Marie's Blog (25)

back to normal!

Yesterday from 0900-1700 I was out at one of our local parks first doing some rope rescue training by repelling and rock climbing as well as hiking, then afterwards some of my group went caving and swimming in lower level whitewater.

My new knee bits held up fantastic! no instability, pain, or swelling!

I think I can now officially say that I am back to my old active self and can put away the constant fear of re-dislocation :) :)

Added by Marie on August 4, 2008 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

yays :) I'm back!!!

After some lengthy discussion (I can be quite convincing when determined to be) my FD doc was willing to clear me to ride fireboard as long as I'm on a 3 rather than 2 person ambo crew so that I dont have to lift Pt's



So I had my first FD shift in over 100 days yesterday :) it was very very VERY good to be back!!! ..... granted we got the big goose egg as far as number of calls goes, but hey, i was back!



I'm at an aide tent for a festival in a more sketchy area of my… Continue

Added by Marie on May 31, 2008 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

blargin flargin aggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO my buddy has been in teh Army since last fall...... and therefore with training and such hasn't seen anyone in approximately a bazillion years.........



It being officially summer break at the end of this week I said "hey, i'll come down to AZ and make a vacation outta it thatd be cool" ..... murphys law being alive and well the base is on lockdown that week now for training (just found out today)



No prob I said, I'll call travelocity and either get some of my money back… Continue

Added by Marie on May 6, 2008 at 11:35pm — 3 Comments

I PASSED I PASSED!!!!!

I officially am a NREMT-Intermediate now!!!!


yaaaaaay!!! :) :) :)



phewwwwwwwwwwwww!! ::big sigh of relief::

Added by Marie on May 1, 2008 at 6:17pm — 7 Comments

::shakes nervously::

took the NREMT-I written exam today, and for the first time in my LIFE, I am not 100% positive I passed a test with flying colors... especially in regards to either criminal justice or emergency health services!



SERIOUSLY the questions were worded completely and utterly retardedly



agggggg



I had a 4.0 last semester and have a 3.789 overall for both criminal justice and paramedicine combined



If I don't pass I will feel like the biggest idiot… Continue

Added by Marie on May 1, 2008 at 12:47am — 1 Comment

fire dept and the need for physical fitness

so.......... for my last paper for medic school I am presenting about the need for us volunteers to implement a physical fitness program (right now the only thing we h is a free pass to the county parks and rec centers which I NEVER see anyone else at) especially since our ability to count PT as hours has just been taken away.



my paper needs to be TEN PAGES............... soooooooo, anyone have resources on the need for physical fitness/diet coaching / how to implement… Continue

Added by Marie on April 10, 2008 at 3:52pm — 3 Comments

Helping yourself by helping others

Today started out as yet another me-day tuesday, something thats become part of the weekly schedule since my injury. I picked up my venti-iced-whole milk-half caf-peppermint-white mocha, went to the ATM to get some dollars since the clifton general store doesn’t allow plastic for minimal purchases and all I wanted was a BLT, drove through the back roads to clifton and parked. As I started walking I heard someone yelling for help. It was an elderly lady who was helplessly lost after attempting… Continue

Added by Marie on March 25, 2008 at 5:44pm — 3 Comments

On a newfound appreciation for the little things in life

Due to my recent dislocate-my-knee-and-thus-have-cadaver-put-in-my-knee escapade, i have now gained a newfound appriciation for the things I used to take for granted, especially my friends and family who have stuck by me through this whole mess. This injury/surgery has for all intensive purposes catupulted me into being a bedridden 21 year old geriatric patient. I cannot even do the basic things needed to sustain life on my own. At the most, other than the bathroom breaks when it gets to the… Continue

Added by Marie on February 20, 2008 at 6:48pm — 2 Comments

thank goodness!!!

CRAWFORD NOTCH, N.H. -- Two hikers missing in Crawford Notch since Sunday were found Tuesday morning -- exhausted, dehydrated but otherwise OK.



Alex Obert, 30, and Stephen McCay, 29, both of Arlington, Va., were found on the back side of Mount Eisenhower. A helicopter spotted the men walking and took them off the mountain at about 10:30 a.m.



