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Seirende

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To my understanding ketamine reduces suicidal ideation quickly and dramatically. Idk if esketamine does the same, but here's hoping.

I actually feel a bit better having options that have potential to work and work quickly.
 

Jim37F

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That moment when the rookie in station, the gung ho headstrong cocky, talk a lot of smack type, challenges you to a mask up drill, gloves on (i.e. properly donning SCBA Mask, hood, helmet, going on air, etc, all with the big bulky not very dexterous firefighting gloves on)... and not only do I beat him, I tied his self claimed PR time... AND this was at shift change so 1st Watch was watching as well...

Yup, think today is gonna be a good day 😁
 
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jgmedic

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That moment when the rookie in station, the gung ho headstrong cocky, talk a lot of smack type, challenges you to a mask up drill, gloves on (i.e. properly donning SCBA Mask, hood, helmet, going on air, etc, all with the big bulky not very dexterous firefighting gloves on)... and not only do I beat him, I tied his self claimed PR time... AND this was at shift change so 1st Watch was watching as well...

Yup, think today is gonna be a good day 😁
Then he cant get his gloves on and I get to ask howd your old, fat engineer beat your *** so badly?
 

DragonClaw

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Boyfriend had breakfast with me and we went on a motorcycle ride. Then he went home to get ready for shift.

After our ride I noticed he didn't have a fuel gauge on his bike. I ask him how he knows how much gas he has. He says a light will come on and that means he has 100mi left

He texts me a story about how it turns out it means he has 45 miles left and our old supervisor (he still works there, I don't) was driving around in his old truck and gave him a ride to and from the gas station.

Lessons learned.
 

Carlos Danger

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To my understanding ketamine reduces suicidal ideation quickly and dramatically. Idk if esketamine does the same, but here's hoping.

I actually feel a bit better having options that have potential to work and work quickly.
All I'm saying is look into all your options. I do not know enough about this stuff to make any recommendations.

I can only imagine that if I were in a place where I were having to consider these things, cost would be low on my list of considerations, even though I know it cannot be completely discounted as a factor for many folks.

I wish you the best of luck.
 

Seirende

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All I'm saying is look into all your options. I do not know enough about this stuff to make any recommendations.

I can only imagine that if I were in a place where I were having to consider these things, cost would be low on my list of considerations, even though I know it cannot be completely discounted as a factor for many folks.

I wish you the best of luck.
This has been a good conversation for me in terms of bringing stuff up.

Cost is a barrier to treatment for me given that I have zero of the monies.

Thanks :)
 

Carlos Danger

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This has been a good conversation for me in terms of bringing stuff up.

Cost is a barrier to treatment for me given that I have zero of the monies.

Thanks :)
I am sorry to hear that. You are in the large majority (for whatever small comfort that may be worth), and this is the primary failure of our healthcare system, especially the small portion that deals with mental health, which is relatively cheap to provide.

I am sure things will work out, though. Stay positive and keep punching.
 

Jim37F

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So I've been thinking about breaking down and buying a Leatherman Raptor. However while pursuing multi-tools I saw this version from SOG. Looks like a few more tools at a slightly lower price point (and I like SOG in general)

Anybody ever heard/seen these?

 

StCEMT

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I once had a pair. Eventually lost them and never replaced them. They cut great, but they weren't comfortable to cut with at all. Just get a pair that isn't as expensive. I just steal them from my local trauma center since they're free, cut really well, and free.
 

DragonClaw

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As far as cheapies go, the powdered shears from NAR are pretty good. They don't bend easily like other cheapies and are pretty smooth and have a textured inner grip where the fingers rest. There's also the little rounded bit on the opposite of the cutting edge that helps guide the shears.

My local 5.11 stocks them in store but not online. If you buy from NAR, you get the small discount with an account.

They're about 6-9$ depending on what length you get.
 

Tigger

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So I've been thinking about breaking down and buying a Leatherman Raptor. However while pursuing multi-tools I saw this version from SOG. Looks like a few more tools at a slightly lower price point (and I like SOG in general)

Anybody ever heard/seen these?

My raptors are hard enough to clean as it is, those look even worse. I hated on raptors for years because reasons but broke down and admit that they are pretty excellent, mostly because they fold. Go great on the radio strap

I don't think I've ever used any variety of a seatbelt cutter ever (as others said, duh they're scissors), but the O2 key on the seatbelt cutter is quite useful.
 

PotatoMedic

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I use my seatbelt cutter on my raptors to open boxes of supplies.
 

CALEMT

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Definitely earning the two days of OT I picked up. Up all night last night running calls and now I’m on a fire assignment in a neighboring county.
 

VentMonkey

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I’m about 2/5 for completing my paramedic refresher classes while on shift so far. Luckily, I have over a year to finish; did seem to have better luck with the CCP refresher though.
 

MackTheKnife

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Well Raptor is guilty of that too...
Seat belt cutters have their uses. Like zip ties or areas not amenable to scissors.
 

DragonClaw

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First call of the day, possible stroke and we got her in the ambulance and she stopped breathing. She had 4-5 past strokes and we had to bag her. I bagged too much at first. Hadn't bagged anyone before. They couldn't get an IV so my FTO drilled into her to get IO access. She was hypotensive.

She was not a small lady.

I put in 2 NPAs and had trouble with an OPA. Her jaws were really tight and nothing wanted to move. First time to do that in my life.

Ended up putting in an igel. First time for that.

She started breathing again and tried to bat at the bag and tried to yank out the i-gel.

Supervisor came and then she was pretty alert. Supervisor asked if she wanted the igel out and she nodded yes. We took it out and the Supervisor asked if it was okay to intubate her and put her to sleep, she said yes. She was talking with slurred speech but said yes.

We ended up intubating her and putting her on a ventilator and taking her to the hospital where they were waiting for us.

Still on shift, but it was a lot of firsts today. So far
 

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