Thursday, December 23, 2010
Life keeps going on and so does work. Yay! Yes, that was very sarcastic. ;-) I do love my job and I am so thankful that I have it. It's amazing to think that I've been working for a year and two months. Weird, right? It seems like the time has just flown by.
I've been thinking more along the lines of going back to school. Pretty crazy since I always said I was never going to college. :-) We'll see how things go over the next couple months and where the Lord leads with it all. :)
I'm sure so many of you are excited about the possibility of having a white Christmas, but honestly, I'm hoping if it does anything the roads will all be cleared. Work really stinks when it's bad weather. The worse the weather, the more we work. I'm really hoping we won't get the sleet like they say we're supposed to either. My family is supposed to come up from Rolla on Saturday and I'm really hoping they can make it. Christmas wouldn't be the same without them.
Well, I should probably make myself useful... ;-) I hope everyone has a great Christmas weekend! :-)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
For those of you who didn't know, Elisabeth was working on the helicopter when it crash-landed. All 3 crew members were transported to University Hospital where they had similar back injuries. Here is the news article telling a little about what happened: http://www.sedaliademocrat.com/news/helicopter-29866-landing-crash.html. It could've been a lot worse and for that we are all very thankful. Pray that surgery will go well and Elisabeth will have a speedy recovery. She is quite the trooper and still has her wonderful sense of humor. :-)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Work has been insane. Literally. Actually, it's not been that bad but so far I've worked every day since Sunday. Yesterday, I worked an evening night. Shouldn't be too bad, right? Wrong. I didn't sleep all night and I was asked to work one of the extra trucks today and so went for 30 hours without sleep... Lol, during shift change at 7 I had multiple comments of whether or not I was going to make it through the day, and how very rumpled I looked. :) Of course I'm going to look rumpled after working that long! I think they said that because my shirt was not tucked in and I was slouched on the couch with my feet propped up. I really did feel awful this morning. I was pretty upset with myself for taking the shift, but I hadn't known what our night was going to be like.
Not sure when exactly it all went crazy as we had a fairly good evening shift. I think it was before midnight and we got stuck with a 911 call and a transport out of the hospital to one of the nursing homes. I think I laid down at 1:30 and we got a call at 1:40.... talk about just plain retarded. Oh, and that was our good trauma call for the night. :) Little old lady who was very intoxicated and ran into a parked truck. So at 2 in the morning, when normal people are sleeping, a bunch of us are out in the freezing cold air trying to get this lady out of her vehicle. She didn't have airbags in her car so her head hit the windshield pretty hard... She had a huge open gash across her forehead. First time I can say I looked inside someones head. ;-) So, she was bleeding from that and she had messed up her ankle pretty bad. The hardest thing with getting someone out of the vehicle is that there are so many people in a very tight space. Ok, imagine the front passenger door open and one firefighter holding c-spine (pt is lying with her head toward the passenger d00r and her feet at the drivers side), another in the back seat trying to get positioned to help transfer the patient to the backboard, and my partner squeezed up next to firefighter #1. I think there were a couple other firefighters at pt's feet. I ended up taking over c-spine so that firefighter #1 could help move the pt to the backboard. Just think, this was one of the more easier wrecks... it's a whole lot harder when you're on an incline. It's pretty exciting though too. :-)
Oh, and keeping a straight face sometimes is one of the hardest things when taking care of pt's. :) Especially when they don't talk to you at all and when they finally do they say, "Praise the Lord!" Yeah, this would by my midnight pt that I had. :) I could not get this guy to answer any of my questions and then when he finally said that, I almost died of laughter! I'm sure I looked crazy trying to hold back a huge grin, but at least I didn't burst out laughing. =)
Today wasn't too bad and we just did a couple transports and then they sent us home. I got to the house around 2 and the first thing I did was take a nap. =) Two an a half hours of sleep can do wonders for you. :)
Pretty sure this job is extremely unhealthy for your body. Not always getting a good 8 hours of sleep. Being jolted awake with tones going off. Doesn't sound that appealing, does it? That would be the non-appealing part of the job.... :-)
Monday, November 22, 2010
There was a group of 8 of us going, 1 from Rolla and the other 7 of us from Columbia. Our jump was scheduled for 10:30 in Vandalia, IL (3 hours away) and so we all met at one of the fire stations at 6:20. Yeah, early morning. I ended up with only 3 hours of sleep that night, but still managed to be excited and happy even at 6 in the morning. Can't say the same for the other guys though.... :) They looked as if someone had died and this was the worst day of their life. Those of you who know me, know that I can get very excited about things and so just imagine me with a bunch of sour, grumpy guys and it paints a perfect picture of our group. Oh, and did I mention they were drinking coffee? Apparently, it doesn't work that early for them... I thought it was rather hilarious as I am so not like that. How can you be grumpy when you're about to do the coolest thing ever?! They couldn't understand how I could be so cheerful that early in the morning... :-) They did start to cheer up some during the drive and by the time we arrived in IL everyone was pretty excited. We were about 30 minutes early and ended up filling out a bunch of paperwork stating we wouldn't sue if we died or were injured. You pretty much felt like you had just signed your life away once you were done.
