Archive for August, 2012

I will never stop being in awe by the sacrifices our armed men and women make.

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Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq (which he had volunteered for) just a few weeks before he was due to return home.

So it begins

So it begins, my journey towards obtaining my Flight Paramedic Certification has commenced. If I learned one thing after these last three days of hardcore review it is that I have so much to learn.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

-Socrates

I am going to be studying for the next month or so and then will attempt to pass it. We were taught by Clinical Analysis Management and I have to say it was one of the most educational 3 days of my career. Not to say that I haven’t had other great courses in my EMS career, but let me say that even though half of the information was way above my head (not to mention scope of practice) the other half was still so educational I am not kidding when I say it is going to have a significant effect on my future patient care. The class was taught by Anthony Baca, (MBA, MSNc, RN, LP, CCRN, CFRN, FP-C) and Traci Shortt, (MBA, BSN, RN, CCRN (Adult), CFRN).

Now let me say that if I had been notified of the subject matter that we would be covering, in other words if I had been told to review everything I have ever learned about EMS and learn all laboratory analysis and interpretation, I would have been much better suited to take this class. As it was I think conservatively I was able to keep up with about half of the information that they were giving. I was recording the lectures and am going to be reading up on a lot of the information in the ASTNA Patient Transport textbook. Hopefully that and then listening to all the lectures again will be sufficient to pass the exam.

If any of you are able to attend one of their classes or hear them lecture I highly recommend it. If you can read up on some literature and then attend I think it will be a lot more understandable. They know their stuff, that’s for sure.

Been gone a little bit

I have been missing in action a little bit from my blog, and for that I apologize. I have been incredibly busy, both with work and with my personal life. As I blogged a little bit ago we are undergoing some intensive training for the Flight Paramedic Certification at work. I have also been spending time with the family because my kids are about to start school again and I know I will see them much less then.

I also have replaced my old laptop with a new one. I didn’t buy anything expensive, I mainly write and surf the web with it so I do not need a top of the line computer. I had bought a very expensive HP Envy and while it was very nice, the screen was awesome, it was hugely overkill for me. It was 1400 dollars. I returned it and was about to buy a MacBook Pro when I stopped myself and made myself go home and think about my decision. The truth of the matter is that Macs are wonderful devices, I used to have a Mac Air and it never disappointed. But like I said earlier I do not need that much machine. I write, I blog, I surf the web and read. The MacBook Pro was going to be 1500 with the accidental replacement plan. (I always get these, I am kind of clumsy and I carry my laptop and electronics with me on the ambulance.)

I just bought myself an Acer, very cheap, at Target. Total out the door 389.00. That’s with a 80 dollar accidental replacement plan!

I am trying it out right now and even though it is nowhere near the quality or performance of my HP Envy or Mac I have had no problems typing on it or blogging with it.

So I am back!

I have a few things planned and hope to be on here much more often. I am planning a blog on the people that are putting on the refresher for the Flight Certified Paramedic exam. They have been very instructive and entertaining. While sometimes the information that they are giving us is way above our scope of practice, I am learning a lot and have found them very proficient in their work.

Some of the information that I have been learning is very beneficial to emergency medicine and am planning a few blogs detailing some of the literature and practices.

I am planning and hope to attend the Texas EMS Conference and if I am able to go will be doing multiple blogs throughout the event. It is scheduled for November.

I hope you are all doing well and hope to post more soon.

 

How have you all been?

FPC

I am starting to study for my chance at challenging the Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) examination. I am lucky that my company is having a training session and is willing to pay for our examination. I have looked at some of the information and think this will be one of the most challenging tests I have ever taken. I hope I am up to the challenge. Any thoughts on what I should study by any of you that have gone through it in the past?

Greatness

Greatness

No really great man ever thought himself so.

– William Hazlitt

I recently heard this quote and it struck something in me. The person that was saying it was talking about Greatness and what that means. He goes on to talk about overcoming one’s self is usually the hardest part.

This is so true it actually hides itself in plain sight.

I have seen it in all facets of life. From the neighbors who race to beat each others yard. The teens who need the latest sneakers or cell phone just to fit in. The church member who has to be the one chosen to help or they’re upset.

In reality they should be focused on self improvement rather than a meaningless race against a non-opponent.

They say the first step is the hardest but in reality sometimes every step on a journey is tough. First, second, middle, and last. But greatness isn’t achieved easily. You don’t get to greatness with a few easy steps or a half assed few tries. You plug away at it. You feed that need to become better. You stumble, sometimes you fall.

But greatness comes from getting up, learning from our failures and pushing on.

Don’t start next week, don’t start tomorrow. Let’s start today.

Quick thinking 12 year old

A 12 year old girl who was driving in a vehicle with her grandfather had to think fast and act quicker. While driving down the highway her grandfather had a heart attack and died. His foot pressed down on the gas peddle and began to accelerate reaching speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour. Miranda Bowman, the 12 year old, then moved into action and began to steer and try to apply the brakes. She did crash but was able to do so without harming others or herself.

Fox ran the story here: Fox News

The girl later said her quick thinking was due to her father. Her father is an EMT and she says his teaching helped her keep a level head and react.

I’m sorry for the loss of her grandfather in such a shocking and sudden manner but I praise her quick thinking and desisive action that not only saved her life, but at those speeds most likely saved the lives of others.

Miranda Bowman
Miranda Bowman