Back To Work.

So, after missing Saturday night because of a lack of boots (since resolved by me buying my own pair and the LAS promising to repay me), I finally returned to work and did a full shift.

The first thing to do is to catch up with your crewmate. She tells me about being the responder to the man who was killed by his dog. She tells me about the patient who went into cardiac arrest in the back of the ambulance. She tells me that she has had to use her extended skills more times in the past two weeks than in all the time we've been together.

It's obvious that I'm the one cursing us with non-sick patients.

As mentioned previously the first patient was a five year old with chickenpox, the mother wanted her to go to hospital and we can't refuse.

Then a patient with a mild, but long term medical problem who wanted to go to hospital.

Then a belly-ache that got better if you kept talking to the patient. Strange job because they had gone to the neighbour's house to call an ambulance. That they both looked like drug users is probably just my suspicious mind getting the better of me.

Then a maternity patient who couldn't get to her booked 'birthing centre' because no-one would pick up the phone. By the time we'd got the woman to the hospital the midwives there had managed to get in touch with the birthing centre. The birthing centre would accept the woman.

“How will I get there?”, asked the patient.

“Oh”, replied the midwife, “the ambulance will take you”.

The midwife seemed most upset when we told her that we were for emergencies only, and that she'd have to book an ambulance just like any other hospital transfer. You'd think that they'd know better…

Then a child with a high temperature that we left at home according to the mother's wishes. She, as a lot of people want us to do, just wanted her son 'checked out'. So we do our 'mobile GP' bit and hope that the child doesn't drop dead.

A few more simple little jobs of similar seriousness – no need to carry anyone, no need to do anything other than chat to the patient and record the basic observations.

The final job was a 'frequent flyer' who I haven't seen for two years, but has apparently moved back into the area and is calling for an ambulance twice a day at least.

Oh well, nature abhors a vacuum and given the recent deaths of two of our frequent callers, it was obvious that someone would pop up to fill the gap.

So it was a nice easy night to ease me back into the swing of things. The only problem is that my foot is still as injured as it was before I went sick – but I'm getting an occupational health appointment, and it's with our new private contractors. I should give them a fair shake of the stick, but they must be cheaper than the old occupation health lot who were all NHS.

Anyhow – I'm now 23.5 hours without sleep and my brain is dripping out my ears. Perhaps something more lucid tomorrow.

9 thoughts on “Back To Work.”

  1. some tendon conditions are really exacerabted by viruses of which you will be exposed to a lot23.5 hour is killing and the circadian rythym disruption really impairs the immune system

    you are in trouble, without health and mobility there's not much, i'd put more time into web research of health issues and less into the blogging your shoes

    doctors are hopeless

  2. I had problems in my pelvic girdle after a very heavy lift. My doc said he'd have me on to a physio's list but don't expect anything for 6 weeks at least (and that was as a priority). Occy health got me seeing a private physio in a matter of days, I was back at work quicker.the justification they give is that by getting private help it:

    a) doesn't clog up the NHS.

    b) gets you seen quicker and therefore back to work quicker, meaning that in the long run it's more cost effective.

    It may sound odd but it works.

  3. Andrew,I suffer from Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder mixed with non-24 hour sleep wake syndrome, so what (in your professional opinion) should my immune system be doing? Because the last time I saw my GP was 7 years ago (I stopped bothering to call, idiot was always on holiday), and I haven't taken any legitimate sick days since… I can't even remember. I'm shit tired all the time, but all things considered, my immune system is pretty heavy going (I can't even remember having the flu).

    So, while we're on the topic of professionalism, what branch of healthcare are you a professional of? And if the answer is (as I suspect) none, who are you to be giving unsolicited healthcare advice to a healthcare professional? I think, by now, Tom has researched everything about shift work and the effect it has on the body, so cut the patronizing, arrogant crap. You're not a medical guru of the internet, you aren't some genius, you are what my american friends refer to as a douche. And Tom isn't a doctor. What gave you that impression, I have no idea, but obviously you've not paid much attention to anything but a short mention about having to buy personal protection equipment. It's nice to know you have a long and intrigued attention span, as you obviously caught the most important message of the entire blog, from the last five years – “Today I bought new boots.” Yeah, that's the money shot. That's the one we've all been waiting for. You can't really be putting comments on something you didn't even read, can you?

    And just so you know, I think your poems could benefit from using spell check and/or not ignoring the sentence fragment rule. If you spent more time actually READING the posts in this blog, you would realise it has nothing to do with what you assumed it did. Keep your arrogance and inability to read something by someone else without shitting all over it to your poems, please.

    Seven words no one has ever uttered (well, probably not – especially if this is a habit of yours) “Don't comment on blogs without READING them!” Makes more sense than “Existance arises because isn't implies is”, and doesn't rely on a spelling error.

    Tom, I'm sorry for taking up a comment space to blow up at this guy, I have to deal with arrogance from assholes all day, so amateurs like this one get me all fired up. Good to hear you're back on the ambulance, sorry to hear about the lack of good trauma for you! I'm sure there's an open fracture just around the corner for you to imobilise lol. Hope the leg gets better soon, and Privatised Ocupational Health sounds quite dodgy to me – but then, everything privatised in the NHS makes me nervous (ever since the cleaners). Sorry again for the reply to Andrew, take it easy!

  4. Bit off topic, but DSPD/non 24 hour s/w cycle? And no doc for 7 years? (And thinking that comment was wack, too?) Are you me, in an alternate universe? LOL

  5. Just reply to ur post about ur car. I had one car broken into and another I put my hands up to, I crashed, and yes it was my fault.regarding the one that was broken into, it was a old car, with loads of mileage, but I loved it. The insurance company decided it was a write off because of the age, but as with both cars, ur insuance goes up.

    So not only are these idiots taking ur pride and joy away, there are also making u pay for it too.

    I too work for the n.h.s, I work with the scottish blood transfusion, so I know the wages r crap. My ideal suituation is bring back nataniol service and for a 37 yr old, thats seem a bit extreme, because I was there first time around, but my grandfathers didnt mind it, and they were both gentlemen.

    Take care babes……….xxx

  6. never noticed that difference in spelling of exisitance/existence, they are simply variants, with an 'a' gets 7 million google hite, with an 'e' gets 95 million, i am from new zealand, my spelling may be phonetic and it may be a pronounciation differenceyour post is over aggressive, i am not buying what you are saying about your health

    tom is in trouble and he knows it and theres good data on the web about the bad health nurses have and i don't think ambulance drivers have less contagious exposure

    theres all sorts of wierd viruses around like stealth viruses, especially in schizophrenics and he sees more than his fair share

  7. It's handy you're not buying my health because I'm not selling it, it's the only fucking thing I have going for me, and as such I'm not too willing to part with it. I don't have to prove anything to you or anyone else, least of all my inability to sleep properly. I don't buy that you've come this far in life without learning the use of the full stop (also known as the period), that helps to break your long, long sentence into several, evenly lengthed sentences.(This is a new paragraph, its purpose in this case is to represent that a change in topic has been made). Tom is, I'm sure, well aware of all the consequences of his job, and doesn't need you to point them out. And if my response was over aggressive, turn that analysing eye inwards and look at your own – yours was incredibly condescending and just plain unwarranted.

    (Another paragraph, this time the topic is a reference to something you wrote. See? Being spoken to in a condescending fashion isn't very pleasant, is it?) And as for not believing me about my sleep problems, how about attributing my over aggressive attitude to sleep deprivation and indignation.

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