Archive for November, 2012

Combat Medic, true story.




7 Lovely Logics


Paramedic, like a boss.

Saw this on an ems tumblr post.


Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving and I am spending it with my brothers and sisters in EMS. I am thankful for much, but nothing more than my family who is spending Thanksgiving with the in-laws. I love you.

I am thinking that while America may be going thru some changes and some tough times. We are still growing and trying to become that elusive “something more”. Just like in EMS.

I am thankful for all of you that work in emergency services, for all of us that take this sense of duty seriously, for all of us that have to be ready to respond to the average person’s worst day, on our everyday.

I am thankful for our men and women in the military, while Americans may not always agree on where they are sent, we should never forget the sacrifices they make for all of us.

I am thankful for all of you who read and comment and send me your love, even if it’s just through the electronic means. It humbles me.

Hope you and all of yours are well.

12 lead cheat sheets, gotta love them.

At the Texas EMS Conference  Memorial Hermann hospital had a booth that was handing out little cheat sheets for 12 leads. These are great in my opinion. I do think that you need to have a working knowledge of 12 leads and how to interpret them as well as have a general layout of where infarcts will be seen. The problem is we sometimes go periods without seeing specific types of ECG rhythms. Lack of constant refreshing can lead quickly to mistakes. I have many different pictures on my phone relating to EMS, I don’t always need to look at them but sometimes on down time I will review them. When I first started in EMS I wouldn’t do too much of this, I can honestly say that it has been a big help to me. When taking a class such as AMLS or refreshing for ACLS or PALS I can say this helps me grasp more of the information being presented.

So without further delay, I present to you the 12 lead cheat sheet. I figure that since they were giving them out to promote their hospital for free they won’t mind if I post up a picture and encourage you all to use it. Go Memorial Hermann. Just in case I have to take it down soon though there are plenty of guides online and available through the mail. In fact I will be working on another post of a company that specifically does cheat sheets for all sorts of ECG and 12 lead interpretations including quick measuring guides and transparent windows to judge ST elevation.


On the flip side there is a handy guide for quick heart block interpretations.




You can do anything, just don’t try to do everything.


I think it's a common truth to many of us that we take too much on in our lives and then feel stressed when we can't accomplish every last item on a list. I recently read a great article on the anxiety of beating online reading lists (and even though that might not be too common) it turned into an explanation on appreciating what we have and enjoying as much of our everyday as we can.

The article is mainly about how to just let go of trying to read every great article and story out there and just focus on picking and choosing what you will enjoy and grow from, but it quickly turns into something so much more. You can find the article here at the Zenhabits blog.

Towards the end of the article the writer describes a theory called the River Flow Philosophy. They go on to say:

If life is a river, and all the information out there (including blogs, social media, etc.) makes up the water, as well as all the possible experiences in the world … imagine trying to consume the entire river. Consuming an entire river is obviously impossible for one person, and no one would ever try.

Trying to consume all information and get all experiences in life is like trying to consume the entire river. Impossible.


It may seem overwhelming, daunting even to think we have to try to experience everything. It may be overwhelming enough to cause us to waste time trying. Even trying to pick out just the best parts is a waste of time if it doesn't prove beneficial immediately. You want to try to taste just the best parts? Just sample the finest water, the finest writing, the finest film, music, food and travel? You want to write but spend too much time reading on how to write? You want to travel but spend too much time working to save up for far away trips when there could be locations close to where you live just as amazing? You want to read but spend time searching to see what is the next bestseller, next must read, next top 10 list? We can do anything, unfortunately most of us begin to try to do everything which ends up derailing us.

We can do anything, I believe it. If you set your mind to it and dedicate yourself to it you can accomplish it.

You could also quickly waste a lifetime searching and never really enjoying all that is around you. Imagine if instead of searching and killing yourself trying to manage all of the intricate pieces of events and life happening all around us we choose to:

Notice the futility of all of this activity. Now imagine that you let go of the goal of tasting all the best drops of water, which isn’t a necessary thing at all.

What might you do instead? Try the drop of water flowing towards you at this moment, and enjoy it. It might not be the best drop of water in the river, but who is to say? Maybe it is. Maybe if you love that drop fully, it will be the best, regardless of how good other drops are.

Enjoy the post or article you do read, and don’t worry about the rest.

Enjoy the experiences you have, and forget about those you don’t experience.

Have fun with the people you’re with, and don’t worry about who you’re missing.

Life is a flowing river, and worrying about every drop is futile. The water you’re in now is the best.


It seems like such an easy thing to do, such an easy thing to say. True, it also seems to demand it's truth.

Hope all of you out there are enjoying your life and experiencing it to the fullest regardless of where we are at. Remember that you can do anything you put your mind to, the trick is putting your mind to it and following through.