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InsomniacMedic

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Sleep a little during the day, work during the night. And blog about it all somewhere inbetween...
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Perhaps It's Just Me by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing "Is it really possible to have a career in EMS and be emotionally unaffected by the things we see?" This is the question I posed on Twitter a few days ago. Many seemed ... Read on »
Behind Closed Doors by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Midnight. The normally quiet residential street is a hive of activity, as busy and bustling as a midday marketplace. People have gathered from all over; neighbours, friends, ... Read on »
War and EMS by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing This is a post I have written, deleted and rewritten several times. It is a risky post, as it has the potential to delve into political wranglings that I do not wish to en ... Read on »
Nine Years Ago Today by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing London, 7/7/2005. I remember, 9 years ago today, that it was my first day off after thirteen shifts in a row.  I remember, 9 years ago today, driving my car to the g ... Read on »
Trust by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing There are several posts, in fact dozens of them, sitting in the drafts folder, waiting to see the light of day. At times, I sit at the keyboard and, just like the ad for Yel ... Read on »
Honour by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing There is no honour in a so-called "honour killing."  These horrendous pieces of news reach our eyes and ears all too often, streaming in from media the world over, yet fo ... Read on »
Evidence by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing She's wearing a long black coat, fake fur around the collar, like she's wearing a fox for a necklace. And although the sun has already set, sunglasses rest on her head; ga ... Read on »
The Best by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing As we march quickly into the resuscitation room, wading through the sea of people currently waiting for their turn in triage, one face looks directly at us. Most mumble am ... Read on »
Sounds of Life by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing We arrive at the hospital gates mere seconds apart. Two ambulances with lights flashing, Sirens trailing off as we pull up At the kerb. They open their doors first, ... Read on »
Mood Swings by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The gesture is so unexpected, coming from someone clearly suffering as much as Leah is. Lying in her makeshift bed as she has been for two days, a look of pain etched on her ... Read on »
Birthdays by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Five o'clock in the morning and for the first time all night, we finally arrive back on station. Within seconds, before the engine has had the chance to cool, or the wat ... Read on »
Thoughts on a Difficult Week by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Each Friday, I post a poem, a rhyme, some silliness, to my family and friends on Facebook. Each week I look back, think of the events we have had as a family and as a way of ... Read on »
Angels by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Some days I feel like the Angel of Death's right hand man. It's almost as if he's sitting on my shoulder, bidding me to do his work, waiting for me to feed him another sou ... Read on »
Footprints by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Bright red footprints, like they'd been painted in a playground, appeared on the steps that we were hurriedly climbing. Not every step, only some. Every second or third st ... Read on »
An Insomniac's Guide to the Theatre by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing If I had to sum up the last week, it can be done in just one word. A word that I have repeated so many times over these past few days, that I'm a little nervous to utter it ... Read on »
Five-a-Day by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Progress report: Situation normal. Well, as normal as it can get in the world of EMS. Several months into my new adventure, treating patients from right to left, filling ... Read on »
Fringe Benefits by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing First, there was a diary. Yes, I'm serious. I kept a diary for years. I was still intermittently writing in it well into my twenties.  Then, in an attempt to join the ... Read on »
The week that's been by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing We see things.  We see things that otherwise are seen only in movies,  or in overactive imaginations.  We see things that should never be seen  ... Read on »
Unwritten Rules by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The first clue was the fact that the apartment was on the fourth floor. It's the internationally recognised, first unwritten rule of ambulance work that the higher up the ... Read on »
Then and Now by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing At a Remembrance Day parade, several hundred war veterans, many of them well into their eighties and nineties, marched past an equal number of supporters who lined the str ... Read on »