or any other artistic medium. I have never, ever considered myself an artist of any sort, even when I was working as a musician. And while many people would say that music is indeed an artistic medium (I would never argue that point, by the way), I think I've always considered music to be more technical. And I suspect I have this view because I have always believed that numbers and music are intimately intertwined.Photog...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - December 30, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

The 2014 Holidays
I often find myself reflecting on this subject - at least once a year. And it only happens because of the difficulty that seems to be present. When it does, I am fully aware of the weight it adds to me. Figuratively, of course. And I am certainly not the only person who has trouble during the holiday season. It's a hard time of year for many people.Two days ago - Tuesday - was an especially difficult day for no apparent reason. I got up, went to work, and proceeded to find myself feeling as though I'd been grated by sand paper. I don't know another way of describing the feeling, but there it is. Plus, I was feeling depress...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - December 18, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Searching For A Subject
I've been working on this post off and on for about a week. I have not been writing at all lately, or even infrequently at best. It's not because I've lost interest, but I seem to have run out of steam.Part of the reason that I write infrequently or sporadically is because of the difficulty I have in finding things to write about. It's not that subjects aren't available; certainly there are. My problem seems to be that there is simply too much to consider. At least I think that is what's going on, but I can't be sure. With that in mind, I have some things percolating in my head that I may actually be able to put in a post....
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - October 22, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Weekend's Early Start
Saturday morning and it's growing light.I look out my window and remember the night.The story is starting and this story endsAnd I feel like I need you again.Time used to mose softly when I was at home.It went on without me, and left me alone.Now it's sits at my shoulder and claws at my handAnd I feel like I need you again.Well, I recall September, and leaves turned brownRemember October, left leaves on the ground.And here comes December like an elderly friend.And I feel like I need you again.-- Tom ChapinIt is nice to have weekends off, for the most part. I get to spend time with my family, which is something that was den...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - September 27, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

The Dark Morning
"It is always darkest before the dawn breaks" is a quote I have heard more than once. The meaning of this is usually that in a bad situation the worst of it occurs before turning the corner. In this case, however, I have the more literal interpretation that quote in mind.As I write this I am at work, and there is nearly nothing going on. I'm sitting at the desk us Paramedics refer to as "The Penalty Box." It is approximately the same size as a regulation hockey rink sized penalty box with not a lot of room. On the desk surface in front of me are a computer screen and keyboard, a telephone, a monitor for...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - September 15, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

The Bounce
Well then. I finally drew up the strength to write this post. It has been a challenge this summer, to say the least. It has taken me a while to digest everything I've been working through, but I think I'm finally able to write about it all. Since the last post I wrote on May 2, a few things have happened that I probably should comment on.  The most significant of these is the passing of my mother. She died on May 5 after a long struggle with her health. She had a lot of stuff going on, some of which I have written about in the past. The most significant thing she had to deal with was dementia.  She was aware of h...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - August 22, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Twilight
My mother is dying.Someday we all will die - that is a fact. In my line of work I see people actively dying often enough, plus I deal with enough situations where efforts to resuscitate someone who is clinically dead is called for.  Sometimes we get them back. Most times we don't. And I suspect this will not be one of those times.We've been watching her decline for some time. Between suffering from dementia and battling the hematologic disorders she was diagnosed with, plus other chronic conditions that have affected her, she has had a difficult time. All of her medications, with the exception of those being given for...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - May 2, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Marathon Monday
As I write this post there are two major events going on in Boston: the 18th Boston Marathon and the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. I'm not certain how many years the Sox have played on Marathon Monday, but I know it has been many. For a number of years I worked during the Marathon with staff covering the portion of the route that runs a through Newton. There are a good number of my friends and colleagues of mine working on the route now.The air is definitely different this year. Last year, with the events surrounding the race and the aftermath, turned out to be unspeakably hard for so many people. The stori...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - April 21, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

