31 October 2008

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  • 08:25 Fat angry guys, with distinct accents have found a home on youtube. I never knew. There is one from brooklyn and one from Boston. #
  • 08:56 Riding on the ambulance, playing para-god. 70 hours left. Got 2 days off this weekend! #
  • 10:28 Happy All Saints Day (AKA All Hallows eve) #
  • 10:38 First IV attempt in a while, and could not get the catheter to advance further. At least I didn't blow the vein! #
  • 13:27 Allergic reaction. PT took 75mg Benadryl PO & used epi-pen. Today is ALS day I guess!?* #
  • 14:24 Is it wrong to finnish your reeses peanut butter cup sundae while responding to a diabetic emergency? #
  • 15:01 Hypoglycemia. Blood sugar=40 PT fading slowly. Almost tried oral glucose, but PT no able to follow commands. IV 18ga R AC 1 amp D50. fixed! #
  • 17:03 Jumping on the WotW 2 via twitter. Seach for (#) wotw2 to see the entire thread on twitter..... #
  • 17:06 Time 16:54 edt, Louisville, KY- Working medic 2 all day, people seem to have lost control. Extremely busy, what the hell is going on? #wotw2 #
  • 17:08 Hearing sporatic reports of attacks on east & west coasts. Ohio valley in panic, EMS system overloaded with trauma patients. #wotw2 #
  • 17:16 5th ALS PT today 2/3 on IV's. Extremely busy today. Must be some sort of pegan holiday? #
  • 17:18 Traffic at a stand still, people abandoning cars. Dispatch has not mentioned anything, something big is happening and we don't know. #
  • 17:27 Traffic at a stand still, people abandoning cars. Dispatch has not mentioned anything, something big is happening and we don't know.#wotw2 #
  • 17:33 LMPD swat assembled, multi KY National Guard untis on the road, guns in hand. Next trip to hospital I need to check news #wotw2 #
  • 18:17 Explosions can be heard in the distance. Large flashes of orange light preceed noise. KY Gov. telling people to remain inside!? #wotw2 #
  • 19:35 Aliens comming around demanding candied goods. Strange, we might defeat them by hyperglycemic coma! #wotw2 #
  • 19:50 Multiple working fires, mandatory recall for all public safety employees of the Metro. Dark clouds on horizon. #wotw2 #
  • 19:52 Blackout! Sun setting and darkness approches. Chaos is taking hold, and we are without info! Where's my damn ham HT? #wotw2 #
  • 20:48 Link to the War of the World 2 twitter style: search.twitter.com/search?q=wotw2 #
  • 22:14 Finally after working 84 hours this week, I have 2 days off! I'm sleeping in tomorrow! #
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30 October 2008

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  • 06:47 Working at firehouse today. Going to try to have a better day than yesterday. #
  • 08:13 WooHoo! I get to go to a Cable Barrier Class today. Oh boy, this sounds like (insert sarcastic remark here)! #
  • 12:56 Going to do more fire inspections. Woohoo Big box stores. I am so excited! #
  • 15:01 Some one save me from inept officers! I am surrounded. #
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29 October 2008

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  • 06:39 Ok, I'm pissed. Some lazy crew left a dirty needle in my ambulance, and yes i got stuck. I found it in the IV start packs. Lazy medics. #
  • 07:56 Hey IT guys & gals, I'm thinking of a degree in CIT is it worth all the work? How stable is the IT field? #
  • 13:37 Degree choices for me: Fire Science & safety; Computers. Due to my schedule, not many normal degrees will work well. #
  • 13:42 Going to go get checked out (poss. blood work) for earlier needle stick. My day keeps getting better. #
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28 October 2008

