Monday, July 24

The Seizure Patient 500 - An EMS Race

Welcome back to the track, we have an exciting race lined up for you today!

In lane 1, returning despite multiple losses in recent hours, we have the Paramedics!  Trained to handle a number of emergencies, routine medical queries and even known to fight a fire here and there, they are armed to the hilt with just about anything to keep you alive for 30 minutes!


In lane 2, new to the race, is our caller.  Not entirely sure what's going on, he is quick to the phone and that easy to dial number has been ingrained into his brain since birth. "Police, Fire, Medical, DIAL 911!"


And in lane 3, also a new comer to the race, the seizure patient.




Lane 3 is out into the lead quickly, having not slept last night and skipped breakfast to make this 6am flight.  She appears, well, no one knows for sure since everyone is half awake and not exactly sure what is happening.  No, wait...YES! Lane 3 is shaking nervous she is going to miss the flight suddenly seeing the time!

Lane 2 is close behind, grabbing the nearest phone and dialing that 3 digit number he knows so well.

Lane 1 is still in the starting blocks, they're going to have a lot of catching up to do.

Lane 3 has begun to cry, sobbing something about missing a dear friend!  What are we to do?!

Lane 2 has contacted the 911 dispatcher and is describing the shaking, sobbing person infront of them.

The dispatcher starts to collect more information NO WAIT! Lane 1 is finally on the go!  Instead of questioning the caller, we have already sent the Paramedics screaming out of the gate to a reported seizure!  They are gaining fast!

Lane 2 hangs up the phone and pulls ahead slightly, but the seizure patient has, YES! has been given a boarding pass and directed to pass through security!

The Paramedics are making amazing time rounding the 3rd corner in lane 1 and are about to catch up with the caller in lane 2!  This is exciting!

Seeing the caller stopped, the Paramedics stop as well, assuming as one would, that the person having the seizure would be at least within ear shot.

No!  It's a distraction!  Lane 3 has pulled so far ahead she can be seen running to her gate!




Second place is Lane 2, our caller, and the Paramedics appear confused but, hey, thanks for playing!

Saturday, July 22

Crossover Podcast - Ep 116 - That's Not Why we Have Cameras, Gary

In this episode, HM and MC talk about the Baltimore Cop and his alleged recording of planting dope.

Damn it Gary…
Officer Gary in Baltimore (not his real name…but probably is) didn’t listen to our last show about body cameras and filmed himself “allegedly” planting evidence at a scene.


The boys rake Gary over the coals as well as the other 2 officers watching this disaster in the making.

What would you do if one of your coworkers was about to pull a Gary? Is the camera the problem? Is it Gary? Is it the stellar alleys in Baltimore?


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Warded Man by Peter Brett

Sean Eddy and Scott Kier…Troll Masters

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Wednesday, July 19

...for the head injury, PD on scene

Back into the "You called 911...for this?" format thanks to a recent interaction with the BIB (Boys in Blue).


Awoken by the tones at just past 130 in the morning.  Dispatch gives us the location and the chief complaint of "Head injury, PD on scene."  Shoot.  This could be a medium deal, I better head on over there and help my crews out.  After all, if the cops called in a head injury it could be serious.

Stop laughing, it's not nice.

On scene PD have awoken one of our regulars found asleep in public view, not unlike the dozen or so others trying to rest until their early morning flights.  None of those folks have been awoken and had an ambulance summoned for them though.

Being at the end of a public transit line, often folks wander out in search of food and shelter, not realizing where they are.

The officer talking to the person we are to assess is well known to us as a trouble maker.  This is the officer who always uses the "You can goto the hospital or goto jail!" argument just as we arrive onscene to most calls.  However, when a patient gets combative he's suddenly a few yards off sipping coffee.

Back to this call and I'm not seeing any blood on the floor and the person is sitting up in a chair.  I'm thinking the same thing you are...where's the head injury?

"She needs to goto the ER, she's got stitches."

Sure enough she turns her head towards me and I see a very nice, tight set of 4 stitches over a brow, maybe a day old.

"Looks to me like she's already been to the ER, Officer, but let's take a look."

"She can't stay here like that, she HAS to goto the hospital."

I pass the assessment off to the ALS crew and ask the Officer to step away with me.  Of course he does not.

"She doesn't HAVE to go to an ER if she doesn't want to.  And why did you call us?  This is a pre-existing injury.  It's like me calling PD for an armed robbery and you arrive to find Starbucks shorted me 15 cents on my coffee."

"She's got an open wound, can't stay here."

"I look over at the ALS crew fighting for a BP and wave them off. "Would you like a bandage for your stitches?" I ask her and she nods.  I reach in and pull out a standard size band aid and the Officer let's out a "Oh, hell, no.  She's going."

As he shifts his weight trying to figure out what to say next I obtain a refusal of transport and cancel the ambulance responding.  I then remind our regular that this isn't the best place to grab a nap and turn to leave.  That's when I see this call is about to get interesting.  Standing behind the officer is his Lieutenant, who calls him over ever so subtly.

"Officer (Jones)...a word please."


Sunday, July 2

Crossover Podcast ep 113 - Middletown Ohio or Deathville USA?

Yes, I'm back on this topic again.

MC and HM, our heroes, decide to dive headfirst into the Middletown, Ohio idea of no longer responding to overdose calls.

It goes very well and we actually see a glimmer of humanity in the soul crushing Motorcop.

Why stop at overdoses?

Why not stop responding to all the other repeat calls we get?


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Warded Man by Peter Brett