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#3701 Unread post by Loonette » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:52 am

Worked an early morning code (a.k.a., cardiac arrest) for nearly an hour. CPR was textbook, we secured his airway with an ET tube, and every cardiac drug available was tossed his way. Transport to the hospital was indicated, since our patient continued to go into v-fib (a "shockable" rhythm). After backboarding our patient, moving him out of the bedroom, taking him down the stairs, placing him on the cot, and moving him onto the medic (with each activity having less than 10 seconds of chest compression interruptions!!) we were on our way. He stayed in v-fib all the way to the hospital. As soon as we pulled into the ER, he went into asystole (a.k.a., "flatline"). He was pronounced dead a few moments after. Poor guy was shocked a total of 14 times!

As we were at the ER collecting supplies, cleaning our rig, and finishing paperwork, I finally took notice as to who was our patient's wife... turns out she is someone I know fairly well. I spent another 30 minutes talking with her and letting her cry on my shoulder. I swear, it's the hardest part of the job. We live in a small town, and I end up knowing many of our patients and/or their family members.

Totally sucks... less than 15% of those who suffer a heart attack even make it to the hospital. And of those, less than 50% will survive. Horrible stats... Our guy was only 60 years old.

That's what I did today - going to sleep now...

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#3702 Unread post by mogster » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:14 pm

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I really feel for you ~ sounds like a tough shift!

I work in theatres so know the score but will readily admit it is easier because I don't have to interact with relatives (usually).

It's strange how some patients/situations can cut acrooss our professional barriers & then it can be tough to switch off.

I hope by the time you read this you will have had a good sleep & feel refreshed.
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#3703 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:36 pm

Mogster, you work in theatres? Forgive my "American-ness" but is that "British" for hospital/emergency room?

And yeah I know the feeling as well. While bouncing I had to put on a pretty good barrier at one point. A guy was shot and killed not 20 feet from me.
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#3704 Unread post by mogster » Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:08 pm

Hi Wrider,

When we say theatre it means Operating Theatre.
I think you guys say Operating Room or usually OR.

I enjoy confusing people by telling them I am a professional scrubber (scrub nurse/ surgical assistant).

Over here scrubber has another professional meaning altogether!

I wonder if that translates?

Re bouncer/doorman I have always told my daughters to treat them like school dinnerladies ie be nice cause they might be able to help you out!
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#3705 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:07 pm

Haha ohhhh that makes sense!
And I'm guessing "scrubber" is not something most women want to be called haha.
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And yes, we can definitely help out when needed! It's rather fun to take just that extra second when someone that treated you like "crumb" is needing your help... Not that I would ever do that.... :twisted:
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#3706 Unread post by QuietMonkey » Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:19 pm

JC Viper wrote: I have to find a way to break out of this before I head out to California for evaluation. It's bad enough to not have friends at home, it would be worse out there on my own.
JCV,

I'm totally with Loonette on this one.

As for the short term, a decent inspirational movie or some good music are great for me. I have a lot of music and it helps get into and out of different moods. Do something different to shake your system up. Instead of martial arts, just go for an intense run or a long jog... or a kick around in a park. I find when hiking or even wandering the neighborhood, it's often nicer just to watch and listen to what is going on out there. It's a good time to get off the computer and get moving. Dont let yourself feel to much pity for your situation, just get moving. As soon as you are doing something your body blends with your thoughts and it's easy to forget about the crap for awhile.

Friends appear out nowhere when you get out there and really mingle, especially when you mingle some sort of way with your dreams. Not that you wont find dead ends, but you'll have some resiliency to turn around and keep following your steps to a goal. If you have to write a "DO IT" list of a few things to do TODAY, to help get you closer to your goal, and then go do them, Now!

Remember to share your good qualities with people when you meet them, and be thankful for the good stuff that you do have, rather than be caught up in the bad.

A great powerful work book I highly recommend in enabling yourself to make progress despite all the chaff in the world is Pyscho-Cybernetics, 1959, by Maxwell Maltz (updated as The New Pyscho Cybernetics in 2000, edited by Dan Kennedy). This book covers some essentials about ourselves, and is a grandfathering book to many other present day texts. Sort of like Headspace Engineering 101 :-) It's much better than the newer texts that have pilfered from it's fundamentals. You can pick and choose chapters for stuff that resembles your thoughts and skip out other stuff. The principles are heavily used by professional athletes and business people, as it really covers core principals of who we are as humans.
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#3707 Unread post by QuietMonkey » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:16 pm

In a belated 'whadidyoudotoday'... i went for a day hike... still snow in them thar hills, but totallymo in town.

It's embarrassingly easy to be absorbed by mother nature here.
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#3708 Unread post by JVRR » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:06 pm

Backpacked all weekend, woke up this morning to realize me and one of the dad's on the trip had pitched our tent in a dip :?. At least the standing water was mostly on his side :lol:. But in all seriousness we had thick enough sleeping pads it did not bother us until we were awake, so not too bad. Skipped breakfast and hiked out three miles in pouring rain back to the cars.

