Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have a Merry Christmas! :-)

Wow, so this week has been slightly crazy. BUT, Elisabeth came home Tuesday and is now recovering at home. :) She didn't end up needing to have surgery done and so we're hoping that in a couple weeks, when she goes back for x-rays, that it will have healed enough that they won't need to do surgery. She has started to move around some and for the last two days has been spending her days in the recliner in the living room. Keep the prayers coming as it's a long road ahead of her.

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

Prayers for my twin!

Everyone, keep Elisabeth in your prayers as she will probably be going through back surgery tomorrow sometime. Not sure exactly on the time yet.
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: 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

Working like a maniac. ;-)

Ok, so again it's been awhile since I posted. I'm working on pictures so hopefully I'll have some up sometime in the future. :-)

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.... :-)