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  • 07:38 Working for the man. 82 hours left of ride time. #
  • 08:06 1st run for the Ambulance. Code 3 BLS to an MVA. I will wait for an ALS run, since I do not need the contacts. #
  • 10:13 Movies I need to own: Kentucky Fried Movie, Student Bodies. Want to see Grindhouse. Funny as hell! #
  • 10:40 "Your father's name was yuck? Tell me about your father. did you like yuck?" #
  • 12:47 I want to go camping. Fall is great, not too hot cool at night. Camping with my wife & dogs. Sounds like a good weekend. #
  • 12:49 Maybe when paramedic is finished I can go camping :D And hiking, climbing, rappelling... I miss my life. Damn you buckster! #
  • 18:18 I'm a dope. All this time trying to capture "perfect light" using zone system. I'm going 21st century and trying HDR! #
  • 18:23 Ok, first rule of HDR is you need to have a HDR in the image. Some of the ones I've seen have little contrast and are enhanced using HDR #
  • 18:25 to add contrast. It doesn't work that way. 2nd I don't like the fakeness of some. I am a realist, & don't like the drawn look. #
  • 18:26 Composition shouldn't be forgotten. BLS before ALS. Compose image then HDR. Baby steps. #
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27 October 2008

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  • 06:33 Another 24 hours of putting up with narrow minded bosses @ the station. #
  • 08:44 Feel like a big ball of negative energy. I'm trying to fight this, but it envelopes me. #
  • 08:46 Does a specific degree matter anymore? I will probably get Fire science degree cause it can fit into my schedule easily. #
  • 08:47 Not many colleges can account for a 24/48 schedule. Not many online degree choices either. #
  • 11:20 Lunch @ Bob Evans. More fire inspections this afternoon. Oh joy! #
  • 14:03 "Do you get this....do you know there's other countries?" - Eddie Izzard #
  • 23:37 Alright Twitterverse, I'm going to sleep now. Lets try to have a better tomorrow, shall we? #
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26 October 2008

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  • 17:04 Cleaned the Kitchen, Washed the dogs. Going to walk the dogs in a little while. No days off until next Saturday. #
  • 17:29 Still wondering what type of degree to get. I ned to get a degree but in what? #
  • 17:29 Damn, maybe I can learn to spell better. NEED. #
  • 19:06 Walked the dogs, trimmed one's nails w/ a dremmel. Time for dinner. #
  • 21:06 Good night twitterverse. Must get up @ 5am for work. #
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25 October 2008

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  • 07:24 Providing free labor to the paramedics. 96 hours until I finish. Got to sleep all night @ firehouse. #
  • 10:04 There are 2 paramedic students riding today. I'm on 2nd truck. We are making a poss. kitchen fire. First run for me today. #
  • 10:38 Going to 85yo female uncontrolled nose bleed. Code 3 BLS. Yawn. #
  • 12:31 Attempted lunch. We were next ALS truck up for run. Surprise surprise, we got a run just when we ordered food. #
  • 13:16 MVA took 2 refusals. Some one tried to pull a U-turn on the interstate. Didn't work out well for them. #
  • 17:46 It's been a day of BLS runs & refusals, albiet a very busy day. Cleared another MVA, why do we have more MVAs when its sunny? #
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24 October 2008

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  • 05:03 There seems to be water falling from the sky. I have not seen this in a long time, what do they call this phenom? #
  • 06:53 Another day of watching stupid people freak out over finances. Cold & rainy in the Metro. MVAs are the order for the day. #
  • 09:36 Going to hazmat training this morning. Its on the other side of the county. #
  • 09:40 Ok I'm at training for 10 minutes and we lost power. It's going to be that kind of day. #
  • 11:29 Power is back. More death by power point. We don't even get to do stinger ops; grounding & bonding due to rain. #
  • 14:03 A friend on Facebook asked why I am always training. Here is the list of diciplines I must maintain for my job: Swiftwater/Flood rescue... #
  • 14:05 Confined Space rescue, hazmat tech, EMT, Rope rescue, Trench Rescue, Vehicular rescue, Fire Inspector, Fire instructor, Child seat tech... #
  • 14:08 Apparatus Operator and "if no one else cansolve the problem ask the fire dept." type skill. Thats why I am always in training. #
  • 15:46 Crew is working out at the gym. Sun finally came out. #
  • 16:57 Firehouse software is getting on my nerves. I need someone familiar with DB management to assist. Anyone familiar with Visual Fox pro? #
  • 17:00 Teams I belong to: Region 6 hazmat; Water Rescue; LMUS&R; Trench Rescue; My department is the Confined space & rope team for the area. #
  • 17:01 I train more than I actually perform any of these tasks. I guess thats a good thing. No one wants a disaster of any kind where we are needed #
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23 October 2008

