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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 9/3/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Last shift was an exciting one....
     My partner and I were riding around.  Traffic was a little congested but not bad ( it being Labor day weekend and all).  We just passed this somewhat danderous intersection.  It was a bit of a cluster but we managed through.  Got about 1/4 mile away and we get toned for a head-on motor vehicle accident with injury at that same intersection.
     We both looked at each other....  There was no place to turn around.  He threw on the lights and sirens and we did a five point turn in the middle of the road.  Traffic is at a stand still.  Driving up the wrong side of the road, we get back to the intersection.  Both lanes are blocked off.  Car pieces everywhere.  One patient was still in her car, and the airbags hadn't gone off.  The other patient was out of the vehicle with both airbags deployed and seemed like no engine left.
     My partner went to the 80 year old still in the car, and i went to check on the 70 year old walking around.  My patient was in shock I suppose.  Not mention she is a naturalist.  I'll explain that in a bit.  I told her my name and asked her if I could check to see if she was alright.  She agree'd.  I checked her out no major injuries to her neck or back, thats a +.  Then she showed me her arms.  From wrist to arm pit, nasty bulges ( known as hematomas ).  I asked her were her arms were on the steering wheel when the accident accured.  She said they were both on the top of the steering wheel, and she was holding on for dear life.
     FYI:  Let go of steering wheel in a accident........
     She was holding on so tight she got blisters on the pads of her fingers.  All ten of them.  So, after this, she did not want to be checked anymore she just needed her rescue drops.  I was like "what ?".  Natural herbal remidy drops you rub on injuries and also swallow.  I was like what ever......  I went to my partner and gave him update.  He gave me his patient and I mine.  He's better at convincing people they need to be checked.  So our other ambulance showed up and helped me strap this lady to a board and load her.  Started vitals, and another call comes in so the other ambulance had to leave.
     I'm in the back tending to my patient, and my partner shows up, says here another backboard put it on the bench seat and strap her in.  So I do so, I start getting vitals on this one, and he asks you gonna be alset?  Yah sure, whats 2 patients and just me....  It was really nice when the Fire Fighter jumped in back with me to help. It's a little bit of a harry ride standing up in the back of an ambulance going code 3....LOL   
     They both were wearing their seat belts.  seems funny that the one with the most injuries wore a belt and had airbag deployment.  They both went home with minor injuries.  Could have been way worse.  And this all happened 1 hour after the start of my shift.  I go back tomorrow for round 2......
Oh a naturalist....ummm  herbal suppliments, no prescription drugs....that kinda
Take care all
Life Can Be A Challenge.... 
 Expect The Un-expected....
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 9/4/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Bonnie,

That was a great story!!!!!  Very cool for sure.  You lead such an exciting life.  The blisters on all ten fingers was crazy. 

Okay I have a story for you, Bonnie, and of course anyone else who is bored enough to read.

This happened several years ago, well before MS symptoms.  It was the first day of school and after a day of procedures and rules and getting to know you games, I figured my 5th graders needed some fun.  So we went out for some "pillow polo".  This is very much like field hocky but you play with these safe padded sticks and the ball is like a basketball sized nerf ball.  I always play despite wearing my first-day-of-school best clothes.  I play in the middle of the field and simply whack the ball toward which ever team happens to be behind. 

In the course of play, I tripped over one of my students.  I flew throught the air for so long that I had several complete thoughts.  My first thought was that I was going to land with my skirt flipped up over my backside and I would really frighten my new class.  Second, I was so afraid that I was going to land on the poor girl who I tripped over and crush her horribly.  And last I was afraid that I was going to ruin my new skirt with grass stains.  Well I eventually came in for a landing and to my relief, none of those things came to pass.  My new class, so filled with respect for me, fell about the place in hysterics. 

After returning to class, one boy in my class raised his hand and asked, "Mrs. M, why were you lying in the center of the field?" This of course sent the class into more laughter, apparently this young man didn't actually see me fall and only saw me on the ground.  Hehe, will I hope that does justice to the exciting stories Bonnie tells us

Anyone else have an amusing work story to share?

Love, prayers and laughter,


diagnosed: MS  July 2006
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.  It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Beecher

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