#WWBH Kick-Off: April 23, 2014

Woww!! the week has gone by fast….   Can’t believe it’s time for another  WWBH Kick-Off.  This time our new co-host (Heather)  is trying her hands at the reigns – And doing an awesome job, I might add.

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Welcome ladies and gents to another installment of the Writer Wednesday blog hop!

Each week my fellow co-hosts, Leanne Sype and Tena Carr, and I post some visual prompts to try and kick-start your writing potential and ask that you share them with the rest of us as we share our own stories.

http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html

There are two entries for last weeks photo prompts, so please head on over to read and leave a comment, we all like to read the reactions to our work.

Love That Isn’t Spoken by Debb Stanton
Images of Chase by Scott Taylor
{Author Note:  I’m going to quickly insert My Story for last week’s blog hop into Heather’s Hop…..   Ok, back to Heather}
So, before I reveal the prompts for this weeks edition of the hop a little reminder of the rules:
  • There is either one picture and five random words or two pictures given out, which are to be used in the story.
  • The word count must be 500 words or less.
  • The deadline to link up is Tuesday of the following week.
  • Link up at the bottom of this post with your entry for the week.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

The prompt for this week is one picture and five random words:

 

shout
sieve
degree
pile
planning
Don’t forget to link up with your story:

#WWBH My Story: April 16, 2014

 

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“Come on!!” Carmine, Megan’s 3 year golden retriever mix seemed to say.  Tugging on her leash as she tried to pull Megan in the direction her son had gone a few minutes early.

Ever since Johnathon had come close to drowning, after falling into the nearby pond a little over a year ago, Carmine had been protective of the young boy.  She practically went into a frenzy anytime Johnathon was anywhere near water – Barking, Yapping, and turning around in circles.  Since the mishap with the pond, Megan saw to it that Johnathon received swimming lessons and anymore he was like a little fish in the water.  Still, old habits die hard and Carmine still couldn’t seem to stand seeing the boy in the lake (the same lake he had nearly drowned in).

“Carmine, you crazy pup”  Johnathon is fine.  “I can see him from here”

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Megan said as Carmine continued to tug and pull as hard as she could.  With a sigh, Megan let the dog lead her over to the edge of the pond.  In the water, Johnathon was indeed splashing happily, playing with the rest of his friends

from the small rural neighborhood.

 

“See?”  He’s just fine….

“Hey Mom, Johnathon called out, “Do you think Carmine would like to come in the water?””Why don’t you call her and give it a try,” Megan replied removing Carmine’s leash.

With a shrill whistle (that he had apparently been practicing) Johnathon called Carmine.  At the sound of her young master, Carmine glanced once at Megan then to Johnathon, once more back to Megan before running to the ponds edge.  She skidded to a stop at the edge as her feet touched the water.   For a while she stood there wining as she watched Johnathon in the water.

 

“Come on girl. it’s fine, I’m fine”

In the next moment Carmine plunged into the water paddling over to where Johnathon was.

“Thata girl” Johnathon happily ruffed the dogs head.

#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – R is for Resusci-Annie

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….

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AtoZ-RWhat does Resusci-Annie have to do with the History of Paramedicine?  Not much really except that in order to get anywhere on the journey through the EMT ranks you have to start with the basics – Basic First Aid…  Which of course means learning Mouth to Mouth and CPR – Meaning practicing on the  well known CPR Mannequin or Rescue/Resusci Annie.

There are (or at least were) stories out there that the doll was created to look like that of Dotor Safar’s daughter (who died at age eleven in 1966 after slipping into a coma from a severe asthma attack).  The other story is that it was created after that of the daughter of Swedish doctor (Safar?) who fell into an ice laden pond behind his house and drowned.  The story being that CPR was not attempted because (at the time) Paramedics were not trained in such methods.

The real story behind the face of Rescue Annie goes back to the 1880′s when  a young lady was pulled from the River Seine in Paris.  She came to be known by the nick name L’Inconnue de la Seine (The Unknown Woman of the Seine).  Attempts to determine her identity were unsuccessful.

Generations later she (or her likeness) would be brought back to life when two doctors (Dr. Peter Safar and Dr. James Elam) approached   a Norwegian toy doll maker, by the name of Åsmund S. Lærdal, about making a life-sized doll in which people could practice Mouth to Mouth and CPR techniques.

In the Mid- 1950′s, Drs Safar and Elam developed a method of Rescue Breathing and Chest Compressions.  Dr. Safar believed that such methods could be taught to (what we would now call) the general public and used to save lives.  He envisioned having a life-size mannequin for people to practice on.

It was Laerdal who came up with the idea of using the face of L’Inconnue de la Seine.

Today, Rescue Annie (or similar replicas) are frequently seen used in CPR and First Aid classes across the United States.

I cannot say that the idea stemmed from Rescue Annie or not, but over the years mannequins (or Dummies) have also been created that allow practice for many other First-Aid, BLS, and ALS procedures including IV placement and (I believe) Cricothryrotomy.

