I blame you National Weather Service...
“DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT DANGEROUSLY HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS WITH AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES BETWEEN 105 AND 110 DEGREES…” Seriously now. I know it’s July, but really? The heat has a tendency to make people both crazy and angry, like leftover fireworks; tired after the 4th and apt to go off for no good reason of their own...
911 Joy: Things we get to say on the radio
Me: Be advised, your patient is complaining of a malfunction with his urinary catheter. He is repeatedly stating that the only thing he needs is for you to bring him a roll of duct tape. Medic Unit: Copy. We’ll bring duct tape.
Another way to help Headquarters
McGrew Real Estate has picked Headquarters as one of the organizations that they will donate to, as part of celebrating their anniversary. PLEASE vote for Headquarters Counseling Center - each day through July 14 - so that we can receive the top donation from McGrew Real Estate, at www.askmcgrew.com/community_vote.html And spread the word to your friends near and far to do the same.
justice in miniature: Fireworks! →
minijustice: According to the law, citizens of the city cannot use fireworks of any kind. Though, if your fireworks spell out, in dazzling colors, a sincere apology for using fireworks, your fine will be lighter and worded far more courteously than if you are simply setting off fireworks unapologetically.
911 Joy: Things we get to say on the radio
Me: Medic Unit, be advised that your patient is reporting that if he does not drink 5 gin and tonics VERY FAST that his arm will go numb. He is currently attempting to consume approximately 1 gallon of alcohol prior to your arrival. Medic: I hate when that happens. Copy additional, arriving on scene now.
Life Support Ride
The Life Support Ride is a fundraiser for Headquarters Counseling Center, where I am a volunteer counselor HQ provides 24/7 ”life support” phone counseling on a variety of issues to the residents of Douglas County, KS and in addition to that they are the ONLY crisis center in the entire state of Kansas that answers the two National Suicide Prevention Hotlines. Headquarters is...
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the...– - Woodrow Wilson A colleague long ago printed this quote out for a staff something or other and it has hung in every office I have had since… (via narratinglife) I would argue that this IS making a living, in the actual sense of the word living and not merely acquiring money to acquire things....
Some nights talking to people feels like slogging through wet cement. Tonight I wonder if it’s the high winds getting people riled up and anxious, and thus short tempered. I can feel irritation vibrating through the phone on call after call, despite the fact that I’m saying the same words in the same tone I always use; warm and calm. Some nights it feels as if we’re speaking...
911 Joy: Things we get to say...
Me: Your patient is located in the copy room on the first floor. Medic Unit: Copy the copy room. Me: Copy the copy of the copy room.
911 Joy: Things We Get To Say on the Radio
I’ve decided this concept, the saying of bizarre or fantastic things on the radio, deserves its own series of posts. Today’s offering, from one of my dispatcher friends: Medic unit, respond code 3 for a pinata-related head injury
I’m currently reading a book that talks about addiction; Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. I’d like to say that I’m reading it because the social workers have started to take over my brain, but since I found the book in the sharing library at the 911 center that kind of nullifies that particular theory. Regardless, this struck me: In his suicide note, Kurt Cobain wrote,...
Do not lie to the 911 dispatcher. If you shot yourself, just tell us that’s what you did. Do not make up fictional people who shot you. Thank You. P.S. Consider that perhaps you should not keep your gun tucked in the front of your pants.
A couple of years back, I decided I should learn how to put food in jars. One of my first large endeavors was making Sauce from Actual Tomatoes (and other actual foods). This image is from that culinary adventure, in which a handful of my friends and I tried to put enough tomato based things in jars to last us through until tomatoes were once again in season - we were actually largely...
911 Wisdom: Things we DID say...
Another submission from one of my dispatching compatriots out in the world. I keep telling her she should be writing my blog, but I’m always grateful that at least she lets me share her adventures with all of you too. Thanks for being awesome and funny my friend…you are fantastic. I’m posting the Bach thing, and the pinata thing at some point- just so’s you know. ...