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  • 06:15 3 runs since 4am. Canceled on 1st run, Checked a PT in PD custody (no transport), and a refusal of all treatment on 3rd run. #
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22 October 2008

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  • 07:37 24 hours riding on the ambulance. 1st call PT assist. What's next? #
  • 08:57 46 minutes into shift, 3rd run for Ambulance company #
  • 09:03 Difficulty breathing, possible return of pneumonia (PT had back in august). Demand pacemaker, CHF. #
  • 12:31 Got to eat a little lunch. Run #4 overdose. 9th run for this service today. #
  • 12:38 Cancled per PD. Guess it wasn't what they thought. Back to eating Pad Thai (luckily we got it to go) & edamemae #
  • 19:51 Why do we get runs during meals? People are very inconsiderate. #
  • 20:49 Lac to R leg. Yes she needs stitches, but what an obnoxious woman. People are dense, and we need some darwinian population control! #
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21 October 2008

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  • 09:11 118 hours left of ride time. Doing 24hrs tomorrow.There is a light at the end of the tunnel! #
  • 09:56 Coffee, Roger Waters music (RADIO KAOS at the moment), peacful morning. Pondering.... #
  • 10:22 reviewing and critiquing other people's work on photosig.com is.gd/4gKk #
  • 10:23 It's really amazing to see other people's artistic expressions with their cameras. #
  • 10:28 I need to work on my still life set ups. I've had several ideas that never came out as I saw them. #
  • 12:19 WooHoo got 2 kills in a P47D-25. Flying is fun! #
  • 13:30 Damnit. Cable is out so no internet flying. Guess I'll have to occupy myself. Maybe its nap time? #
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20 October 2008

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  • 07:19 Working @ OC today. #
  • 10:20 Watched West Wing. I miss that show. Watching 13th Warrior now. Not best movie but it will do for now. #
  • 15:25 Sunny day tomorrow. Thinking of taking some photos? We shall see! #
  • 17:04 Looking for inspiration, a muse of sorts. Maybe I can find a quiet place to think. #
  • 22:58 Listening to tunes, trying to sleep. Too many thoughts. Thinking of a friend, almost lost and in need of reconciliation. #
  • 22:59 Could be a long visit home in January. Too many ends need tying, cutting or otherwise straightening. Do i have the patience or time? #
  • 23:02 Feel like a lost sailor, compass card spinning, helm swaying to and fro. Have I benn too long at sea? #
  • 23:13 Trying to figure out how to capture a song in a still image keeping the emotional impact of the music. Brain hurts. #
  • 23:23 Twitter is my brain unfiltered, a dangerous thing when I feed my brain glucose. It likes to think and it's hard to turn off! #
  • 23:34 Listening to Dvorak New World Symphony. Searching for creative inspiration (not mechanical respiration). #
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19 October 2008

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  • 07:52 No Sleep. Runs @ 11pm, 1am Apt fire at 4am. Very tired. 12 more hours of ambulance time! #
  • 09:21 No really you are just sick. Does anyone take their own temp. anymore? Dizzy, nausea, vomitting are s/s of being sick! No need for ambulance #
  • 09:22 I'm going to take a nap in the ambulance. Maybe next run will provide more excitement. #
  • 13:47 Crap, off for 2 shifts and I can't hit garden hose with a lawn dart! #
  • 13:51 PT c/o weak & dizzy. Sinus tach then sinus brady w/ hypotension. PVCs w/ runs of v-tach. PT in bigemeny at ho #
  • 13:52 Bigeminy @ hospital. He family thought it was anxiety attcak. she needs cardiac help. #
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18 October 2008

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  • 06:36 Blech! Working at the firehouse. Annual Physical Agility Test this AM. Only got 4 hours sleep. Need many more. #
  • 10:20 Finished PAT time 07:46. Thats good enough to pass. One more year. #
  • 12:34 Penn station 4 lunch. College football all afternoon. Daily duties finished. Relax! Go MTSU & Kentucky. #
  • 13:45 Watching Band of Brothers. I have not seen many of these shows. #
  • 16:16 MTSU beating Louisville 14-7 end of 1st Quarter #
  • 17:31 Ok, I'm not a Louisville fan but Kragthorpe why did you not kick FG on the 10yd line? This is why you losee! #
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17 October 2008