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Check out the other A-to-Z Challenge Participants

Here’s a few I came across:

I’ve also been doing this blogging challenge on the family blog (Life Happens)

#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – Q is for Quality

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….

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AtoZ-QLooking at the History of Paramedicine, one must also look at Quality and the improvements there of.  From the very beginning there has always been a push to improve quality and that push continues through to today.   In the days before modern EMS came into play, patient care in the field consisted mostly of packaging the patient and transporting (commonly known as scoop and run in the EMS world).   Its not to say that the quality of care was bad (or even good for that matter).   There simply wasn’t the expertise or ability to do anything more.  Even after the onset of “Modern EMS” there no “Standards” in treatment in training (in really anything)…  The level of training differed from state to state, city to city, and even department to department.   Needless to say the quality also differed greatly.

This video “Life or Death“posted on the National EMS Museum website gives a great look at  the needs (at the time it was made) for improved (and more standardized) EMS system

increased knowledge and technique as well as technology led to a lot of advancement in quality – such as the biophone that enabled Paramedics to talk to doctors, CPR and the knowledge that used early on could save lives (as could defibrillation) – as these the knowledge of such things increased so, too, did the quality of care that could be provided to the patient on scene or in the field.  Now patients could begin to be stabilized  and life saving treatment begun in the field…  Increasing the chances of a live body being brought in through the Emergency Room doors.

Even now the strive to improve quality, and come up with better methods of stabilizing and treating in the field, continues.

Check out the EMS HIstory app at Limmer Creative and the National EMS Museum  

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Check out the other A-to-Z Challenge Participants

Including these guys:

I’ve also been doing this blogging challenge on the family blog (Life Happens)

#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine -P is for James O Page

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….

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AtoZ-PJames O Page is considered one of the biggest Pioneers and even the Father of Modern EMS.  His is a name known by anyone who is in the EMS field (or at the very least interested in it).

When Mr. Page died in 2004 there was a cry throughout the Fire/EMS world.  He was to be (and still is) greatly missed.  His visions took EMS far, helping to make it what it is today.

James first became involved in the fire service in 1957, joining  the LA County Fire Department in 1959 after first serving in his own local community.  It should also be noted that he also worked his way  through law school at night – receiving his law degree and becoming a licensed lawyer in 1971.)

In the beginning, James received a lot of slack for his involvement in the EMS program.  Many firefighters were adamantly against the idea stating that they  fight fires, not do EMS.  In fact one chief is said to have gotten right in his face and clearly state that in no way would he have  “sissy nurses: riding on his fire trucks.  He also received a lot of political slack as well.  It was partly because of this slack that the decision was made to change the name  character name from Jim Page (as was the original plan) to Johnny Gage on the well known TV series Emergency! (of which James Page was technical advisor).

It was the same year that James became technical advisor (in 1971) that he also was assigned to coordinate the countywide implementation of paramedic rescue services.

Mr. Page was also the founder of JEMS (otherwise known as the Journal of Emergency Medical Services), which was founded in 1979, and later acted as executive chairmen

Sources:

Check out the EMS HIstory app at Limmer Creative and the National EMS Museum  

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Check out the other A-to-Z Challenge Participants

#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – O is for Obstacles

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….

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AtoZ-OThere were a number of obstacles that plague EMS.   Even today there are obstacles as EMS struggles with it’s own identity.  It it’s infancy, EMS was considered little more than an ambulance service.  Now some 40 plus years later there is still a struggle to over come that label.  Probably two of the biggest obstacles that took place in the days when EMS was in it’s infancy came from the side of the doctors many of whom questioned the ability of a someone who had not been through traditional medical training to perform  emergency type procedures in the field. The other obstacle came from that of the side of the firefighters that were being asked/encouraged to perform as Emergency Medical Technicians….  “We fight fires, NOT deliver babies and perform rescues.  Despite these (and other) obstacles, paramedicine took flight.  Even today obstacles continue, but EMS continues to flourish, continuous to be a profession (whether paid or volunteer) that is one that those who do it do from the heart.
Check out the EMS HIstory app at Limmer Creative and the National EMS Museum  

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Check out the other A-to-Z Challenge Participants

A Side Note on the #AtoZChallenge

I really am at a “Rock & Hard Place” type situation….  As of today (including doing today’s post), I am currently four letters behind (O, P, Q, & R – R being due today).  The difficulty is in the amount of time it takes to do the research and gather everything together into a cohesive post.  It’s not like I can just rattle stuff off the top of my head and have it come out sounding perfect without effort.

It was brought to my attention (by my husband) that just one post is taking me several hours to complete ( a better part of the day) and he’s right my “History of Paramedicine” posts are taking quite a bit of effort.  The problem being that other things are not getting done because of all the effort being taken up in this “challenge”  It was suggested/asked if I could maybe go with another idea that (maybe) wouldn’t take up so much time in research.  The problem is I’ve already started out with this theme in mind….  Besides, I have no idea what direction I could even go (even if I was to switch gears mid stream.

I don’t know whether or I should forge ahead and keep trying or just give up and bow out.  ACKKKKK – Frustration!!!!!

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