YES, it's my turn...finally! :-)
In our yellow banana suits. =) They really weren't that comfortable either...and once you had your harness on, you really felt pretty stiff. :)
Instructions on how not to die.... I tried to pay close attention. ;-)
Almost ready! =) I was so excited that I'm pretty sure I had a huge grin on my face the entire time. :)
This guy was awesome and gave me a wonderful, first-time skydiving experience. :)
LET'S DO THIS! That was my quote for the day... :)
Walking to the plane.
There was about 8 of us (not including the pilot) who were crammed into this tiny little plane... there really was no extra space. And once we were at 13,000 ft we started to lose people. I was the last one out of the plane (besides the guy attached to me), and when it was our turn we moved to the edge and on his signal we rolled out of the plane... very much like rolling out of bed, except you keep falling. :) We then had 60 seconds of free fall... during that time my face felt like it was completely frozen and the pressure really got to my head and I thought it was going to explode it hurt so bad (that's not supposed to happen, but with me, everything's different). It was pretty awesome (even with the freezing face and exploding head), and you never had the sensation of losing your stomach. And then you have a big jerk and your chute comes out (thankfully, ours didn't malfunction ;-). Not sure how long the rest of it lasted, but it was pretty awesome as I was able to steer the parachute and we had a great landing that was so soft....felt better than when you jump off a couch to the floor. :-)
Monday, November 8, 2010
"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
What if your life were to end right now. All the plans you made- the future you thought you should have.. It's over. I have a friend who asked me questions similar to these and it has had me thinking of what death meant to me, what I was like before I was saved, and if I were really ready for my life to be over with now.
Looking back over the years from when I was young, death never seemed to really matter that much to me and I assumed I would go to heaven. And then gradually, I came to the realization that if I did die I wasn't going to heaven. This bothered me... I didn't want to go to hell. Hell is like a nightmare that you can't get rid of and why would anyone want to go there? I remember having dreams of dying and how it scared me so much. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
I didn't realize it at the time, but God had started working in my heart all those years and was slowly opening my eyes to my sinful nature and showing my utter dependence on Him. “He drew me, and I followed”..
It wasn't something that happened in a day; it took a few years of God drawing me towards Him, and time spent searching the Scriptures for answers. Until one day, it was made clear to me and I knew without a doubt that I was forgiven and I would one day be with my Savior in eternity. I always think of Christian in Pilgrims Progress and how he gave three leaps of joy when his burden fell from his back. I think we all feel like that when we realize our sins are forgiven and our name is written in the Book of Life. We never again have to be afraid of death.
I am forever grateful for the mercy He showed by dying on the cross for me. I can say with complete happiness that death does not at all frighten me and I look forward to the day that I can be forever in His presence. “When I stand before the throne dressed in beauty not my own; when I see Thee as Thou art, love thee with unsinning heart; then, Lord, shall I fully know – not till then – how much I owe.”
So, after all that's said, what about the things that I really want to do before I die. For me, I would love to go to Africa, tour Europe, have a family, etc...this list could seriously go on forever... But what if I die and that doesn't happen? Why wouldn't God allow me to have those moments? All I can really say to that is, we don't know why God does the things he does, but He knows us better than we do ourselves and He never makes a mistake. His will is always best even if we can't see it at the time. David Brainerd had a quote that I love about one day seeing the Bible and it's mystery's laid open. What a joy we have to look forward to that one day!
