making a living
I have school books, but through some weirdness about purchase orders and used book prices, I wound up with a 'recommended' $90 book for which I have to pay $53 next Friday. It's a pathophysiology book which is highly recommended by the head of the EMS program. Big sucker, too. About as thick as the PDR.
I've been sending gifts to my Mom all month. Her birthday is on May 30. The only one she hasn't opened yet is a book on Celtic myths and legends. She has a series of BBC produced videos on the history of the Celts, which we watched together a couple of weeks ago. I gave her an Enya CD, because she didn't have any and she likes Enya. Also gave her a new wallet, which she's been looking for for a long time.
I hope I can work this weekend (but weekends are slow), and get some more training on where hospitals are and how to drive the truck. These people are magicians when it comes to backing these huge monster trucks into small spaces. Backing & parallel parking have never been among my talents.
I injured my back on Monday. I was pulling an empty gurney toward me, and I tripped backwards over a curb and landed against a pole with my back, then hit the ground on my ass. Ouch. I was ok for the first few minutes, and then my L5 started acting up, and my muscles started getting tight. I have pain in the lower lumbar area, L hip, and lateral L knee. I have already been to the Occupational Medicine MD x 2, but have to go again today. I am running low on pain pills. They also have me on muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds.
This is National EMS week, so the hospitals are giving us things like cookies, ice cream, breakfast tacos, and these nifty little flashlights. They fit in the R thigh pocket of paramedic pants without slipping down too far. And they're pretty sturdy, which my present one isn't.
I think I will continue to be on light duty for awhile. Which is just fine with me, as people on stretchers can be pretty heavy. Most of the ones we transport are old, though, and don't have much body fat left, usually. We had a guy yesterday who was Alert & Oriented x 0.5: he knew his first name but not his last or his location or the date. We see a lot of diabetic patients... Diabetis is not good at all... I hope my Mother can stave off the bad things for a good long time. Especially the bad mental things.