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10/30/10 3:33 P

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Can't say it was my most memorable, but I just got done working a helicopter crash. 1 fatality, 2 critically injured and 1 non-critical.

Just as an aside, my husband is a helicopter EMS pilot, so this call really hit home for me. I was afraid I was going to be pronouncing my friends. It was not an HEMS helicopter, but tragic nonetheless.

The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had to courage to start.


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3/4/10 11:29 P

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Sounds like most of these memorable calls arent the traumatic one so I'll share one of my most memorable non-traumatic calls. We were dispatched for a "sick person" with no priority symptoms (no lights and siren). It took us approx 10min to get to the residence since it was out in the boony. And when we get there, the directions to find the residence are something like "look for the the green house with a mequite tree in front and a black dog tied to it." There are no numerics on the house. Finally we get there and the 25yr old lady tells us she doesn't need us anymore because her husband went to get advil for her tooth ache.

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2/23/08 10:58 A

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okay I got one for you guys We live in one of those towns where people call 911 for a headache that stopped hurting so go with me here. my partner and I get a call just as we sat down to food but it came over as a "I can't breath" so we jump up told the restraunt we would be back run lights and sirens to this house and know what we find?? a lady on oxygen outside smoking a cigarette and we asked he if she was the PT she said yes I asked what is wrong and she said she couldn't open the windows in her house to let all the cig. smoke out and that it was making it hard for her to breathe!!! OMG my partner who was a rookie at the time was about to kill her! I had to tell him to let it be. we got the windows open for her told her she can't smoke with oxygen on and got the papers signed and went back to dinner.

well a few weeks later we get a call about a old lady with facial burns get over there and it is the same lady she lit a cig. with her oxygen on an she had third degree burn lines where here nasal canula was. some people never learn.

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2/19/08 8:32 P

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We have a "911 regular" here. We humor her........ She has seen aliens coming out of her electrical outlets. Most of the calls are that she thinks someone is outside in big machinery, running electronics, and that they are draining her brain when they do that. Same lady - called to tell me so-and-so (who is a licensed contractor) is a contract hit man. She's always good for a laugh, and if one of the deputies isn't busy, they will do a drive through to humor her.

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1/28/08 9:47 A

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Ok, I think the worst one I ever had that really made me feel like a taxi cab was... we were dispatched for a woman who was complaining of severe dizzyness. so we get there thinking this woman has hypotention or something. The house we were headed to was one block from the hospital.
She is in her doorway, coat on, keys in hand. Now I was really confused. I asked her what was wrong. she replies " i'm just a little dizzy" I ask her if she is taking any new medication "yeah, actually i'm taking cough syrup with codeine". now i'm thinking DUH... and said "did you read the label on the bottle?"
She replies "yes it says it could make you dizzy"
I state "ok, then why do you think this is a reason to call an ambulance?"
She states, "well I didn't want to walk over there it's just too cold"

Needless to say... they discharged her before I finished my PCR....lol

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1/17/08 9:33 P

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Oh that is awful, and I am sure a little stinky.

The other night I actually had my heart stop for about 5-10 minutes.... It was awful.

The Police TA (dispatch) called and had us go to a police officer involved shooting. I asked if it was the officer who was shot they were not sure, they were holding the air to find out who was inured.

Thankfully the injured party was only shot in the arm and it was not the officer. The guy came at him with a knife.

Those few minutes were the most quiet and frightning minutes of my dispatch career. I know there will be worse nights and worse cases but that just really killed me.


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1/16/08 12:24 A

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I can't tell you how many of those people I triaged....especially when you ask them to rate their pain, it's always a 10/10. I wanted to ask so bad, "So,if we dropped an anvil on your head right now, your hangnail still hurts worse?" Just not allowed to say that.

My funniest phone call I ever took in the ER was from a woman who wanted a paternity test on her unborn baby to prove he is the father. Wanted to refer her to the Maury Povich show.

My most memorable bad case was a farmer who accidently sank his tractor into his manure pit. Rather than bail out of the tractor to safety, he tried to save the tractor. Unfortunately, the manure acted like quicksand, and he drowned. It was horrible and heartbreaking and tragic.

I hope I didn't gross anyone out with that one.



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1/10/08 5:34 P

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Hmm, Okay, I am in dispatch.... So I guess it is going to come from there....

I have had a lot of good calls and it is hard to think of just one...

Okay so I received a call from this woman who was screaming... She was stating how it was a matter of life and death that we get there... Now mind you now my blood is pumping... I asked what was going on and she was hysterical.... I now have the ambulance screaming over to her house.... She said that she was bleeding and that she was bleeding so bad and it hurts too much to talk... So I am thinking she was stabbed or shot or worse... I finally got out of the caller that she stubbed her toe.... no really she stubbed her toe!!! I then slowed the ambulance down and calmly explained to the caller that this is not a matter of life and death and that when she calls for help she really needs to state what the issue is.

Oh that was just so funny....the poor crew... they just bandaged her toe and said goodnight... Oh what a night...

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