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    Tuesday's Thoughts: All In Due Time

    I’m sure you’ve seen those attention grabbing videos featuring a pet doing some entertaining, funny or more often than not “the darnedest things.” Yet, working in emergency medicine I’d have to say that it’s humans who stand atop the ladder and do the…well, you know what I’m about to say next. Most of the time it’s these behaviors, together with the lack of mental foresight, that are influenced by humanity's popular friend, alcohol.

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    There appears to exist a relationship between a person's actions and the time of year. For instance, spring is not only the onset of warmer weather, but more importantly for many, the season of the motorcycle. You can easily guess what can happen when you add together high rates of speed, a two wheeled motorized machine, a curving road or congested traffic, the lack of a helmet and the mind numbing effects of liquid libations. Trust me, the result isn’t pretty.

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    As the days of sunlight grow longer and the temperature climbs, I and my fellow colleagues like to say that, “the natives become restless.” You may be scratching your head and wondering what I mean by this, yet even the most casual observer will understand the potentials that await when the sun sets and the night prevails. It doesn’t take long before a group of alcohol laden people congregate, which then leads to the inevitable argument, which in turn, results in some kind of altercation. I can only sigh with exasperation when I say that there’s nothing like dealing with these overly charged emotions and the aftermath of some brawl.

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    Do any of you remember geometry proofs in high school? I apologize for the agonizing flashback, but just like those first steps, known as the givens, the month of July guarantees two of them. The first is that human flesh does not bode well when a bonfire has been doused with gasoline. The second, a hand is no match for a firework mortar. Every year someone unfortunately learns these lessons the hard way.

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    Eventually summer begins to fade, the days grow shorter and the chill of fall’s breath permeates the air. You’re probably thinking about football, racking leaves, apple cider and Halloween. It’s also the time that hunters awake from their long slumber. An occasional accidental gunshot makes its way into the department, but more often it’s someone falling out of a tree stand. Somehow gravity wins this battle and the ground is there to break the fall. As I like to say, “somewhere a deer is smiling.”

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    It doesn’t take long for fall to wave goodbye and the holiday season to commence. You’d think that this would be the time for peace, unity and good will toward mankind. However, the stress of the holidays seems to weigh heavily on everyone. Couple this with the rise in depression, seasonal affective disorder and the excessive use of alcohol and you end up seeing more family arguments and the need for immediate psychological care.

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    It’s all too obvious that winter brings snow and ice and the results of its presence is never more obvious in the way people forget how to drive. Although accidents and spin-outs are inevitable and a skier will break a bone, it’s the snowmobile crashes that always boggle my mind. There must be a deep rooted need in someone’s psyche to open the throttle and zip across a frozen lake or hit that snow covered hill as fast as they can. I often wonder if the end result matches the thrill just before they realize that something is about to go wrong.

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    We’ve now come full circle and arrive back to spring where it starts all over again. I guess life isn’t worth living if you don’t take some kind of chance or experience some sort of thrill. Then again, take comfort in the fact that paramedics, nurses and doctors will be there when that momentary lapse of judgment escapes the locked room of your better reasoning.

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    Just remember if someone says, “hold my beer and watch this,” then it’s best to have your fingers ready to dial nine-one-one. And for heaven’s sake, please wear a damn mask. I don’t care about your political beliefs because us frontline workers are exhausted from dealing with the significant rise in covid-19 symptoms and cases.

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    I still believe the majority of us want to be in this together, let's not be too close together while we're all in it.

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