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  • 11:44 Hey medics... is all the training worth it? I am already committed to finishing this but did I waste my time & money on a useless cert.? #
  • 12:06 Everyone know about the firefighter and two steel ball bearings? #
  • 14:41 Ok, I just realized that I don't have much on my flickr stream. Gonna post some of my "Best" work #
  • 15:15 Any photographers use photosig.com? is.gd/4gKl #
  • 15:22 Damn, I'm missing some of my older stuff. I need to search the CD files for them #
  • 15:23 Uploading phoos to Flickr now. #
  • 15:24 I need to save some $ and get a back up drive like 250GB external #
  • 15:34 Here is the link to my photostream on flickr is.gd/4gOY #
  • 15:38 I bet U shoot a lot more than I do! Broke me says I can't afford a Terabyte HD #
  • 15:42 I used to be a lighting designer for Theater. Now I am just a firefighter. I wonder what happened to the alternate me? #
  • 15:55 Any photographers follow LensWork? They have some great photos in their magazine #
  • 16:09 Feeling metally exhausted. Need....something...to.....clear...brain #
  • 16:15 Gonna go fly and kill online people. That takes no brain power. #
  • 22:32 Going to sleep. Got PAT in the morning. Not looking forward to 9 minutes of pain. #
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16 October 2008

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  • 02:12 02:00 For some reason I lay awake. Can't get comfortable. Sleeping at work sucks. Pondering if I should do ride time tomorrow? #
  • 02:14 Alarm will sound in 4 hours. Sleep would be nice, but i don't think I'll get much0 #
  • 05:30 Ok, I have been awake for 24 hours and 30 minutes. This sucks. I have to go home to get sleep. I need a new job. This one is bad for me #
  • 06:23 37 minutes until I leave, and I get to sleep. Of course assuming my dog will allow me to sleep. The time is 06:23 #
  • 07:39 Good nite twits. It's 07:38am, I'm home and going to sleep finally. #
  • 11:58 I quit. Woke up, let dogs out. German shepard/greyhound eliminated a squirrel; terrier ran out the semi-open gate. I freaking quit! #
  • 14:36 Flying & killing. AH II is fun but I suck something fierce. Takes time to learn. #
  • 15:45 I need more practice flying in AH II. I suck. Going to go bomb tanks now. Evile Bishop tanks. #
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Insomnia 02:37am

My neck has been extremely sore for the past six days. A few of those days were down right miserable. I skipped one ride shift and one day of work at the ambulance company in hope that I would be feeling better for my next regular shift at the firehouse. Tonight I tried to get some sleep at the station, and I was again unsuccessful. I cannot find a position which does not bother my neck. Couple this recent problem with my predisposition to insomnia at work, the rock like bed I have to sleep on, the fire & ems radios blaring throughout the firehouse, and the extremes of temperature people set the thermostat, it is a wonder that I ever sleep at work.

I might have to cancel on tomorrow's ride time also. I made a personal commitment that I would not go to work (at my part-time jobs) if I got less than four hours of sleep. Since most of my jobs are on a ambulance, this makes sense. I would not want anyone working on me if they have less than four hours of sleep. I have around 143 hours to complete for ride time. If I do not go tomorrow, I will not be finished until the end of November. I really want all of this paramedic crap to be finished. In my sleep deprived state, I wonder why am I continuing this torture? Why can't I just quit paramedic, walk away and be happy? The only thing worth while is I might get a $5/hr raise at a part time job. I gain nothing at my full time job. Some days I feel like I have wasted two years.

Maybe it has not been a waste of time, I won't know until I make attempts at the test. I am just being selfish. I want more time to do the things I enjoy, like seeing my wife, walking my dogs, playing games, sleeping at home (the only place I get sleep), photography, amature radio, drumming (good grief I have too many hobbies), hiking, climbing/rappelling and anything else that tickles my fancy (not to mention flying).

