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brehon

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  1. Guilty! ETA - of the washing technique, not the judging, lol
  2. That’s certainly understandable then. Even compression only CPR generates aerosols. My EMS agency mandated no CPR on patients without full PPE (gown, gloves, eye protection, N95 mask).
  3. It rarely is. It’s the cumulative stress of dealing with all the other stuff. A toxic culture, especially in EMS, can really exacerbate issues. Do you have access to EAP? If so, availing yourself of few sessions might help alleviate a bit of the stress. I’m sorry about the student teaching delay. I certainly understand the disappointment. Your area is truly being put through the wringer.
  4. Yeah, it’s hard when the culture changes around you. My system is undergoing another cultural shift right now. The fortunate thing is that it’s really not turning toxic, at least at the line level. And, to be fair, most of admin is...fine. There are some spectacular examples of the Peter Principal playing out in admin what with the pandemic response. Well, the pandemic laid bare what was already either known or strongly suspected. I hear you on AMR. I’ve heard they don’t fire people here, either. (They’re NOT a 911 system in my area; no private company is. They do the non-emergency transfers to and from nursing homes.) Honestly, my system has found through hard experience that most medics from the privates in this area are not worth the effort to train them to the admittedly high standards of my system. Go for the schedule change and lock yourself away from the toxic, assuming it works for you and your family. Your sanity is important. Bummer about the bridge program. It’s, oh, 18 months (?) and designed with working medics in mind.
  5. Ha!! I have an app on my phone that does the same. Whenever the stress level rises (and it’s never because of the patients or the calls) I commune with my retirement countdown clock. (I actually have two countdown clocks: the first is for the time until I’m inducted into the KMA Club — aka my first eligible retirement date — and the second is for my target retirement date. They are not the same. A good barometer of how the day is going is whether I (a) open the app and (b) which clock I look at.)
  6. I’m frankly dumbfounded at the cultures of the EMS agencies where you are. How toxic! I’m sure my system has seen its share of affairs, but the people involved were discrete. No “open secrets”. I’m sorry about the promotion. That’s a hard pill to swallow. As far as what to do — I have no idea. I know it’s hard to give up seniority in terms of both pay and scheduling. Maybe just think of the time your dh is in nursing school as a finite time. Go in, keep your head down and mouth closed, do your job, and count the days? You’re probably doing most of that already. I don’t think I’d jump ship right now. Wait...your state doesn’t have a bridge program for medics to get their RN? My state does and it is quite popular. Actually, the bridge goes in both directions, lol. RNs frequently bridge to paramedic, too.
  7. Why do these doctors think your dh’s risk is low? Given what you’ve written about his underlying health conditions, I’d think that was an irresponsible thing to say. I mean, maybe his personal doc has an informed opinion, but these other docs don’t treat your dh. Frankly, your dh’s refusal to give you an explanation as to why he and his doctor think he is low risk given all the variables is...suspicious is probably too strong a word, concerning. I would stand firm in not going. I’d explain the situation to my teens and let them make their own decisions.
  8. I joined in 2003ish, if I remember correctly, even before my eldest was of schooling age. I agree with KFP’s assessment with one slight amendment. I do remember discussions on the boards about whether the mere fact that someone homeschooled meant that their children were de facto receiving a better education than if they had been in public school. There were posters then who espoused the view that any homeschooling was better than public school, even better than the best public schools. And they were taken to task by other posters who said (basically), “No. Homeschooling takes work” among other things. Options for successful homeschooling have expanded through the years as homeschooling has grown. I think that’s a good thing, by and large. I don’t think this board has ever espoused “The One Correct and True Way to Homeschool”™️ even during the heyday of the Draconian Homeschoolers. (It’s a social group which formed a long time ago and hasn’t been active for a long time.) I think OKBud has a point as well. Going hand in hand with the evolving and expanding curriculæ and options for homeschoolers has been a more general openness to the idea of public schools being a legitimate option for kids. I mean, it obviously always was; it’s just that 15 or so years ago it was almost whispered as an option of last resort on the boards, at least by some posters.
  9. Firefighters make the same risk assessments here, too. At least, in my area they do, maybe not in CA.
  10. Personally and professionally I know multiple people who have been diagnosed with CV. At least five of my personal contacts (to include co-workers who are also friends) have been positively diagnosed with CV, though fortunately none have been hospitalized. All of the people I know professionally (i.e., patients) have been admitted from the ERs. There are currently 22 medics in my system who are on mandatory quarantine. So far, three of them have tested positive.
  11. Good ol’ HISD for me. I started K in ‘77 in a classroom (indeed school) without AC. Fortunately, I was in the morning class — it was much more tolerable.
  12. I grew up in Houston in the 70s-80s. No cooling centers then, either. Well, except for the public pools and various stores. My family also did not use AC often due to cost.
  13. EMCrit and its sister blog/podcast/etc PulmCrit are outstanding!! I think they are the top sources of information out there for emergency/critical care. Weingart and his crew really do a fantastic job!
  14. Same here, wathe. Except on my end I have two N95s — without being fit tested...ever — that I have to alternate using each shift. One obviously doesn’t fit me. I had to use that one last shift when I intubated someone. I’ll use it again in two shifts. I’m assured that even though I had to perform an AGP, the mask will be fine because there weren’t any obvious contaminants on it. Meanwhile, it’ll sit in a brown paper sack inside a cardboard box which I labeled Schrödinger. My boss finally consented to having us fit tested after our DICO pointed out that maybe he should rethink the liability involved if one of the medics suffers a horrible morbidity or even death due to this virus. The fit testing will happen in two weeks.
  15. How I LOVE El Arroyo’s signs!!! They’ve been entertaining Austin for decades! They have a killer margarita, too! Mmmm.....
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