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  1. #151
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    Nice to meet the new folks here. And it is great to see you TOM. I look forward to the protest piece. Sis

  2. #152
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    New to this Blog

    By way of introduction, I am 64 yrs old, a retired RN, and retired Army Reserve (18D and small arms instructor). As an RN, I saw my share of ER's and ICU's. I had been trained as an EMT-Intermediate, and did my time on many a rescue run. I retired when I was diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, five years ago. I have not lost my interest in Austere Medicine, and am prepared for most emergencies. I will join in the discussions where I am able, and as I get to know you folks, I have many questions to ask. Glad to be aboard.

    Dabadger

  3. #153
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    You are a welcome addition to the board. Please feel free to ask away of your questions. Sometimes these other folks need a kick or two to get them chatting.

    RR
    Knowledge shared is learning gained by both teacher and student.

  4. #154
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    Smile

    A kick ? How could you THINK such a thing.... My Goodness, RR - I am shocked, dismayed, appaled, and, um - oh yeah - put out! No, wait.... I am WOUNDED on a most personal level! - Yeah, that's the ticket! Welcome, Old Nurse Dude (Dabadger) You and RR (Old Poop) should get on fine! This is a great board, read archives and enjoy.
    CCEMT

  5. #155
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    new here

    After waiting reading post here for awhile. I have finally been able to join.

    I am currently a firefighter/paramedic, my department operates does both fire suppression and a transporting ambulance service. I additionally teach both
    EMT and Paramedic courses for a local college.

    Before moving over to the fire service I spent three years as a EMT with a private ambulance company. I also bartended, worked for Harrahs casion in Lake Tahoe. I am quite proud to have been a member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team, YOSAR for four years from 1997 to early 2001. Fifteen years of rockclimbing and ten years of backcounty skiing.

    This past summer I spent working at some of the remote airbases for the US Forest Service as a Medevac Paramedic. Having flown a lot during my time in Yosemite wasn't new but being a sole medical provider without an ambulance near by and 30 minute flight time to a hospital had a little pucker factor.

    I have always enjoyed learning more but I am a little refreshed to expand my knowledge and pick up some new tools for my mental tool box.

    thank you for the access to your forum, I look forward to learning what I can

    kary
    Last edited by chute43; 10-16-08 at 02:22.

  6. #156
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    Post Greetings

    Well ok being the new guy:
    Have spent approx 38 yrs in health care. Certified Surgical Tech, X-ray Tech, Field Med, USAR Medic, USN Corpsman, Past EMT, Administration, and currently a Chaplain.

  7. #157
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    welcome hope you will put out some post - it is sometimes a bit slow on here.

  8. #158
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by 52bravo View Post
    welcome hope you will put out some post - it is sometimes a bit slow on here.
    I will try, but ya know, I have a warped sense and sense of humor -- and a Christian Worldview, so I'll try...................

  9. #159
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    Hi all,
    I'm a paramedic that prefers to work outside of the ambulance. Hoping to come across new, insightful, and inventive ways to diagnose, provide care and treat patients when you don't have the right equipment.
    Any new pearls of wisdom I come across I will pass on as well.

  10. #160
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    and I huffed and puffed and... wrong forum!

    Hello all.

    Took me a while to find the Introductions forum. (maybe it will be hotlinked from the Main Page in the future?)

    I'm 37, former 91A/B US Army medic. I served in Africa, Germany and CONUS.

    A freak accident disqualified me for Special Forces and EMT work in general and I've been bouncing from therapist to doctor to faith healer to quack (not in that order) trying to get back into shape. I'm about there.

    While Special Ops might be out of the question (the only SEAL team I'm suitable for is the one at SeaWorld) I want to get back into remote/expedition/combat medicine.

    Simply put: I'm not fit for endless discussions about television programs about other people having a life.

    I'm in Paramedic School at present. Over the years, I've picked up tips from chiropractic, massage, oriental medicine and Heavens knows what else.

    Happy these forums exist.

  11. #161
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    Hello

    I'm almost 50 y/o, broken and limp.
    I'm a former EMT-B, I, W & P. I was a volunteer for San Bernadino & Multnomah Counties. All volunteer experience.
    I went to CNA classes at an LTC in TX., did 5 1/2 yrs in LTC, home-care, hospital, hospice, and plasma centers. All paid experience.
    I went to nursing school at PPCC in C/S,CO., for 4 1/2 yrs. I have 8 1/2 yrs paid experience as an RN in MED/SURG, ICU, ED, and cardiac acute care units. Others as well.
    I am currently employed as a waiter. All my licenses have lapsed.
    I am here to learn. I will gladly share whatever I have. I ask only to be allowed to learn from this group.
    I am catholic, not affiliated with any order. I am transparent. No hidden agenda. I only want to be useful. mtm

  12. #162
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    Hail and well met to the new folks.