15 October 2008

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  • 06:47 Another 24 at the station. Hopefully we can have a better day. #
  • 08:38 Weekly trucks checked, finishing house duties. We ae doing VO2 max test today. Actually it's a mathematical hybrid of a real VO2 max test. #
  • 12:02 VO2 max is lame. It's just an estimation of VO2 not actual numbers. Makes the whole thing cheap. Anyone can crunch #'s. #
  • 12:03 5 hour enegy drink = BP 154/100 #
  • 15:55 Is crazy and investing money in this time of crisis. It's like a blue light special! #
  • 20:40 Watching USA vs Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying. We aren't playing very well. Score 0-0 #
  • 21:58 Whats that they say about lying and eye blinking? I see a lot of blinking tonight. #
  • 22:05 McCain lies about small businesses. Here is proof. tinyurl.com/6rs4e3 #
  • 22:10 Did McCain just say that a Judge who supports Roe v Wade would not be qualified for Supreme Court? #
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14 October 2008

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  • 13:30 Watching "Midway", recovering from too much work. Good movie. #
  • 15:16 Going to fly for a little while (virtually). Aces High II. I have not played in long time. Bet I get shot down a lot. #
  • 16:09 Ok enough dying for today. Not looking forward to work tomorrow. #
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12 October 2008

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  • 05:58 Don't really want to go in today. Open house @ the station. 5 hours is not enough sleep. Was a good show anyway. #
  • 20:47 Nessun Dorma- as performed by Phantom Regiment #
  • 21:11 Miles Davis- It never entered my mind #
  • 21:12 Pat Metheny- Letters from Home #
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11 October 2008

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  • 09:29 Morning twits. I have the desire to make photos today. Going to see OCMS tonight! #
  • 09:36 Yes OCMS are playing the Louisvile Palace tonight. You really want CDs? I can do that for you. Any preferences? #
  • 10:31 Working ChaCha now. send a txt question to 242242 (chacha). Any question. Really. #
  • 12:54 Did you know ou can be allergic to water? aquagenic pruritis. Weird. #
  • 21:00 Waiting for OCMS to take the stage. Opening band was.... Well different. Not good but funny! #
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10 October 2008

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  • 07:38 Actually got stuff accomplished yesterday at work. The world will probably end soon. Just an FYI. Seek shelter, duck and cover. #
  • 11:35 huge cup full O pumpkin spice starbucks love in a cup. #
  • 11:45 Heard 2 suicide attempts so far today. One successful, the other just got dispatched. Whats wrong with people? #
  • 11:51 ADD moment- Do you think I'll get tachy? Drank 5 hour energy and now large coffee. #
  • 11:55 Random unassociated thoughts to go along with this buzz. Do I care about religious affiliation of candidates? #
  • 11:56 Dow -455.39. Is that considered dangerous turbulance? NTSB should investigate. #
  • 13:21 Can I call 911 and say I'm tired? It's just as good as the other lame reasons people have called for an ambulance today. #
  • 15:20 1/2 on IVs. On the way to MVC pedestrian struck. Chaos in the Metro again. No ALS trucks available. #
  • 15:41 No Ped struck. Possible broken toe. BLS to the Hosp. Yawn! #
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09 October 2008

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  • 07:05 Foggy morning in the metro. I'm teaching recruits tonight. No training today. I don't understand that part. #
  • 09:45 Another successful suicide. There seems to be a growing problem around here. #
  • 12:39 New Voip phone system in firehouse is freaking usless. They go down at least twice a day. can't even call our station 2. #
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08 October 2008

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  • 09:09 Paying more bills. I like to give my money away :( #
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07 October 2008

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  • 07:23 Another 12hrs of giving my time away for free. Need more sleep. No runs during the night, got 9 hrs of sleep last night. #
  • 08:13 Who Caused the Economic Crisis? tinyurl.com/3fyk8a #
  • 09:52 My fire dept. is working a fire. I am riding on an ambulance. I missed my IV attempt on this PT. My head still hurts. #
  • 09:59 Listening to the fire, one would swear that they don't have a clue what they are doing. We sound like amatures. #
  • 12:25 Had ribs for lunch! Nice surpise. Head ache subsiding and belly is happy. Nap time. #
  • 14:15 Rain is comming. Could be a busy afternoon. ER's are already backing up. Fun for me and you! #
  • 14:19 Is it bad if I have to show the guy (who is going to boards on Thursday) how to correctly place V1-6 leads? I think there is a problem there #
  • 19:39 Got a 1 deg AV block w/ bradycardia & hypotension. Raised feet, Got IV, pushed Atropine, 250mL fluid challenge. 3/4 on IVs today! #
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Who Caused the Economic Crisis?