The Night Shift - Round Two
Another mobile post on the overnight shift. It is interesting being the first person people see when they walk in. Regardless of who they are and why they come, in principle all should be treated the same way. Sometimes, however, it's difficult to do that, mainly because the people who come are not always forthcoming with the truth. When that happens, my inner cynic wakes up, and the voices in my head become loud indeed.Some general observations I've made:1. The sickest people don't come on their own. And usually they don't want to come here if they can help it. Those are the ones you know will die without help.2. Those pe...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - April 10, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Hands Free
I'm trying something new. Rather than use a keyboard, I'm going to compose this with my voice rather than with my fingers. My new phone has hands free capability. My old phone did as well, but I never used it because I didn't think I could. Also, I didn't realize the phone had it until it finally died.  The only thing that I'm having trouble figuring out is how to insert carriage returns or extra spaces or any specific punctuation. I know that if I say certain words like the word "period" or "comma" they will insert automatically. However, I don't know how to plug in other types of punctuation or a...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - April 8, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

A New Toy
I had to replace my phone. I was having trouble with applications crashing regularly and with the phone running out of memory. It was starting to become a real issue as this is how most people I know contact me. Plus I wasn't due for an upgrade until October.Last night Martha surprised me with a new phone. A Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I had an idea she was getting it for me but I wasn't entirely sure. But she showed up at work last night with a Verizon bag in her hands. In the bag was the phone. The tech at the store got the number activated but left the rest for me. I was absolutely fine with that because I am somewhat partic...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - April 4, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

The Night Shift
About six weeks ago I started working in the Emergency Department at one of our hospitals. I work up front, greeting patients and doing the first step of triage. In a nutshell, that is the core of the job. It is not that difficult, but the key skill someone in this position has to have is the ability to discern who is really sick and needs immediate care as opposed to those who can wait. Most of the time it isn't difficult. Sometimes it is; it depends on the volume and the circumstances.Most of my scheduled shifts are overnight, from 10PM to 8AM. Occasionally, however, I'll pick up other shifts as well. I work approximatel...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - March 17, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Four Degrees
That is the current temperature outside as I write this post. Nearly 1:00AM and I am still awake. What a surprise.... I suppose that has become the new normal over the past few weeks. Probably due to the changes in my work schedule; I have no doubt that the modifications I've made recently have contributed to the weird hours I keep these days.One of the changes is relatively recent; I started working in the Emergency Department at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester a couple of weeks ago. I was hired for 24 hours per week to work up front, and I am orienting in the department now. It will take me approximately 5-6 weeks ...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - February 7, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

No Color
Or at least very little....I took this photo right outside of my front door. The only real color that is present is in three distinct areas. The first is the fire hydrant at the bottom left. The second is the stop sign. The third is on the building across the street.They are splashes, at best. Note that there is really not much else in the picture. The white SUV in the middle of the shot was accidental; I couldn't have planned that if I tried. All I wanted to do was capture the dirty whiteness of the old snow on the ground, the deep gray of the pavement, and the off-gray in the sky. The white building across the street act...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - January 21, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Processing
I hate writing hard posts. Unfortunately, this is one of them. While I haven't written one like this in a long time, I find that doing so helps me work through the difficulty I have dealing with what is in front of me. And this is one of those times where I feel a real need to do that.This past Thursday I worked one of my shifts at the firehouse. Normal, not too difficult. Went out once at 7:15PM-ish for a call. Chris, my partner, and I had planned grab dinner, but we got sent out. I forgot to mention that we had a third rider, a department member that has ridden with me in the past. Andy - nice guy, really bright, but nee...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - January 20, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Spring Thaw?
Interesting. It is winter in New England, but you wouldn't necessarily know it. It isn't cold, but it isn't warm, either - about 42-43 degrees Farenheit. Raining. The rain probably explains why I don't feel especially well. Mild sore throat and a little bit achy. I'm hoping that the concoction of over-the-counter medication I took earlier does its job. The sooner the better; I have to work tonight.Yesterday should have been the first day of classes for me in PA school. I've been a bit sad because of not being able to go. While I'm hopeful that I'll be able to go next year I'm not terribly certain about it happening. Mainly...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - January 14, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Alternative Paths
Sometimes we end up going down roads we don't expect to travel on. Other times we know that we're going to have to go places thinking that we'll take a certain path and then discovering that we have to travel to places we hadn't planned on going. It is certainly that way with life; here I expected to be doing something now that is totally different than what I am doing. While I'm not especially happy about the detour I am on, I figure that there has to be a reason for it.As many of you know, I was planning on starting PA school this week. As you also know, that didn't come to pass. I'm still smarting over that, but I've go...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - January 10, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

