THIS WEEK IN DEAD PEOPLE

Mon 8 Aug
Lord my blog is morbid! i forget sometimes, because it all's become a pretty harmonious aspect part of my everyday life, but then I scroll down the past bunch of entries and make boggly eyes at some of the shit that's come up. Anyway, for an ongoing collection of stories that are so much about... more

STAKING OUT A POTENTIALLY DEAD GUY’S DOOR

Fri 8 Jul
Last night they sent us to some vagueness at Tracy Towers. By vagueness i mean the job just said "MALE DIFFBREATHER" and not much else. Gave an apartment number but the dispatcher came up to let us know the patient would meet us downstairs. Fine, that's always more pleasant than lugging 40 lbs of... more

GUEST BLOG!

Wed 6 Jul
 
Was so honored to be asked to write a guest post for The Rejectionist's blog, which i have been reading and enjoying for a while now. Here's a link: http://www.therejectionist.com/2011/07/special-guest-post-daniel-jose-older.html drop by and leave a comment!... more

3RD PARTY CALLER NOT ONSCENE

Sun 12 Jun
 
I was sleeping on the stretcher early this morning and the rain was falling in sheets on the roof of the ambulance. The job they woke us up for, sometime before dawn, sounded like either nonsense or a complete mess: "FEMALE 80 DIFFBREATHER 3RD PARTY CALLER NOT ONSCENE." that usually means someone... more

GO TO PRISON OR DON’T SAVE YOUR BUDDY

Mon 18 Apr
Ok, that's not a real choice anyone should ever have to make.I just liked the title and I chose it because people seem to think that's the deal. I'm here to dispel that myth.Let me explain:I was speaking on a panel this weekend for the Audre Lorde Project's summit on keeping Brooklyn safe for LGBTQ... more

TO TUBE OR NOT TO TUBE

Tue 12 Apr
The guy's ancient, all flaky skin and withered bones, body permanently contorted like a gnarly tree. Plus, he's in a nursing home, and quite frankly when we get any job in a nursing home we're surprised to find the patient alive at all. This fellow is indeed alive, but only barely. His lungs are... more

BEYOND MANNING UP: An NYC Paramedic Speaks Out About Men’s Violence Against Women

Tue 8 Mar
 
When I first started in EMS, I was struck by how many domestic violence calls we got. Within weeks, it became a regular part of the night, just another bloody dispute amongst the asthma attacks, strokes, shootings etc... I'd like to say there was a moment that shook me out of complacency - the... more

¡ECLAMPSIA!

Wed 16 Feb
I was working BLS this weekend, which basically means I'm lugging 30 lbs less equipment and they send us the stupid nonsense calls on purpose instead of by mistake. Except this one: comes over as your average boringass 'SICK' call, which can be anything from 'My nose hurts' to 'I'm upset.' This one... more

STUCK: A Long Night In The Ambulance During Snowpocalypse 2010

Thu 27 Jan
Since the snow is once again billowing down on NYC I thought I'd take a second to recall my lovely experience during the original Snowpocalypse 2011. It started coming down heavy midafternoon and Brooklyn was already completely blanketed head-to-toe in white (omit gentrification joke) by the... more

OFF DUTY

Tue 25 Jan
 It was daybreak and the daytour was giving me a ride home. We were just pulling off from the ER bay when a dude came running up to the ambulance. Now...when people come running up to ambulances about 90% of the time it's to either ask directions or tell us about how their friend's like sooo... more