I encourage those of you who are afraid of dying to read your Bible - search the scriptures and pray. You will never find the answers you're looking for by waiting to see what happens and hoping your life doesn't end soon.
Someone once told me that we don't really need God when we're young. “You don't need God in your life until you're old.” When you pass by an big accident on the highway what is one of the things that runs through your head? I usually am amazed how quickly it can all be over... some of those people never got a second chance. Or take the 19 year old kid who was hit by a semi.... Months later he has fluid building up in his brain and will probably never be normal again. He didn't know when he woke up that morning that his life was going to take a drastic turn.
You can not go through life assuming that you'll have a few moments before you die to (as some people call it) “get right with God” so you can go to heaven. Life is over so quickly and you can't ignore it forever. It is going to come face to face with you one day and will you be ready for it?
* Be all you can for Christ. *
Friday, October 29, 2010
Well, I started this week with 24 hours scheduled and ended up (so far) working 49 hours. :) Oh yeah! I so rock at this overtime deal! ;) I worked a 24 yesterday and got off at 7 this morning. We got about 3 hours of sleep during the night and so I was planning on sleeping in the morning and then getting things done in the afternoon. Yeah... didn't really work out the way I had planned. I got a text at 10:30 from my boss asking if I would come in at noon and work till 5. I had already gotten 2 hours of sleep and so told them I would come in. I seriously cannot say no most of the time. So yeah, we did a bunch of routines and a 911 and after reports were finished I left the base at about 6:30. Thankfully, I have tomorrow off and I can prepare myself for whatever happens next week. :) It shouldn't be too bad, but you really never know these days.
So, quote of the day: "Are you allergic to any allergies?" Yeah, I can't believe I asked a pt that, but I did. My partner and pt got a pretty big kick out of it... I'll admit it was pretty funny. =)
Ok, I'm hitting the sack now as I've almost fallen asleep several times writing this. :) Hope everyone has a good day tomorrow!
Monday, October 25, 2010
I made them get their picture with the pig... I'm so nice. ;-)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I seriously wish it was bed time now instead of only 6:30.... the last couple days I've been getting about 5 hours of sleep and you never sleep well at work. Oh well. I'm young and it won't kill me, right? =) The next couple days are going to be a blast... I work 16 hours tomorrow, get off at 11, come back in at 6:30, work till 3 in the afternoon, then come back in at 6 that evening to work till 2 in the morning... and then, I come back in again at 6:30. And that is my schedule for the next couple days. :) And yes, I'm racking up good over-time too. I should have 24 hours of overtime at the end of this week. Yay! :) I almost ended up working one of the transport trucks today cause they had a bunch of LDT's come up, but thankfully they got it covered and ended up not needing me. Which is good cause I was able to clean my bathroom and bedroom before crashing in bed for a little bit... wasn't nearly long enough though. :)
OH, exciting news! I just paid off my car. How sweet is that?! I didn't think I would have it paid off for 2 years. BUT, instead, I paid it off in 8 months. :) It'll be so nice to not have to make payments on it every month.
Hm... I think that's all the news I have for today. :-)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I get to go home at 3! Very excited, as I get to see my nieces. :) I didn't think it would work out this weekend but it did and I'm looking forward to heading home and enjoying a blast with my family. :)
Ok, so that was all written around 1:30 on Saturday and we ended up getting a call right after that and I never finished. So, I decided to post it up anyway even though it's a couple days late.
I did have a grand time at home, but left last night as I knew the kids wouldn't be able to get any school done with me around. :) I am such a distraction... Lol, I would've probably ended up locked in my room if I had stayed. :-)
Today, I'm enjoying a day off and using it to be very lazy. Terrible, right? Well, I did just make banana bread and I'm getting the motivation up to clean my room and bathroom.... so, I'm trying not to be utterly lazy. :)
I'll try and post some pictures up later today, but no promises. :) Enjoy your Monday!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
So, everyone have a wonderful evening and I'll be posting again, hopefully before too long. :)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Um...lets see.. what other interesting news do I have... Oh, I went to a new doctor to see if we could get any farther with finding out what's wrong with my crazy heart. Didn't really find out anything but I did like the doctor. She seemed very nice and actually seemed interested in what was going on. We did some more blood work to rule out any type of thyroid problem and it all came back fine.... so the next step is to take another stress test and then a heart rate recovery afterward and see how quickly my heart rate comes down. Not sure when they'll schedule it but I'm really hoping it's on one of my off days. I'm sure I'll post if we find anything out....