New Year's 2014
We are now officially into 2014. I can say that 2013 has been a weird year; to characterize it has been difficult at best. Truthfully I don't quite know how to do that. Personally, I am still reeling with not having been able to go to PA school this year. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do next year; if I can pay for it (and I'm able to get accepted again, which I should be able to do) I will go. God willing of course. But I have to get there first. It is a part of the journey that I absolutely didn't expect to take. And I am not happy about it. But I'll do what I have to, I suppose.One thing that has been a t...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - January 1, 2014 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Christmas 2013
Another Christmas is here. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Not the material stuff; I could care less about that. I guess I didn't know how the day would be. Considering the mad insanity the whole month preceding today has been, I think I was expecting more chaos. But there has been none of that. Today has been, at least so far, a fulfilling, quiet day. I expect it should stay that way. The best part is that I am not working, which I am very happy about. I am spending the day with my beloved, and I am most happy about that. It is a great gift.On that note, I will keep this a short post; I can write more another time....
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - December 25, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Christmas 2014
Another Christmas is here. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Not the material stuff; I could care less about that. I guess I didn't know how the day would be. Considering the mad insanity the whole month preceding today has been, I think I was expecting more chaos. But there has been none of that. Today has been, at least so far, a fulfilling, quiet day. I expect it should stay that way. The best part is that I am not working, which I am very happy about. I am spending the day with my beloved, and I am most happy about that. It is a great gift.On that note, I will keep this a short post; I can write more another time....
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - December 25, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Measurable Snow
As I write this, I am watching snow fall outside of my house. It is not terribly cold out, but the snow is definitely falling. It's not a huge surprise; since we're into the second week of December there should be an expectation of snowfall by now. And I believe we'll see a lot more of it this winter.I've found as I've gotten older I have a lot less tolerance for cold weather. When I was a young man I really enjoyed going outside and doing things in the snow. But it's more clear as each day goes by that age works on us and time works against us, no matter what. There is considerably more creakiness now than there was ten o...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - December 10, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

December
Historically, the last 31 days of any given year have been difficult for me. For some reason, this one has been especially hard. I think part of the reason for that is due to the issues I ran into with not being able to go to graduate school. As of right now I have still not gotten over having to put it off. Plus, with the holidays approaching I find life is a little harder. Also, I have been working a lot more lately. My average work week has been between 55 and 70 hours per week. It is tiring, for sure. But I have to do it. My current situation requires me to do it. No choice. I had actually started writing about the fif...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - December 7, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Transfers
As I write this I'm working on an ALS transfer truck in Boston I should be trying to sleep but I'm practicing two thumb journalism instead. I'm still attempting to figure out why I agreed to work the shifts I'm on as I came in for 12 noon today, worked until 8:00 pm, came back on for an overnight shift, and tomorrow I'm on from 12:00 until 11pm before heading home. I must be out of my mind, but there is a method to the madness. My plans for graduate school, unfortunately, are scuttled for the foreseeable future. I'm going to have to put it off for 12 months, like it or not, because I ran into a problem with financing the p...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - November 5, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

