The Employment Gap

Well folks, it is time for me to be brave and make an admission to you all. I only have 24 days left at my current station. My soon-to-be husband and I are planning to take some extended leave to travel and volunteer. We are staying open minded about what life holds for us next;…

To Die and Die Again

This story happened early in my career and has weighed on me from time to time since. The disease responsible crops up all too frequently in my own family. I am afraid something of similar caliber will happen to me one day. It was late evening, maybe 9pm, when the call came through, “Code 4:…

Dear Earthling…

A friendly reader, interested in joining the paramedic profession as a second career, recently asked me a series of questions. “I want to find a job where I can directly help people in a health-medical/hands-on field. I’ve been conducting very thorough research in the paramedic career (given my anxious and perfectionist self; not wanting to…

Make the Right Call

I want to share this recently uploaded video from Toronto Paramedic Services. Considering my last couple weeks it feels quite timely. Wouldn’t it be great if the PAC made a national video like this? We know this is not a region specific issue. Now from my personal files, more examples of Making the Wrong Call……

But You’re Too Little!

My height: 5 feet 1 inch…just brushing 155cms. Not surprisingly, “You’re too little!” is a comment I hear a lot in my profession (not to mention all my life). I once let an elderly lady (who weighed all of 100lbs) give my bicep a squeeze to gain her confidence before picking her up. I’ve always…

Trucker Butt

I love driving but we all know that sitting for a long time is bad for our bodies. EMS providers, depending on their area, often sit in vehicles for looong hours. In my area one typical interfacility transfer can last from 6-8 hours plus. The problem is compounded when you are expected to do heavy…

Roadkill

Over the past year I have spent a few hundred, possibly thousands of hours traveling the highways of Saskatchewan (Hwys 1, 4, and 7 repeat). A big part of my paycheque is thanks to inter-facility transfers. Basically we scoop up our patient at a hospital or care center in one place and transport them to…