I have written 50000 words in less than than thirty days!
Cherry Ames, move over. Frank and Joe Hardy, there is a new kid in town. Nancy Drew, you’ve got competition!
It’s still a little rough around the edges, but I have a plot, conflict, humor and a hint of future romance and all the excitement of life in the emergency department.
Nothing I ever do again in life will match the challenge of taking this faint idea of a children’s series and actually writing the first book.
I hope to be sending it to publishers by the end of December.
I’ll introduce the characters after the manuscript is in the mail.
But until then, eat my dust, Tom Clancy!
I already have the plot of books number two and three picked out!
I never thought I’d say this, ever, but I am all written out. Dry. Kaput.
So I am digging into the vault for a post written last November.
The post is a year old.
The topic is as appropriate now as it was then.
The doctor might not be calling on houses these days, but a quick phone call can get health care right to your door in minutes.
Let’s hear it for the paramedics.
Who else can stop an allergic reaction in its tracks, splint the leg that is pointing in three directions, put in the IV to start the Morphine – while in a moving vehicle, hydrate the vomiting, control the bleeding, sweeten the hypoglycemic, medicate the seizing, catch the newborn, reassure the worried, C-spine the neck, begin treatments for the asthmatic, intubate the apnec and defibrillate the defibrillating…
….all before they get to the hospital back door.
They deal with dangerous neighborhoods, hostile environments, and hysterical family members in uncontrolled working conditions.
People comment on how stressful my job as an ER nurse must be. My job as an ER nurse is nothing compared to what the medics deal with out in the field.
I’ve worked in ERs where the medics were treated with respect and camaraderie as part of our team and I’ve worked in ERs where they can barely get out two sentences before undergoing an interrogation from the staff that would make Gitmo look like a cake walk.
It goes without saying that the ERs that treat the paramedics as team members are the better departments.
I’ve heard horror stories of (and seen in action) nurses treating medics badly, and I don’t understand where the animosity comes from. By the time the medics deliver the patients to the ER, they have a history, first set of vitals, an IV, the initial medications – all of these things are not only beneficial to the patient but it makes the ER intake much easier. They’re just doing their job; nothing they do deserves a hostile response.
Sometimes I see patients who should have called 911 but decided against it. Patients with acute MIs, asthmatics, possible CVAs.
They are usually worried about causing a fuss, or they are in denial about how severe their condition may be. Often the family will want to call but are afraid of making the patient angry. They are surprised when I mention that their pain or their shortness of breath could have been addressed much faster en route via ambulance.
Utilizing the EMS system is like having the emergency department make a house call – life saving treatment meets you at the front door….
….delivered by friendly, competent, caring professionals.
Here’s a tip o’ the hat, a raise of a glass and a big “thank you” to all the paramedics. You’re the best!