28 January 2013

Stay Home

At part time work, I hang out in the ER, see patients as they come in, and help with triage as time allows.  The last time I was there there was a worrying trend.
"Hello, how can we help you?"
"Yeah, I was at my doctors' yesterday and I was diagnosed with the flu and I just don't feel better so I came in to get seen."
"Whoa.  Let me stop you right there.  If you wouldn't mind, could you put on one of those yellow masks there?  Yep.  Just like that.  Thanks."

I know the flu sucks.  You are not going to feel well.  You will not be healed overnight. It can take a healthy person a good week to fight off the flu.  The people I saw coming into the ER with the flu were not old or young or immunocompromised.  They were between 25-35 and just didn't suffer well. Please stop coming into the ER and spreading your germs.  No offense meant. Also, don't come to work, go to wal-mart, or Applebees.  Please.  That being said, the flu can be serious and lead to dehydration and pneumonia.  Know thyself. 

It is this time of year that I get even more obsessed with cleaning my supplies and my rig.  I love caviwipes.  Love them.  And when you think about the surfaces you touch in an ambulance, they really add up.  From door handles to radio mics.  From the handle of my monitor to outside of the glucometer.  It all gets cleaned.  It is as much our responsibility to prevent the spread of illnesses as it is to help those already suffering. 
I am fastidious about handwashing and in fact in the course of writing this, I've purelled twice.  I've also masked maybe 80% of my patients in the last month.  I've seen that people with the flu feel so crappy that they can't cover their cough.  It's just a fact. And it earns you a mask in my rig.

Sorry this post has turned a bit bitchy.  The flu worries me.  That's all. 

11 January 2013

Column

Already I am behind and it is only the 10th day of the year.
I have not come up with any topics for my column writing idea, so I am taking suggestions.
Give me a topic and I'll bore you with it.  For free!

I am making other progress in re-uping my membership with the red cross and making an honest attempt to be more dedicated to the organization. Work is not a good excuse to miss meetings. That is what I've decided. I mean, I'll alter my schedule for less important things, so why not them? Also, I will just take their classes. I need to get over myself and just do it instead of thinking I am overqualified because I am not. There is always learning to be done and if some of their classes are redundant: so be it. Resolve! I have some at this moment!

I have also booked flights for my first very far trip in almost three years.  I'll be visiting dear friends in the Pacific Northwest before they leave their post.  I am super stoked and relish in the preparation.  I love travel research, what can I say?

Talk of that trip has given me the five year itch with my current camera.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with it other than it is a bit of dinosaur.  Half of my problem with upgrading is the money.  The next best camera is about 2800 dollars which is quite a lot of dollars.
The other half is straight up loyalty to my current cam. We've been through a lot and taken so, so many pictures.  I love it in its simplicity.  Well, I can call it simplicity now that I kind of understand most of its capabilities.  The learning curve with a new camera will be huge as it has many bells and whistles many of which I don't understand, nor do I think I ever will.  Also plaguing me is what would I do with the old one?  Suggestions of selling make me weep and because there is nothing wrong with it, I'd also feel bad shelving it.  ("Woody's been shelved!" rings in my head)

But, $2800 for a camera is like buying myself an engagement ring.  I think there is a rule of using two paychecks to buy the ring, right?  Only, I worry that in another five years this camera may be a dinosaur too.  Unlike an engagement ring, I don't think it will last forever.  Well, until I sort out an ironclad insurance policy for it.  One where I can call and say 'oops, it's on the bottom of a lake' or 'somehow it fell down the steps' or 'it was raining a little on that camping trip' and they will give me cash in hand.  I think I would marry it though.  Then maybe I can just put it on my health insurance in case I drop it.  I can introduce it at parties and it will be my arm candy in a strange, strange way.  

Anyway, all this talk makes me feel disloyal and when I end up keeping my current fancy cam, I'll feel very guilty just for entertaining these thoughts.  "No, camera, there's only you!"  Now my camera and I are locked in a telemuno style fight complete with fainting couches and wine glasses thrown into the fireplace.  "What does it have that I can't give you?!" "Twenty-four point three megapixles!" (gasp!) "HD video!" (gasp!) "Full frame shooting!" (gasp!)  "Two memory card slots!" (gasp! faint!)  It has carbine action 200 shot range with a compass in the stock!  Wait.  I'm getting confused, but it does have an awesome shutter sound.