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So who is to blame? There's plenty of blame to go around, and it doesn't fasten only on one party or even mainly on what Washington did or didn't do. As The Economist magazine noted recently, the problem is one of "layered irresponsibility ... with hard-working homeowners and billionaire villains each playing a role." Here's a partial list of those alleged to be at fault:

The Federal Reserve, which slashed interest rates after the dot-com bubble burst, making credit cheap.

Home buyers, who took advantage of easy credit to bid up the prices of homes excessively.

Congress, which continues to support a mortgage tax deduction that gives consumers a tax incentive to buy more expensive houses.

Real estate agents, most of whom work for the sellers rather than the buyers and who earned higher commissions from selling more expensive homes.

The Clinton administration, which pushed for less stringent credit and downpayment requirements for working- and middle-class families.

Mortgage brokers, who offered less-credit-worthy home buyers subprime, adjustable rate loans with low initial payments, but exploding interest rates.

Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who in 2004, near the peak of the housing bubble, encouraged Americans to take out adjustable rate mortgages.

Wall Street firms, who paid too little attention to the quality of the risky loans that they bundled into Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), and issued bonds using those securities as collateral.

The Bush administration, which failed to provide needed government oversight of the increasingly dicey mortgage-backed securities market.

An obscure accounting rule called mark-to-market, which can have the paradoxical result of making assets be worth less on paper than they are in reality during times of panic.

Collective delusion, or a belief on the part of all parties that home prices would keep rising forever, no matter how high or how fast they had already gone up.

The U.S. economy is enormously complicated. Screwing it up takes a great deal of cooperation. Claiming that a single piece of legislation was responsible for (or could have averted) the crisis is just political grandstanding. We have no advice to offer on how best to solve the financial crisis. But these sorts of partisan caricatures can only make the task more difficult.

–by Joe Miller and Brooks Jackson

Thank you FactCheck.org for offering a true picture of how this mess got started.

Now EVERYONE shut the hell up and stop blaming the political party you dislike.

Click Here to read the full piece from FactCheck.org.

Don't beleive me? Check out this article from the Economist magazine.

06 October 2008

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  • 06:55 24 more hours at the firehouse. How much busy work can we get into today? #
  • 10:00 Jeep grand cherokee's aren't good at climbing trees. No rain for weeks and people still wreck their cars. Can't cure stupid I guess! #
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05 October 2008

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  • 18:54 Yesterday: 13 hours, 5 ALS contacts, 3/4 IV's. YTD 345 hours, 66 ALS contacts. Only 155 more hours & 9 ALS contacts to go! WooHoo! #
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04 October 2008

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  • 09:52 16 yo male poss xanax OD. Combative PT assaulted crew (not serious) PD rode in PT was in custody. Rich kids with behavior broblems. #
  • 12:13 79yo F nausea/vomiting. EKG sinus brady. 18ga IV in L forearm. Very nice young lady. My PTs have been polar opposites today! #
  • 12:16 Working for the man! Free labor to any paramedic preceptor. Will work for contact hours! #
  • 13:45 Update, our young PT was + for benzos. Mommy said "he gets like that on xanax". I wonder what the real problem is? Parents need to be tested #
  • 13:59 61yo M poss. CVA. Pt unable to speak Hx cancer. Tx code 3 missed IV pt pulled away. Two of us had to hold his arm still. Feel bad for him. #
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03 October 2008

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  • 08:00 Morning twits! The universe is still expanding, making more room for stupid people. I'm driving the engine today (and I get extra $ for it) #
  • 09:04 Today we check all 4 command cars & wash them. Oh boy! This is a weekly event, so everyone has this much fun! #
  • 10:35 Training on new phone system, oh joy. Wonder what's for lunch? #
  • 18:54 Cooked pork chops, corn on the cob & sauteed squash & zuchini for dinner. It was good! #
  • 21:36 Sleep soon I'm tired. Another 12hrs of paramedic internship tomorrow. #
  • 22:48 Good night twits. Stay safe, and get rest. Tomorrow comes a day too soon. #
  • 23:26 2nd wild goose chase this evening. What the hell do these people see? Don't call unless you are SURE there is a problem! #
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A friend of mine made an unusual comment today. We were shopping for dinner at the firehouse and I asked a random question (as I oft times do), if they knew the difference between a peeled onion and the storage onions. I gave the answer I learned from Alton Browns TV show on Food Network.

