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It's A Long Way To The Trauma Centre, It's A Long Way To Go

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 14th January 2012 at 0:42 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Ah, peace at last!! My gentle drive home from the hospital is in stark contrast to the week I have had.  Busy doesn't cover it.  But, at least I am free all weekend.  I have great plans for tomorrow morning - I won't be surfacing until at least noon.Before that, however, I have an evening at home with the family.  A nice quiet, relaxing evening, that I have been looking forward to all week.Arriving home, I am assaulted by the wonderful aromas of my dinner, simmering in the oven!...
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It's A Long Way To The Trauma Centre, It's A Long Way To Go

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 14th January 2012 at 0:29 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Ah, peace at last!! My gentle drive home from the hospital is in stark contrast to the week I have had.  Busy doesn't cover it.  But, at least I am free all weekend.  I have great plans for tomorrow morning - I won't be surfacing until at least noon.Before that, however, I have an evening at home with the family.  A nice quiet, relaxing evening, that I have been looking forward to all week.Arriving home, I am assaulted by the wonderful aromas of my dinner, simmering in the oven!...
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Rope

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 15th December 2011 at 22:45 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I rush into the Department, pager in hand, and am swamped with people wanting to join me on another shout,  High Tower and New Boss are the chosen two, and we jog over to the car, the two of them jostling for the front seat.  There's a lot of joking around: with High Tower in the car I am not going to have the same acceleration as I would normally get.  New Boss is very excited at the chance of seeing some action on the streets.  I'm quiet; I know what we are going to, and I know...
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Rope

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 15th December 2011 at 11:31 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I rush into the Department, pager in hand, and am swamped with people wanting to join me on another shout,  High Tower and New Boss are the chosen two, and we jog over to the car, the two of them jostling for the front seat.  There's a lot of joking around: with High Tower in the car I am not going too have the same acceleration as I would normally get.  New Boss is very excited at the chance of seeing some action on the streets.  I'm quiet; I know what we are going to, and I...
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Avoidance

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 15th December 2011 at 11:17 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I've been avoiding you, dear Constant Reader.  I look back, and see that the last time I ventured here was three months ago.  It's not that I haven't thought of you, nor that I haven't had anything to say, no jobs to post.  In fact, quite the contrary.  There are some that I want to tell you about, and some that I need to tell you about.  It's not even the dreaded writer's block.  Posts and stories rise unbidden into my mind, and ache to be transposed to the page.But...
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2.3 x 10!!

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 15th September 2011 at 22:33 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Oh my legs!! And other parts of my anatomy!!  I can barely stand, let alone walk up the stairs to my room.  But, as I lie here, a mass of knotted muscle, I can't help but smile at what I have achieved today.  And, I mustn't forget that MiniRRD was there too, struggling with the ups and downs, but mostly the ups, that today brought.  In fact, the downs were what we were both looking forward to, more than anything.Brands Hatch Race Track is a killer.  I can say this with authority....
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Decisions

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 09th September 2011 at 15:01 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

What a busy day I have had!!  On the shop floor all morning, meetings all afternoon, and now I am sitting in my office sorting out the multitude of emails that have built up over the week.  I decide that enough is enough - my family are all at home, and that is where I should be.  I power down my computer, get my coat and leave.  I need the loo, but decide that as it's only a short drive I would forgo the pleasure at work, and wait until I get home.5 minutes from home my bluetooth...
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What's in a Name?

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 04th September 2011 at 23:31 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I am angry!  No, not really angry.  More frustrated than angry, to be honest.  I've been shouting at the TV for the last 30 minutes.  Fortunately, I like my TV too much to throw anything at it.So, what programme has insensed me so much?  Well, MrsRRD and I sat down to watch "Emergency" with Angela Griffin.  This is an excellent programme, where the star of Waterloo Road follows the ambulance crews of the West Midlands, and does a damn good job of portraying the highs...
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Only Joking!

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 04th September 2011 at 11:32 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

There's not a whole heap of blood around, considering he has a gaping wound in his neck.  Probably because he had crawled half a mile or so before anyone had spotted him, and lost what he was going to lose someplace else.  He's very, very drunk!!  He tells me he was having a lark with some youngsters in the town when one turned nasty at some comment he had made, some funny joke that went wrong.  The joke led to him having a bottle shoved in his neck, and a beating he will remember...
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For All The Wrong Reasons

Written by RSS Poster A Life In The Day Of A Basics Doc on the 10th August 2011 at 16:45 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

It's a quiet day in A&E.  Not all that unusual; after all, a lot of people are on holiday in August, so the population has gone down.  The emergency 'phone rings in the Department.  It's for me! A call to the M1, where a car has rolled multiple times.  The occupants are not badly injured, Despatch tells me, but, as there is only one ambulance available, I may be able to help by triaging them away from hospital, thereby saving a vehicle or two.  This is an occasional...
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