Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Trucking Ahead

Instead of spending the day at home with all of my regular distractions like the computer, TV, and food, I spent the day at Barnes and Noble's studying and I'm damn proud of myself.

I trucked on through three more chapters, came home and took all three exams all at 90% or above. (Neurological Emergencies, Diabetic Emergencies, and Acute Abdomen)

Neurological studies have always kind of intrigued me. I really enjoyed what I learned in that chapter and appreciate the complexity of the brain. I guess that was my favorite chapter.

School tomorrow and I'm now five chapters ahead. I might do a day at Barnes and Noble's again. What a productive day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm Finally Ahead!

Today we went over patient assessment. For some reason (I blame it on Hurricane Alex and other distractions), this chapter didn't sink in when I was reading it at home and I got a 76% on my exam for this specific chapter.

After my week out due to being drugged up, and the past week off due to the hurricane, I wasn't sure what chapter we were even on. In the meantime, I had been trucking along reading chapters and completing exams.

I was glad to know that we were going to be doing the patient assessment chapter so that I could go over all of it again with much less distraction. I think it helped, but I'm still going to go over the chapter in my book at least once more. While it is a boring read, it is an important part of EMS, I am sure.

After talking to people in the class, I realized that I am getting stuff finished faster than some of the others in class, which was my goal. I'm now 4 chapters ahead and hope to be 6-7 ahead by our next class in two days.

My goal is to do 2-3 exams per day and finish this class out early. I know I need to learn before I can be a good EMT and I shouldn't "rush it" but I feel like the 8 hours a week in class just isn't enough for me.

I'm not saying I'm uber smart, just that I'm not working, and all I'm thinking about is learning more, finishing exams to test my knowledge, and wanting to get out there and work.

So, if I seriously get 2-3 exams done each day (which I doubt I will) I could be finishing up by the middle of the month. I'd say the end of the month is a more realistic goal. Even then I still have to do my ambulance rotations (10 emergency calls. 5 as an observer and 5 as a lead medic) which I am a bit nervous about

I really don't want to screw anything up and I doubt I will. I'm a hand's on learner and this is a hand's on business.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Week Off

Hurricane Alex gave us a week off from school this week. I have still be studying and taking my online exams to get caught up. I am proud to say that I am now ahead of the class.

Last night I cracked the book to start on General Pharmacology. Finally, we are getting into some stuff that interests me. Yes, yes, I know, it is all equally important. I understand the importance of documentation, communication, EMT safety, baseline vitals, patient assessment, but it doesn't grasp my attention like these other subjects will. I can't wait.

On another note, I'm already scared of the NREMT exam. I had been reading on some forums the other night about people who had failed. Some examples included a person who had failed it three times and paramedics with 15+ years experience failing it. I mostly read that it is just how the questions are phrased. I think the best option is to get a book or two that directly focuses on the NREMT and study that separately when the time comes.

My recent entertainment has been listening to fire/ems scanner broadcasts from around the country, live and online. I find it interesting to hear all of the different calls that come out. I mainly listen to Houston Fire/EMS.

If you're interested you can check it out on then click on Live Broadcasts.
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