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Monday, October 11, 2010

Not On The....Boots

Engine 551, respond to the clock tower for a woman in and out of consciousness.

Once again someone decided to do a little too much at the fair. We pulled up to find the patient sitting in those chairs that have the foot massage (for something like $45 dollars per foot I'm sure). Her family was a little anxious. To be more blunt, they were annoying and were more in the way than anything else.

My patient was weak and dizzy. She looked pale. Mid assessment she passed out. This really set her family off. They were screaming for us to do something. Little did they know that we had switched gears and were now making sure that she was still breathing and that she had a pulse. I held her up while the rest of the crew grabbed the gurney. She started to come around just before we moved her. When she did regain consciousness she first looked around, confused. That look morphed into another, very recognizable facial expression. The one that people get right before the vomit.


The rest of my crew had seen it as well and jumped away faster than a rat off of a sinking ship. I was holding her up so I had no where to run. All I could think, just as she started to throw up was not on the....vomit splatters all over my boots....boots.

We loaded her up and took her back to the aid station to wait for the AMR unit. One of the other medics was kind enough to take over for me while I went and decontaminated my boots.

Have I mentioned lately that I love my job?

7 comments:

kipspop said...

Gives a new meaning to the term "spit shine'.

wife.mom.nurse said...

brutal...right on the boots! Not on the boot's boots :)

Pavement pizza? nice.

You have to get a little puke on your shoes :( if you want to go into burning buildings :)

Hope you have better days to come.

Michaela said...

OH, man! Puke-arama!!! xxoo

burned-out medic said...

could be worse; could have been poop.

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

That is true.

Lisa said...

LOL I know that look. Luckily I have managed to keep clean so far. Funny enough a new partner didn't know the "look" and before I could warn him, SPLAT. He was not a happy camper and I had to take him back to the station to get changed. I was laughing my butt off the whole way.

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

Lisa- I guess he knows the look now. I bet he won't forget it either.

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