Great hike, great backpacking trip, and I got a job offer this weekend! My recruiter called me and my heart started to race and then he started talking about other jobs to apply for, I tried to make it clear I was driving a bunch of eleven year olds out into the wilderness for their first backpacking trip and could not really talk. He called back twenty minutes later, I thought I had made it clear I was busy, this time it was the good news. Pretty stoked, not bad for my first post-university career level interview eh? :mrgreen: It is not a great job, but the pay is very, decent, and the potential for advancement is huge, and it should be a great company to work for. Will share more after I start, but probably should not say much since I have not technically accepted the offer yet even :shock:.

JC, I'll say some prayers for you. I know it never helps at the time, but sometimes it is better we know who our flaky friends are before we need them. Best friends can come from all over, some of my best friends I met in college (not long ago), and I am horrible at making friends (never felt comfortable with my peers, largely raised around kids older or younger than me), so do not think you are stuck with the friends you have. New, better ones will come!
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#3709 Unread post by JC Viper » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:16 am

Damn, my dad is being all pissy with me because he thinks I have all this money to go on trips which he thinks the one to California is my vacation. I come home to ask a favor or talk about whatever to my brother or mom and he becomes real annoyed and demands that I start supporting my sister if I have all this money to blow on random garbage. Meanwhile my sis goes to Hawaii and the Caribbean and lending her all this assistance. My sis is also wondering how the f* did I get all this money to do all this stuff I've done and the mission to California.

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#3710 Unread post by JC Viper » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:21 am

JVRR wrote:Backpacked all weekend, woke up this morning to realize me and one of the dad's on the trip had pitched our tent in a dip :?. At least the standing water was mostly on his side :lol:. But in all seriousness we had thick enough sleeping pads it did not bother us until we were awake, so not too bad. Skipped breakfast and hiked out three miles in pouring rain back to the cars.

Great hike, great backpacking trip, and I got a job offer this weekend! My recruiter called me and my heart started to race and then he started talking about other jobs to apply for, I tried to make it clear I was driving a bunch of eleven year olds out into the wilderness for their first backpacking trip and could not really talk. He called back twenty minutes later, I thought I had made it clear I was busy, this time it was the good news. Pretty stoked, not bad for my first post-university career level interview eh? :mrgreen: It is not a great job, but the pay is very, decent, and the potential for advancement is huge, and it should be a great company to work for. Will share more after I start, but probably should not say much since I have not technically accepted the offer yet even :shock:.

JC, I'll say some prayers for you. I know it never helps at the time, but sometimes it is better we know who our flaky friends are before we need them. Best friends can come from all over, some of my best friends I met in college (not long ago), and I am horrible at making friends (never felt comfortable with my peers, largely raised around kids older or younger than me), so do not think you are stuck with the friends you have. New, better ones will come!
Cool, but my current friends are beginning to question me about having other friends so I would kinda stop hanging around weekly. Plus I lost it when I went to a get together and no one bothered to get any contact info from me as opposed to everyone else. I usually just bottle it up and move on until another breaking point.
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#3711 Unread post by JVRR » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:08 am

Friends can be, funny, like that. I've offended some of my friends when I reference my best friend. Sure we hang out constantly and have been pretty much inseparable since kindergarten... but you know, they are not the ones I would call if I really needed something.

Just give it time, you have to be confident the right friends will come along. If you stress too much about it, you will miss them!
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#3712 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:33 am

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#3713 Unread post by pchast » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:40 pm

Finally got the last new brake line for my bike and got it all together.
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#3715 Unread post by noobie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:27 pm

Rode into work today. Stopped by Umbria (downtown Seattle) for a cup of joe with a friend. Love riding a bike in downtown - parking is always a breeze :)

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#3716 Unread post by obfg » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:36 pm

Took my first ride of the year to-day. Made my first emergency stop for deer about 5min after starting the ride! Came around a curve and there was a deer who had just walked across, standing on the shoulder, looking over its shoulder at a deer on my side of the road about to step out in front of me. I quickly stopped (brakes work, yahoo!) and we looked at each other, each deciding what to do next. I opted for safety and waited. The deer then crossed the road at a dignified pace. As sure as God made little green apples, if I had kept going, the beast would have stepped in front of me. However now that the road was clear and I had successfully made a quasy emergency stop, I could now proceed. Of course I stalled the pike and duck walked to the shoulder to let traffic behind get by. Since I was stopped, I thought I might as well get a shot or two of the other deer standing in the area. I think the way they were staring at me, that they were miffed at me spoiling their lunch break.
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#3717 Unread post by Johnj » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:05 pm

I worked on the 99 Concours. I tighten up the steering bearings, and worked on the fairing. That's two mounts and a crack I've fixed so far. I looked at what it will take to relocate the radiator overflow tank from the nose of the fairing to behind the right side cover. I have an overflow tank from a ZRX 1100 and it fits behind the cover. I'll have to make some mounting tabs and weld them on.
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#3718 Unread post by ofblong » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:10 am

well I have had a hell week. Wife was in an accident Monday (she is fine) because some douche bag couldnt wait in the turning lane for her to pass (had someone been in that sunfires passenger side they probably would have been dead). So now I put the van on craigslist as parting out because well there is no point in fixing it as the time and part cost would be more than the vehicle is worth. Then Tues I picked up my take home final for class and now today I think im gonna start taking small things off the van and posting them on ebay (things like control knobs).
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#3719 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:31 am

Really sorry to hear that Ofblong. I hope things get better for you soon!
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#3720 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:41 am

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