Ok, so I've really decided that I want to do an adventure race. It sounds soo cool and yet would be really hard! I wish I could do the 8 hour one in December but I'm really thinking there is no way for me to be ready and especially with this heart of mine. I probably would keel over dead after 6-8 hours of my heart being in the 180's... maybe next year...
Oh, something that did not make my day... my debit card was compromised and I had to close it. Made me really upset but at least I caught it when I did and didn't go for awhile with it like that. It just stinks that I'll be without a card for a week or more while I wait for a new one.. talk about a lame deal. Oh well... I'll survive with my checks and my $11 in cash. Lol, it'll make for an interesting week.
Well, I am about as tuckered out as a hound dog... and think I should consider heading in the direction of my bed... 5 in the morning is really early to think about at the moment.
Can't believe I referred to myself as a dog... how sickening.
Hope everyone has a wonderful night! :)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
OH wait! I do have something. :) I seriously think that Sonic needs to change their straws and do green instead of red. Wouldn't you agree!? I think it would be nice change. Don't get me wrong, I like red but green would be awesome. =) I hope someone agrees with me.... ;-) Hannah, if we ever open our bakery and we sell drinks.... we have to have green straws. =D
ANYWAY. Um.... work has been good so far today and I'm almost done with my 16 hours. Woohoo! I'm working a reverse 24 tomorrow (an evening/night into a day... not a fun shift) and then I work a night on Wednesday. That will get me 8 hours of overtime. :-) I'll then head down to Springfield on Thursday and visit with our awesome friends the Noah's and then see Naters on Friday and Saturday. =) Awesome times. :) I'll then return Saturday night and start right away on a 24 the next day. Don't you love my life!? Nope, you probably don't. But I do for the most part. =) Oh, and if anyone is wondering... I'm really high on energy at the moment. It's 10:00 and I'm not even tired! Truly amazing. Usually at this time I'm winding down and can barely keep my eyes open.
So..... I really have nothing more to say.... don't know why I'm even writing really. I think it's probably better that I don't write when I'm this wired cause I'm extremely random and write the strangest things.... Oh wait... I always write strange things. ;-)
Well folks.... that's all I have time for. My relief should be here anytime and so I'm going to be ready for when he arrives. :)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
So, yeah... where in the world has time gone?! I didn't think I was very busy the last couple weeks but I guess I was. Work is going awesomely well. I'm still only part-time but the last couple months I've been working 40 or more hours. So, I'm pretty much full-time. :) I've not had any really awesome cool calls to talk about (I know you're all disappointed... ;-) ), we do seem to run on a lot of stupid people though. Seriously, these people call and there really is no reason for them to call an ambulance. But, we take care of them anyway because that's our job.
Yesterday I worked a 16 and it was an insane evening! We seriously ran our butts off. From 7 to 3 it wasn't so bad we did a couple routine transports and then one 911 call. Both were BLS so I took them... which I'm glad now cause my partner got slammed with the rest of our calls. At exactly 1459 yesterday we got call #1 that started our crazy evening. That one ended up as a dry run (no transport to hospital), the next was an accident which wasn't bad at all and so I took it. The rest of our calls which equaled 6 or 7 (we lost count after awhile) were all ALS. Which means that they needed the monitor on and an IV, etc. When I left last night around 10:30 my poor partner was down by 6 reports. I felt so bad.... talk about a hard time trying to remember what you did for each pt. I don't think we sat for 30 minutes in the last 7 hours. We finally made it back to our base and tried eating dinner. We actually succeeded only because the other crew took one of our calls for us as they hadn't been as busy as us.... and also our truck was in great need of restocking. My partner and I got along well though so it was enjoyable even if we did work like crazy. :) We were pulling out of Boone and my partner said: "Oh no..." I turned and looked at her and said: "Yeah, I know... Full moon." We both laughed pretty hard about that.... somehow we knew what the other person was thinking. :) Oh, and I guess I should explain.... A full moon usually means a very busy night.