"We're feeling pretty good," Obert said. "Glad to be out of the weather and into some dry clothes."



The men were in good… Continue

Added by Marie on February 19, 2008 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts and Prayers Please!!!!

Hello All, today i got word that two of our FF/EMT's in my county have been missing for over a day after going on a hiking trip in New Hampshire,

please, please, please, keep the both of them as well as their family and friends in you thoughts and prayers!

~Marie

Added by Marie on February 19, 2008 at 1:45am — 7 Comments

i survived :).... update on teh knee

got outta surgery at about 1130hrs.... other than a dull ache, and what feels like ive been stabbed in the knee (guess scalpels count lol) i feel pretty good.... doc says surgery went awesome.... put the cadaver ACL in me and smoothed up some rough cartilage they found

Added by Marie on February 15, 2008 at 1:18pm — 8 Comments

eep!

T- 3 days til the knee surgery

Added by Marie on February 12, 2008 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

new toy!

bought myself a new toy! :) sig p239 40 cal :)

its prettttyyyyy!!!!

Added by Marie on February 9, 2008 at 4:19pm — 2 Comments

on having electricity put thru your muxcles

had my first pre-op Physical Therapy session today... didnt do much exercise wise, but got a take home sheet of exermercises...



what we mainly did is use the e-stim which is where they basically electrocute you muxcles so that they spasm which makes them basically get a workout without me physically working them



it was the WEIRDEST feeling I have ever felt...... like it was a cross between tickling and how it feels when you run into a dog electric fence... and the whole time… Continue

Added by Marie on February 6, 2008 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Surgery :(

Hey guys.... so i talked with the orthopod today about what the MRI

said...... I ruptured my ACL, have fluid in the joint, and bruised all

the bones..... ACL is def torn thru and thru and it has a gap in it big

nuff for me to even see as a quasi-layperson. Fan-freakin-tastic



Surgery to drill holes in my bones, put dead person ligament in me

(scrum-diddly-umptious), and put screws in is scheduled as of now for

next friday (day after valentines, aint that… Continue

Added by Marie on February 5, 2008 at 3:24pm — 2 Comments

eep

meeting with orthopod tomorrow to find out what the verdict on my knee is

Added by Marie on February 4, 2008 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

well, crap.....

TUESDAY AS SOME KNOW ALREADY, I HAD A BIT OF AN UT-OH... I DID A ROUNDOFF BACK-HANDSPRING AND I FELT MY KNEE POP AFTER THE ROUNDOFF, THEN FELT IT POP AND MY TIBIA AND FIBULA SHIFTED POSTERIOR TO THE FEMUR WITH A MEDIAL SHIFT IN THE PATELLA DUE TO THE MVMT OF THE 2 LWR LEG BONES ...... IT DIDNT HURT TOO BAD AT FIRST BUT IT WAS SO UNSTABLE THAT I RE-DISLOCATED IT 2X BETWEEN THE GYM AND MY CAR (OF COURSE I WAS STUBBORN AKA DUMB AND FINISHED MY 1/2 HOUR OF CONDITIONING BEFORE HEADING TO THE… Continue

Added by Marie on January 31, 2008 at 9:17pm — 2 Comments

omg owweeeeeee

I can now say from experience that having your tib and fib slide posterior to your femur does not feel good whatsoever....... ugg

Added by Marie on January 30, 2008 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

ack

note to self.... food poisoning totally sux

now I get to self do makeup work for the 10 hours of medic school im missing today... joy.....


anyone a whiz at pathophys?

Added by Marie on January 24, 2008 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

( : ( : ( : YAY! : ) : ) : )

I was really nervous after completing the dispatcher testing process (my goodness it was long!!!) lots of spelling, and grammer, and memorization, and maps (anyone that even half knows me knows i manage to get lost even WITH my gps system!!!!)



but the HR lady said i did exceptionally well and she was really excited about my past background in volunteering with both fire and police! I got a conditional offer of employment so now i really just need to do the polygraph!



the…
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Added by Marie on January 22, 2008 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

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