    Take heart that there can be life after EMS, though nursing isn't exactly what I call the good life, personally.

    Since it has been a while I'll run by some of my creds as well.

    Career EMS person, starting with first aid merit badge (seriously) and orientation with a hospital-based ambulance service 2 months out of high school. From there started the old EMT-A course, and a year later Paramedic training, which because of the on-again off-again nature of programs back then took a couple of years to finish by the time clinicals, etc were out of the way.

    Worked until an "impaired" driver took my squad head-on back in Dec. "00. If you are really interested in the semi-gory details there's a thread about it in the EMS forum somewhere.

    After a couple of years recuperating and doing a short tour/course with Resqdoc and company down in Belize managed to reactivate an unused LPN license ("80/"81 while the EMS was part-time) and start nursing in a LTC facility, despite strict orders to the contrary (nursing in general, docs thought it'd be too much time on the old pegs. They were right, of course).

    Back to school after a year for the short degree and continuing with LTC until I lucked out and found a position here in the Mojave Desert (boy, there's a real advancement in the old career, from the corn belt to the desert). Have been here 3-1/2 years, employed on a Med-Surg floor as night charge 3-4 days a week working anywhere from 13-14+ hour shifts, and actually managing to flip my sleeping hours for at least 1 day a week of 'real people' time. Because we are short of qualified charge nurses my days of ER, Tele, Surg-Peds, etc floats are pretty much over until I can train a replacement. Come to think of it, so is anything resembling vacation time as well.

    Past few months have been spent chasing continuing ed programs across 3 states in order to keep my certification as a Paramedic-Specialist. Worked too hard to earn it and darned well intend to return to active field duty as soon as we can relocate back to the midwest - someday. Fortunately Iowa now recognizes out-of-state EMS recert hours that are otherwise recognized in the state in which they were held. At 30 hours per year that'd be a lot of time spent on flights or on the road otherwise going back to Iowa for conferences that only offer 7-16 hours at a crack.

    With a few others here I am one of the authors of Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction. Not one of the majors, just a couple chapters.

    Currently working on a survival nursing book, everything they didn't teach you in school that you'll need to know after TSHTF or you otherwise take off for some third world excursion. At least that's the plan.

    Other than that start looking for some gear reviews in the near future. One benefit of attending events such as the EMS and Firehouse Expos is getting to see kewl new toys and hopefully snagging a sample to try so I can write a review based on something other than the sales rep's pitch at the booth.

    RR
    Knowledge shared is learning gained by both teacher and student.

  13. #163
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    Got an eyefull

    My first day on this board. I've studied, read, had my mind blown. I gotta get some sleep. See you folks tomorrow. Wish I'd found this board 5 years ago. mtm

  14. #164
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    Howdy from new member

    Dear group,
    I'm the listowner of Christian Survival. I think that Christian survivalists should be as prepared to help wounded good guys as the typical survivalist is prepared to "defend their retreat".
    I have a somewhat varied work experience, though not really in the medical field. I was a payclerk in the 61st Med Bn in Vietnam. Later I took the X-ray tech course from the Army, though I never worked as an X-ray tech. My wife retired as an LVN.
    Recently I've been trying to upgrade my medical supplies beyond the typical bandages with medical books and more equipment.
    I *really* got a lot out of the Survival and Austere Medicine book! I'm looking forward to the next one!
    I hope to learn a lot here and pass it on to members of my forum.
    YBIC,
    John Reno

  15. #165
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    Howdy all....

    I figured that a brief introduction would be appropriate before generating any posts.

    My name is John and I'm a paramedic and emergency services educator for a health system in Southeastern Pennsylvania. My ultimate life's desire is to be as well read, well versed and well traveled as humanly possible. Attending a remote medical program in Belize has reinvigorated my interest in developing a greater understanding of medicine...particularly remote medicine and primary care. I also have a love of teaching and am always looking for ways to become a better educator. My current short term goal is to find employment in the remote medical field and completing my college education.

    Suffice it to say...my interests are varied and I hope that I will be able to provide as much to this community as I imagine it will provide to me.

    I have printed out and bound "Survival and Austere Medicine: An Introduction" and added it to my already formidable library. Thanks to all of you for producing it...it is very informative and a great read.

    In closing...I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and becoming a regular contributor.

    -John-
    Last edited by BoonDoc91B; 01-03-10 at 16:37.

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