A Harvest-Ending Holiday
Halloween. Or more acurately, Hallowe'en. An interesting holiday. I have some thoughts and observations. One is the traditional "trick or treat" fun and games that happen in the evening. Pranks and mischief also tend to happen, sometimes with destructive consequences. And sometimes young adults get a little carried away. All I can think of is the antics in the movie Animal House, and I suspect I will encounter some of that tonight while I'm working. "Samhain" is an old Celtic celebration marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of the "dark season" of the year: winter. Wiccans and ne...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - October 31, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Shutdown
Well, it happened. The United States government closed for business. Personally, I am not at all surprised it happened. I'm really disappointed, of course (and I'm being tactful using the word "disappointed"), but I am not surprised. The reason I'm not surprised is very simple, and it has nothing to do, at least directly, with the supposed reasons for it. But I have my own opinion, I'll get to that. The big question is how long it will last. I don't think anyone knows the answer. It's painfully clear that the losers in this are the American people. No matter how long this goes on, the economy is going to take a...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - October 1, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Observing Events at the Navy Yard
I have been following events at the Washington Navy Yard since they started to unfold this morning. Multiple, differing news reports of either a single or multiple shooters that have injured or killed a number of people in what is being described as a "shooting rampage" from reporting by CNN. As I write this post I'm watching a news briefing by the chief of the Metropolitan DC Police. It is still an active, ongoing incident, involving multiple agencies. Reports of at least 10 wounded and 3 dead are what are being published right now. I some immediate thoughts about this. First, it seems that because it is ongoi...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - September 16, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

On Being A Grandparent
Peyton is my grand-daughter. She is three years old, and she is full of life. And I am so proud of her. I have to say, however, that I wasn't initially prepared for the experience. But it really is rewarding to watch her grow up. When my kids were her age, I was happy to watch them grow and change as well, but this is a little bit different. First, she isn't my child; she is my child's child. Not my responsibility, but I feel just as strongly responsible for her as I did for my kids at her age, mainly because she and her mother, my daughter Kerry, both live with us. And both Martha and me have taken an active role in...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - September 4, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Solving Problems
Lots of that going on. Nothing major, at least in the big picture. Work is work. Life goes on. And I fluctuate between fatigue and insomnia, with a little bit of anxiety thrown in from time to time to make things interesting. Currently I'm working on financing PA school. I got a letter yesterday detailing financial aid that I've been awarded. The initial award covers about half of the tuition. I've started looking at some other sources as well, including other loans and grants. The shortfall that I need to cover for the first year, including other expenses, is approximately $30,000.00. Money is out there; it simply need...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - August 7, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Hijinks On The Mountain, Holiday Style
"Ambulance 1, stage at Summit and Back Mountain Road. Lost hikers." Should this be a surprise? Perhaps. But it isn't. This comes after two previous calls, the first being an individual who filleted their forearm after multiple rounds of alcohol and the second being a minor motorcycle accident. So we stage. In the meantime, an engine company assignment and the covering officer were dispatched to the area where the hikers were supposed to be near, at least according to the coordinates the cell phone of the hiker who called for help. When the other responding units arrived they prepared to go into the area where t...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - July 10, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Bumps In The Pavement
There have been a few of those over the past couple of weeks. I haven't been handling stress well lately for some reason, and it has manifested itself my being irritable around those people that mean the most to me. I feel badly about that. By writing about it here, I guess I'm admitting that I am no different than anyone else in that I experience periods of human weakness. Over the past few weeks, Martha has had surgery to repair a problem with one of her knees and has had to deal with complications, my mother's condition continues to deteriorate steadily, and we found out earlier this week that the property our house is...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - June 20, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

More To The Story?
I've been following the news about Edward Snowdon, the individual who gave interviews to British newspaper The Guardian regarding his leaking information about surveillance activities conducted by the National Security Agency. The news coverage - and the opinions - has been, for a lack of better description, all over the place. Depending on who you follow, and what you believe, he is either a hero or a traitor. And, in my opinion, there is no middle ground on this issue. Personally, I don't think there can be, either; it's pretty clear that this was not a lukewarm act. If nothing else, his actions were decisive. Some...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - June 10, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Fortitude
 "Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”                                                                                                           &nbs...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - June 5, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs

Blur
I haven't written an EMS related post in a while.  The title of this post is indicative of the amount of activity I've been around recently. The past 5 days have been pretty busy both locally and in the Boston area.  Busy enough,  in fact,  that I can't keep track of a lot of what's been going on,  as far as work is concerned. That said,  some highlights include: -- Three cardiac arrests -- A rollover where the driver extricated himself and ended up being arrested for DUI. I actually felt a little sorry for this character -- A car into a house.  The driver was a diabetic and his blood gl...
Source: Life in Manch Vegas - June 4, 2013 Category: Ambulance Crew Source Type: blogs