Jon made the comment, "I wish I had your curiosity". He has only slept one hour in the past fourty eight, due to working yesterday and today. I did not think that I had an unusual curiosity with the world. I have thought about this and I do have a thirst for useless knowledge, and I almost always want to learn something new. Just yesterday I made a comment on Twitter that if I were younger and had more money I would goto Med School just for fun. I have many courses I wish to enroll in and I don't think I can ever learn everything I wish to study. I am interested in just about everything, maybe not all at the same time, but I do take a fancy to specific topics randomly. Example, right now I am listening to a YouTube video blog from geriatric1927. He is telling stories from his childhood in England during World War Two. I have never lived through a war, and with any luck a war will not come to my hometown (like Red Dawn, damn Ruskies).

I guess you can see my interests through the twitter log (which I like very much, now that I can get a daily post to my blog). So stay tuned and grab the bag of popcorn. If you don't like the show wait five minutes, it will change!

More than a thought

I am within two hundred hours of completing my paramedic ride time. I have cut back on the amount of work I am doing, so I can get some rest in between my thirty six hour rotations. I work twenty four hours at the firehouse and then go directly to a twelve hour shift on the ambulance. This leaves me with a day off, adn I really need the rest.

The wife and I witnessed the lack luster Vice-presidential debate last night. I encourage everyone to check FactCheck.org for debunked missteps taken by both candidates. I am finding that Kentucky really is a Republican state. One co-worker today said with conviction that he absolutly would not vote for Obama because he is a muslim. I attempted to point out that he was a christian, and all the flack Obama was taking for the outbursts of his pastor. The co-worker just said that there are also gay men that are married with children. Well there goes a few decades of tolerance and civil rights down the drain.

How can anyone think that an entire individual can be summed up by one statement, made by spin services trying to discredit, and maim his name? Some other people I work around have made similar statements about the Democratic candidate. Americans really don't care for subtleties. We want one word answers and catchy tag lines (but mostly we want people to think for us).

There is nothing that is so easy to summarize. Black and white does not exist we are all shades of gray. Life is not simple and easy, sometimes the right decision to make is not the most popular nor the "morally" rightous one. Is this why a religion where a person reads the text and tells us what to think is the most popular? Ok yes really most religions are akin to that statement. I prefer to decifer the information on my own, and thats why I like the philosophy of Daoism. No one here to tell me how to think, and no easy answers. My job and my philosophy requires me to make decisions based on the "evidence" before me, wether they are signs and symptoms of a medical problem, or I am seeking the wisdom to make a personal decision (not to worry, I am just triping the light fantastic, not planning anything). There are cases where the right call is to let someone die. Yes the right decision is not always the right decision. You get used to this, and living in my world of gray.

02 October 2008

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  • 11:37 One whole day off! Can I do a weeks worth of tasks in one day? Probably not, but I'll try! #
  • 14:53 Sitting in the county clerk's office waiting for my number to be called. Governemt needs to be easier to deal with. #
  • 16:02 Oil change & tire rotation. The excitement continues! #
  • 17:22 Yes I looked that up online. But now you know ;) #
  • 17:25 I despirately need to review all that good stuff. #
  • 17:51 I have learned more about Parkinson's disease that I thought I would even know. #
  • 18:01 Very interesting. I wish I were younger (and had more money), I'd goto med school for fun #
  • 18:52 Ok I'll bite and watch the VP debate tonight. They are normally funny and rowdy! #
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01 October 2008

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  • 07:51 Providing free labor to my local paramedics. Wonder what kind of fun we'll have today? #
  • 11:50 AEMS is going to Pit stop bbq for lunch. Only 1 run so far today. I thought there would be more. #
  • 12:04 Another lunch interrupted. 49yo M c/o rapid heart rate. We are enroute now. Another cold lunch for me :( #
  • 13:15 0/2 on IV attempts. Not really worried. Had really good couple of weeks previously. They come and go. I'll keep practicing! #
  • 15:46 79 yo female syncopal episode, broken nose. And periods of sinus arrest! Luckily I had her on the monitor from the start! got the IV too! #
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