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It's All Innocent

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 16th March 2015 at 15:00 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Happy Monday, everybody!Although I pride myself on catching the obscure snapshots of typical life moments that occur daily while dealing with patients and their families in the emergency department, occasionally there are times when I am so focused on the task at hand that I completely fail to see a glaring moment of obvious humor, sadness, or tenderness. At times like this, then, I am glad to have our hard-working nurses and techs with me in the room to bear witness to such events.For example, recently...
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Where To Look

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 09th March 2015 at 14:57 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Big thanks to my many encouraging friends...it is with you in mind that I have returned with another post.I walked into Room 30 to find two eager sets of eyes awaiting me. One set belonged to a young man, late-twenties, muscular and imposing, sitting in a chair in the corner of the room. His eyes were hazel brown, big and inviting, relieved at seeing my entry into their sheltered world. The other set of eyes, darker brown and magnified by her gold-stemmed glasses, belonged to my patient, a woman...
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Defining Emergency

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 10th July 2014 at 12:50 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I originally wrote this piece in December, 2010. Recently, I learned that it has been "reborn" in the social media world with over 120k shares from just one resource (thank you, KevinMD). Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences...Emergency, as per the all-knowing Webster, is defined as an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. Furthermore, an emergency is also defined as an urgent need for assistance or relief.These definitions...
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Helium-Filled Dreams

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 02nd July 2014 at 11:36 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Despite the furious pace of the emergency department, he sat within his private bubble of calm on a hallway cot situated just outside the entrance of Room 31. He sat upright, facing the opposite direction from which I approached, with the thinning brown hair of his broad occiput splayed across the upper edge of his pillow. From this approach, I paused for several seconds to appreciate this serene, surreal view of a patient who appeared unaffected despite the scurrying of several staff and ambulance...
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Bingo Resilience

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 23rd April 2014 at 17:15 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Her wary eyes, magnified from her thick-lensed spectacles, watched my every move as I pulled Room 21's curtain to the side and entered her room. In her early eighties, it was apparent to me that my entrance into her life was more important than the abdominal pain that brought her to our Emergency Department. In the corner sat a slight man with wispy gray hair poking out from the border of his baseball cap, his elbows resting on his thighs as he leaned forward in his chair. His wrinkled face and tired...
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The Kick Ditch

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 11th April 2014 at 15:05 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

A moment of reflection...After finishing an amazing novel, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I put down my hard-copy and marveled at the power of the written word. This power was most evident by my multiple ear-tagged pages--pages that held expertly chosen words construed into sentences, paragraphs and chapters of brilliancy by this gifted author. Simply put, Mr. Green's eloquence affected my core, constantly leaving me in awe at how he pierced my emotional protective shell with his intimate...
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Underneath

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 10th February 2014 at 12:21 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Hello, all. Ideas and stories are gaining clarity in their stew pot, gently being brewed and tenderly stirred by my gaining energy and renewed attention to the complex range of fragile emotions and simple beauties that envelope a typical work day in a busy trauma center. I am again eager to capture in words these pure moments. In the meantime, a good friend brought to my attention the many layers of meaning to the below post. Rereading it, I found it filled with new perspective from when I originally...
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Almost A Miss

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 16th September 2013 at 13:01 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

He was an ornery kind of fellow, evident by his scowl and beady, glaring eyes that greeted me upon my entrance into his room. The nurse, thankfully, had given me a heads-up on this eighty-five year-old gentleman's demeanor. With her kind warning, I felt prepared to be tested by this patient's demanding and abrupt nature. What I wasn't ready for, though, was this man's physical appearance. He was extremely small in stature, bordering on petite. His frail elderly body, sitting upright with legs dangling...
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The Breakthrough

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 18th August 2013 at 22:26 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I smelled the patient, unfortunately, even before walking into his room to introduce myself. From the hallway, his odor of lingering stale smoke flared my nostrils, instigating childhood recollections of the wood-burning furnace at my grandmother's home. From a distance, the scent of smoke was just that--charred-burnt air, its weight clinging to my nostrils. As I approached the patient, however, the scent of smoke smoldered my wishful memories of Gramma's furnace. This was not the smell of crisp,...
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The Broken Bone

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 04th March 2013 at 12:19 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Although I rarely get sick with the numerous strains of “bugs” that seem to go around our community this time of year, the week prior to my return to work for my next scheduled string of four shifts was spent mainly in bed, coughing and aching and whining about how miserable I felt. Fully recovered, though, I was excited to return to the emergency department to do my fair share of stamping out disease and healing thy patient from illness and injury. Walking into Room 21 to see my first...
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