So, yeah.... sometimes when we work, we do nothing at all. And other times... we don't have time to eat or write reports. But it still is way better than other jobs you could have. :)
So, what else going on in my life? Well, I'm still trying to keep up with running even though it's really hard. We never did find out what was wrong with my heart, but I'm trying to stay hopeful that it'll correct itself. I've been really wanting to run another 10K but I don't think I would be able to finish. So far, 4 or 5 miles have been my max... and that's pushing it. How sad is that?! I'm trying not to get too frustrated by it but it's hard when every time I run I take my heart rate and it's 180's and 190's. I think that's why I have no energy after a run and just feel like sleeping. :-/
Today is my off day and so I'm making cinnamon rolls. I'm really not a huge fan but everyone loves them at work and now I've been asked to make them for some guys working at the fire station.... well, one station that is. We have a lot of fire stations up here. I've also been asked to make dark chocolate milkshakes.... but we'll see if that happens. :-)
So, that's about it that's going on in my life. :) I'm still my crazy, random self and most of the time I'm driving everyone insane, but who cares, right? ;-)
OH, big news! I did eat alligator this week and it was pretty good. :) I was pretty proud of myself.... that's a big jump for me. =D
Well, I hope everyone else has an awesome day! I'm going to enjoy mine! :)
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Right now I am sitting at work finishing up a reverse 24 and wishing it was 3 already so I could go home. Hannah, Jacob and the girls are coming this afternoon and staying all week and I can't wait! So, I won't be going home and getting any sleep this afternoon but that's okay. I'd rather be with the girls any day. :) I'm sure I'll be getting lots of pictures and video's and maybe eventually they will get posted up. I'm still so far behind on vacation pictures so who knows.... :)
So, I came into work yesterday afternoon and we had a fairly decent evening.... just a couple calls. I guess we had to make up for it though in the night. Between midnight and 5:30 in the morning we ran 5 calls and probably got about 3o minutes of sleep during the whole night. My partner and I decided at 4:30 that we would just wash the truck and work on our reports until morning (since we had to be up at 6 anyway). We got either one or two calls in that time frame and lets just say it was obvious we were extremely tired as we laughed about everything. So, besides being up all night it was a fun evening. :) The only legit call that we got was a little old lady who's O2 sats were in the 60's. The call goes out for a patient having trouble breathing. We get on scene and lady is sitting in her chair on a few liters of O2. She was perfectly fine, talking to us like nothing was wrong. We have her stand and pivot onto the cot and she immediately starts having some serious issues with breathing; so bad that she can hardly tell me what her name is. We get her all taken care of and over to the hospital pretty fast and last I heard she was in ICU. So, that was our good call of the night. Oh, and the really funny thing? :) When we got on scene and walked into the room the staff (I'm assuming it was either staff or someone related to the patient... didn't ever find out), was asking the patient in a very loud voice (patient has trouble hearing): "Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior?!" Wow, I don't know if that lady thought the patient was dying or what but that's just a little overboard in my opinion. I have no idea what the patient's reply was, but my partner and I got a pretty good kick out of it. :) What a great way to freak an old lady out....
The rest of our calls were nothing too fantastic and we finally got all caught up on our reports.
Oh, and this morning my new partner and I had an interesting theology discussion. Yeah... it was definitely an eye opener for me. People who don't read the Bible really don't know anything about what they're talking about. I won't go into detail about all we discussed cause we ran over a bunch of different topics in a short amount of time. :-) I can't even remember how we got started on it....
So, that was my night/morning. Don't you all wish you had a job like mine?! ;-) I actually do like my job.... it's a whole lot better than sitting in an office and you never know what hilarious thing either a pt or bystander will say. :-)
Well, 2 more hours and I should be home.... that is, if we don't get a late call. :) Hope everyone is having a fabulous day and enjoying this totally sweet weather! =)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Ok, there you have it. Hillary is very silly... and Liz is too. ;-) I'm glad she was able to put up with me for a week. :)
And that would end Day 3. At least of the pictures, that is. :)