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Being an EMT in a Pandemic

THERE IS A KITTEN AT THE SHELTER, I REPEAT
KITTEN
AT
SHELTER

Everyone, meet Sushi.

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Update on this critical situaton: Sushi is still at the shelter, still unbearably small and soft and precious.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

I promise to never make fun of videogame graffiti ever again. (Well...I will continue to mock its placement on buildings since it’s so rarely at arm-level, but the superliminal messages...I was wrong to doubt.)

Also the billboard looks like a compressed jpeg file because it’s digital 🤷‍♂️

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

I also had another cranky "people are protesting cause they don't wanna work/nobody ever gave ME a free handout" patient yesterday, who was of course a man in his late 70s living on Social Security and actively accessing health services via Medicare.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

This shit is getting weirdly normal (at a Starbucks, obvs)

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A trend I would love to see take off is going to your local coffee shop and buying a preloaded gift card for them to use when health care workers come in. I feel WAY more appreciated getting free coffee than all the clapping, signs, and random thank yous combined.

Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

I’m currently doing non-emergency ambulance transport, so I get about 1 COVID case a day coming out of a hospital to go home. Continue to be grateful I haven’t caught it yet and I literally pray every day that I don’t, because this shit is hard to see even from the outside.

Please keep wearing your masks.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic - wildfire edition 

We seem to have caught up now, but my last couple of shifts (wed/thurs last week) were spent either transporting people whose discharge/transfer had been delayed 1-2 days because of emergency evacuations OR doing emergency evacuations. I vastly prefer the former, for the record. There is something deep in the brain that really doesn’t like driving *into* the big smoke clouds.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic - wildfire edition 

My partner and I watched the blue sky disappear throughout Wednesday, and by Thursday afternoon we both just had sore throats and eyes all the time. Work is now giving everyone kn95s in place of surgical masks for our shifts, but my eyes still sting all the time and I’ve had a headache since Saturday.

Having the air quality tank in the middle of a pandemic, in a city where the cops flood downtown with chemical weapons every night, is just...beyond.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic - wildfire edition 

Also, the kN95 masks have extremely aggressive elastic loops, and after about 60 seconds your ears start to hurt. The “solution” is to rip the ear loops off a surgical mask and staple them to your kN95.

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

A pet peeve that is emerging is facilities letting us in to transport a patient, but then not letting us back in to, say, use their public bathroom. I was just in there 120 seconds ago with my gurney, I promise you I didn’t contract covid in the interim!

Some people really love the tiniest scraps of power they have over others, I swear. Also, almost all “regular” bathrooms are still closed, if I can’t pee at your rehab facility, where am I going to go?

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Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

@courtney rude as hell

Being an EMT in a Pandemic 

@courtney D:< they're really asking for it

Being an EMT in a Pandemic - wildfire edition 

@courtney Thank you for your service. Genuinely.

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