• Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    “I’ll be back.” Ah yes, that catchphrase made famous in the movie “The Terminator”. If you’ve been following the news, then you realize the phrase kind of fits with the reemergence of the pandemic. Then again, covid-19 never completely went away. And because it’s been lingering, it felt the need to deliver a gut punch to our department. . I’ve often been asked what it’s like to work in the emergency room or on the ambulance for that matter. I realize that people are really looking for those juic…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    Have you started your day and realized that things weren’t going to turn out well? I can only describe it as a vague, almost imperceptible, feeling. Something like a disturbance in the force, or maybe a tingling of your “spidey sense” or possibly an alarm rattling your subconscious. Whatever the case, think of it as a storm cresting the horizon and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. . Something similar happened to me last week. This particular day started off amazingly well, but deep down I …

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.” This is a long overdue shout out to my paramedic family, my comrades, my homies, my longtime friends. As you may have guessed from the above Oscar Wilde quote, this week’s thoughts are about experience. Why experience you ask? Well, first off it’s EMS week. Secondly, it sprang into my mind the other day while working on the ambulance. I found myself reflecting on the unusual situations I’ve been in…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    I’m fairly certain that over the last week Fate has been busy wielding her knitting needles, rocking in her chair and relentlessly chugging energy drinks. Feeling indecisive, she's chosen yarn from several piles all for the purpose of weaving an unusual somberness through the frontlines. I say this because there’s been a shift in the way our department is run. And from what I’ve read and heard, this same infliction has woven its way through many emergency rooms throughout the nation. For starter…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    Years ago I was given this advice, “Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” I’ve come to realize that this is a popular quote and its meaning has long been discussed and debated. What I believe that person was trying to say was that if you take care of the small finances, the bigger ones will take care of themselves. Basically, it’s a quote about the benefits of being thrifty. Which brings me to a second piece of advice that my uncle once gave me. “No matter how b…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    I’ve been lucky enough to have been born with strands of the handy man gene embedded into my DNA. I thank my dad for teaching me the basics when I was a kid as well as passing on his sense of craftsmanship. Trust me when I say this, I’m far from being perfect. I do possess a willingness to try and learn, and I don’t know about you, but I excel at making mistakes. Maybe I should say that I’m even better at learning the hard way. When I’m left with a decision I think about that Robert Frost poem “…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    If you’ve never seen the nature sculptures and photography of Andrew Goldsworthy it’s worth a moment to delight your visual intellect. Years ago I watched a video of him stringing together one of his intricate ice sculptures. A few hours into the project the piece completely fell apart and in a most unemotional tone he simply said, “Oh well.” I don’t know about you, but if that happened to me I’d use every cuss word known to man. Case in point, with an accidental click of a button I recently los…