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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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Bad Weather by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Heading through the terrible weather towards the scene at right angles to the accident, the level of carnage looks all the more brutal. We're the third ambulance to arri ... Read on »
AHEM!!! by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing So, the nominations for the Fire and EMS Blog of the Year have opened. Know anyone you want to nominate? Well, do you? Go on. You know you want to. Click here to ... Read on »
Storyteller by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Elaine stood over my shoulder, watching my every move. She'd been there from the second I knelt down beside her husband Carl. She watched every chest compression, heard ... Read on »
The Corridor by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Four of them, maybe brothers, maybe cousins, maybe friends, stand in the corridor. Flat-peaked baseball caps with hoods over the top and trousers hanging low revealing t ... Read on »
Homework - The Old Trunk by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing As an incentive / threat / reward for my eldest to write a good story for her English homework, I told her that if I liked the story, I would publish it here. Being her fath ... Read on »
Password by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Asthma had plagued Leanne's life for the past three years. Now, at only five years old, she was having yet another bad attack and as always, it was at bed time. The loca ... Read on »
Eight Miles by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The radio vibrates against my shirt, the phone beeps in my pocket and I run back to the car to see the screen flash up a new call. Eight miles isn't all that far, particular ... Read on »
Elves by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Elves. It must be elves. We have ECG leads, blood pressure tubing, oxygen piping. We have an oxygen saturation monitor on an electrical lead, charging leads for the machi ... Read on »
Football Pictures by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing A young father meets me at the door, his face wracked with worry. He ushers me up the stairs and in a rare gesture even offers to carry one of the bags for me. "He's just ... Read on »
Greg by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing "GREG?"   The man looks up, raises an eyebrow, shrugs his shoulders and finally shakes his head.  As for us, there's still a child with an asthma attack waiting for o ... Read on »
Missing by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing We spread out and search a room each. The police broke the door down, leaving the splintered remains of the frame lying all over the carpet, like a giant wooden pile of ... Read on »
DVT Confusion by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing When is a DVT, or deep-vein thrombosis, more dangerous to an ambulance crew than it is to the patient who's had one? Consider the following conversation Medic: "Does your ... Read on »
Familiar Arms by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Wrapped in blankets almost up to her eyes, Liana's barely visible. Naz, her husband, met us at the door with a roll of the eyes, as if to say here we go again. It takes a ... Read on »
NHS by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing "I know what NHS stands for!" announced mini-Insomniac as he visited his mum in hospital. "It's Natural History Science!" I can only presume he's alluding to his two fa ... Read on »
Transcript by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The following is an almost word by word transcript of a phone conversation I had not long ago. It has nothing to do with EMS, ambulances or anything such like, except fo ... Read on »
Tick Tock by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Times, they are a-changin'. Or so said Bob Dylan. Personally, I'd reverse the lyrics. Over the past few months I've had the opportunity to work with several student para ... Read on »
Edna and Eddie by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren, Eddie sits in an armchair so huge that it seems to almost swallow him up.  "I'm alright," he says. "Don't know wha ... Read on »
Last Light of Day by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing The first I saw of Mel was a late summer's evening, when we were called to her house for a very simple transport. Arriving ten minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up ... Read on »
The A to Z of 2011 by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Abuse  on some staff, and  Booze  bus galore, car crashes ,  drugs  deaths of children and more.Some  eavesdropping  stories and unhelpful  friends , girlfriends  who cr ... Read on »
Responding by InsomniacMedic Posted in: Blog Posts in Nursing Lt Michael Morse writes one of the best EMS blogs out there - Rescuing Providence , and has the guts to put his real name to it! If you've never read it, you need to fix ... Read on »