Archive for August2014


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I look at her notes: End stage renal failure. Diabetes. Congestive Heart Failure. Hypertension. Bag of Meds. Distraught family. Three flights of stairs. Why do the sickest live on the third floor? Desperation fills the room. It has it’s own scent. Adult diapers. More medications spilled on the floor Two teens, tired and scared. Their […]


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We were talking about things, how society seems to have gotten meaner, more self-centered, less community minded. Somebody said this: “You’re a firefighter, you understand about putting others before yourself.” Whoa! Wait a minute here. I do not now, nor ever did indiscriminately put others before myself. Some people have earned their place ahead of […]

overheard BY EVERYBODY from Rescue 1:

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  “I’ll tell you what the problem is. The chief is an idiot, the fat bastards in the station don’t know CPR from CPWHO, minorities are running city hall and the streets are full of crackheads.” “Fire Alarm to Rescue 1” “And these assholes couldn’t dispatch a dumptruck to pick up a pile of shit!” […]

The middle door

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Isolation at the End of a Tie 08/20/2014 I was thinking bout Robin Williams when I wrote this one. Him, and all of the others that nobody knew, or will ever know. By Michael Morse The landlord was waiting outside. “Haven’t seen him in a week.” “Is that unusual?” “He stays to himself mostly, but […]

Alpha Pet Transport; Rescuing Pooches!

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I’m waiting in a parking lot off of Route 395 in Connecticut, along with dozens of other people. We’re all waiting for our new dogs to arrive. Our anticipation is over when a big red truck pulling a white trailer appears on the horizon and enters the lot. We herd over to where the truck […]

Adrenaline Junky

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Thank you for indulging my tendency to be a wise ass when something is bugging me rather than simply coming right out and saying it. If you use Facebook as your success meter and the “likes” and “shares” generated by it as justification for your words then the post “EMS staffed by Nurses” was a […]

EMS Staffed by Nurses

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  Supporters of Community Paramedic programs are having a difficult time grasping the concept that some nurses and their organizations are reticent to jump on the bandwagon. May I present exhibit A. Now, how does that make you paramedics feel? I think that about sums things up.    

Keeping it together

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By Michael Morse Not all responses go as smoothly as we would like. Expert Analysis 10 ways to make a crazy EMS call worse By Michael Morse It’s crazy how often EMS is summoned to a nuthouse. Emotions are frayed; common sense is gone; behind closed doors, dead bolted, chained and put away. People are […]

Shows’ Over

Sometimes, all we can do for our patients is make them feel better during transport.

Complacency Kills

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“It’s easy to forget just how fragile our existence is. It only takes a moment, and everything could end.” I reached in and helped her out. She had fallen into the bushes, and the other residents were laughing at her, calling her Vanessa the Drunk, Vanessa the Whore, Vanessa the Pig. She isn’t a drunk, […]

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