Friday, April 20, 2007

Sleepy...

Brutal, fucking brutal. I forgot how bad a 24 hour shift is on 12 hour trucks. (just for those who don't read regularly we have 12 hour shifts in the busier parts of the system, and the norm 24/48 hour shifts in the slower parts) We are so short-handed that we sometime work up to but not exceding 36 hours on the busier 12 hour trucks. (Yes, we do get shipped off to slower outlying trucks to try a get some rest if you are on a 36.) Most of us are used to the long hours of runing and running, but I, my friends, am a bit out of practice. this was my first long shift since comming back to the streets. My body aches, my foot hurts and I am getting ready for bed. One more 12 hour shift tonight, then a long three day weekend that is well deserving. Lckly I have a paramedic partner who can help pick up my slack (We run a ALS on every truck, SInce I am still a crew member I will always have a Paramedic Crew Cheif) Also Luckly, even though it was busy, it was busy with alot od crap calls. Nobody dying, nobody in dire need, Nobody really in need of an ambulance. Just some sick party calls, some ETOH over indulgence, and some non cardiac chest pain. I started IVs because the hospital like them, not because the people were truly dying. I did 12 leads because I was told to, not because anyone was having an active MI, I gave O2, not because anyone was Short, but because it comforted and calmed my patients. I gave Morphine to ease the pain of a very angulated ankle, but it was more out of kindness and comfort, than nesessity. But now, I am going to bed only to get back up in 9 more hours to go and do it all again tonight. But fear not citizens, we are used to it.

3 comments:

scarletto said...

have a good 3 day weekend!

brit para said...

STONE ME!
come work over here: three seven hour shifts, two twelve hour shifts then off for the weekend.
easy life!

painter in hiding said...

Man!...what I would do for hours like that!